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National Day on Writing

National Day on Writing

What Is the National Day on Writing?

Every October 20, NCTE celebrates the importance, joy, and evolution of writing through a tweetup, using the hashtag #WhyIWrite and events hosted by thousands of educators across the country. This year we've launched a new website. Visit for resources, the latest hashtag conversation, and a brand new podcast series.

Last year there were more than 60,000+ tweets with a reach of millions of people. The hashtag #WhyIWrite trended on Twitter all day long and was even featured in Entertainment Weekly: "Even some people who are famous for things other than writing, including Steelers linebacker Vince Williams, among others, have been using the hashtag."

We have an exciting day in store for 2017. Stay tuned for new details! In the meantime, explore the many links below for ideas to help you plan your own celebrations around #WhyIWrite.


Deanna Mascle offers three-minutes on why we write. (video) 

 "Why Should We Celebrate Writing?" An interview with Stephen J. Parks. (audio) 

"It’s vital for us to champion the unique value of writing," writes Sean McComb in this Teaching Channel blog



Sondra Perl reflects on teaching writing today: "when it becomes digital, composing isn’t only the words." (video) 


Deborah Brandt talks about "Writing In the World of Work." (video)

 Katherine Solkowski talks about "Why I Write" on her blog.

NCTE Beliefs about Students' Right to Write 

 George Orwell’s Essay on "Why I Write"  
  Joan Didion’s Talk on "Why I Write"  Listen to several celebrities talk about why they write.  
 Participate via Twitter on October 20 using the #WhyIWrite hashtag and include visual representations in photos, film, and graphics.   Explore this list of tips and ideas for how to get involved with the National Day on Writing. 
 See NCTE's Beliefs about Students' Right to Write and Professional Knowledge for the Teaching of Writing. Read about the many ways people celebrated #whyiwrite in 2015.  


Join NCTE, the National Writing Project, The New York Times Learning Network, and The Teaching Channel in celebrating writing and thinking about why you do it.

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