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National Day on Writing

National Day on Writing


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. 


Join #nctechat on Sunday, October 18, 8 p.m. ET:  #WhyIWrite: Exploring Writing Habits of Mind


"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 Beliefs about the Teaching of Writing.


Thursday, October 8, 2015, at 6 p.m. ET:  For this year's National Day on Writing (NDOW) on October 20 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 this episode of NWP Radio.


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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