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National Day on Writing

National Day on Writing

What Is the National Day on Writing?

See below for details from the 2015 event and keep Thursday, October 20, on your calendar for the 2016 event!



Celebrate NCTE's Seventh Annual
National Day on Writing -- Tuesday, October 20, 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. 

Participate by Twitter on October 20 using the #WhyIWrite hashtag and include visual representations in photos, film, and graphics. 


See the archive of #nctechat on Sunday, October 18:  #WhyIWrite: Exploring Writing Habits of Mind   See this blog post about Sunday's chat.


"In a time when we write more — not less — than we ever have, it’s vital for us to champion the unique value of writing," writes NCTE member Sean McComb in this Teaching Channel blog.


See NCTE's Beliefs about Students' Right to Write and Professional Knowledge for the Teaching of Writing.


"Why Should We Celebrate Writing?"Listen to the archive of this October 16,  2015, Education Talk Radio interview with NCTE member Stephen J. Parks, associate professor of writing and rhetoric, Syracuse University, and incoming editor of the CCCC Studies in Writing and Rhetoric book series, as he talks about the teaching of writing and the National Day on Writing.


Watch as NCTE member Deanna Mascle offers three-minutes-worth of reasons on why we write.


Listen to the archive of a National Writing Project Education Talk Radio program about the 2015 National Day on Writing: For this year's National Day on Writing we will focus on the what, how, and why of writing and we are asking people in our community to share their writing life by posting on social media with the hashtag #whyiwrite. To get the conversation started, members of NWP's Writers Council—all authors of YA novels—will join us on the program.


From 2014

Read about the celebrations that took place across the country in 2014 around the theme #WriteMyCommunity.

And see the archive of the #nctechat Twitter chat on Sunday, October 19, 2014, with guest hosts Ben Kuhlman (@bkuhl2you) and Jose Vilson (@TheJLV).


Hear 2014 NCTE Media Literacy Award Denise Grandits, 7th- and 8th-grade language arts teacher in Tonawanda, New York, talk about writing and using new literacies in her classroom.



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