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2015 National Events

We Are Teachers

  • Connect Your Class with Author Kate Messner! -- To celebrate the National Day on writing, We Are Teachers is offering a unique opportunity for you to connect your classes with an award-winning author! On October 20th, connect your classroom with author, Kate Messner through Google Hangouts. Read also this blog from NCTE member Nicholas Provenzanorom (@TheNerdyTeacher) about Kate's appearance.

Education Talk Radio

  • NCTE: "Why Should Celebrate the National Day on Writing?" 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, discussing the teaching of writing and the National Day on Writing.
  • National Writing Project: On this 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.


2015 News & Blogs

Literacy & NCTE Blog

  • Celebrate the National Day on Writing: Encourage your students to uncover all of the different kinds of writing they do on a daily basis by asking them to keep a list of everything they write, from text messages to school assignments, e-mails to diary entries, in a single day.

The Teaching Channel

  • "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.

The New York Times Learning Network

  • Why do you write?   Every year on Oct. 20, we band together with partners like NCTE, the National Writing Project, and the Teaching Channel to encourage teachers, students and the world at large to celebrate the National Day on Writing by sharing their thoughts on Twitter.

National Writing Project

  • Why I Write: 2015 National Day on Writing.  What, how, and why do you write? This year we are asking people in our community to share their writing life with us. Post your writing during the National Day on Writing Tweet-Up on October 20 with the hashtag #whyiwrite.

Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day

  • The Best Resources for the National Day of Writing. "It’s important for everyone to share their knowledge about writing, organize participating groups in our schools and/or communities, and transform the public’s understanding of writing and the role it plays in society today."

Entertainment Weekly

  • Writers Share #WhyIWrite on Twitter for National Day on Writing.  "Using the hashtag #WhyIWrite, writers around the world are taking to Twitter to tell their followers what compels them to put words on a page. Even some people who are famous for things other than writing, including Steelers linebacker Vince Williams, among others, have been using the hashtag." 

Food World News

  • National Day on Writing: Writers Expressed Their Love For Writing Via Twitter. National Day on Writing has been the new Valentine's Day for writers around the world. As established by the National Council of Teachers, National Day on Writing has been celebrated by writers from all walks of life on October 20. It's a day to celebrate writing and its significance in our national life.

  • Toolwire Celebrates National Day on Writing through Game-Based Learning.  As educators nationwide celebrate the National Day on Writing, community colleges are leading the way in the use of a new instructional tool for developing foundational writing skills: digital game-based learning. This fall, more than 20 institutions are piloting a series of 17 writing games launched earlier this year by Toolwire, a leading educational game provider that will deliver game-based learning to over 250,000 students in 2015.

2015 Events


  • The University of Alabama in Huntsville will be celebrating NDoW for the first time this year! We will host about a dozen reading, writing, and literacy organizations for our campus and the Huntsville area on our central greenway. Each group will provide a writing-related activity to engage students and other passers-by, as well as promoting their organization. The event will be from 12-2 pm at UAH Greenway near Charger Union. It is free and open to the public.


  • Bestselling author Nathan McCall will serve as the guest speaker during Fall Convocation at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff  that will also commemorate the National Day on Writing. The free, public event will be held Tuesday, October 20, at 11:00 a.m. in the Kenneth L. Johnson, Sr. HPER Complex.


  •  Writers' Workshop Celebrates National Day on Writing:  Celebrate the National Day on Writing at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with the Writers' Workshop on Oct. 20: Tweet the Workshop why you write @WorkshopUIUC #WhyIWrite; look for our video "Why I Write" on screens around campus; come by our open mic from 4-6 p.m. in the EB Atrium to read your own work or an excerpt of something you love; visit us at 251 UGL to win door prizes and learn about our services.


  • Iowa City Public Library:  Celebrate the National Day on Writing with the Iowa Youth Writing Project from 3 to 6 p.m. Oct. 20 in the Storytime Room at Iowa City Public Library.


  • The Springfield College Humanities Department will celebrate the National Council of Teachers of English’s seventh annual National Day on Writing on Tuesday, Oct. 20 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. This event recognizes the importance of writing nationwide and its impact on our communities. As part of the celebration, children at the Springfield College Child Development Center will be drawing on the backs of postcards that will be mailed to the homes of the children participating. The Humanities Department will also be hosting a postcard table on campus encouraging students to write letters to their families back home.  The Springfield College Babson Library also will be hosting an event during the day that will encourage students to write on paper hung on the walls of the collaborative learning area in response to the NCTE's theme of #WhyIWrite. Thanks to the support of the Writing Across the Curriculum Committee, similar versions of this activity will be hosted by the Departments of Psychology, Education, and Occupational Therapy, as well as by the School of Continuing and Professional Studies. In addition, the Springfield College Career Center will host a table in the Flynn Campus Union during the celebration encouraging students to write about what they plan on doing following their time at Springfield College.


  • Find Your Writing Center: Join us in the University of Nebraska at Omaha Writing Center on Wednesday, October 21, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., for food and activities. See how the Writing Center can relieve stress and help you find your center during the school year. There will be origami, haiku writing, yoga, and snacks. We hope to see you there!

North Dakota:

  • On Tuesday, October 20, 2015, North Dakota State University (NDSU) will participate in the National Day on Writing, an annual event organized by the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) to “draw attention to the remarkable variety of writing we engage in”

The celebration at NDSU includes the following events:

Resources for Writers:  9:00am-4:00pm, Memorial Union lobby

#BisonWrite: NDSU Writing Programs on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook:  9:00am-5:00pm

Sidewalk Chalk: The Power of Words

Grant Writing Help: 5 Cents (or not):  10:00am-12:00pm, Memorial Union lobby

Electronic Publishing Workshop:  11:00am-12:00pm, Quentin Burdick Building, room 150D

Writing for the Communication Evolution:  1:00pm-2:00pm, Sudro Hall, room 26

Infographics Workshop:  2:00pm-3:00pm, Quentin Burdick Building, room 150D

Thesis Formatting in Word:  3:00pm-5:00pm, Quentin Burdick Building, room 150D

Write to (Actively) Learn:  3:30pm-4:15pm, Minard Hall, room 210

Open Access Faculty Panel Discussion:  4:00pm-5:00pm, Weber Reading Room, Main Library


  • This year, the Jones White Writing Center and the IUP Writing Across the Curriculum Program are celebrating the National Day on Writing through Instagram!  All members of the Indiana University of Pennsylvania community are invited to Instagram writing selfies (a picture of yourself writing) in your favorite space, with your favorite tools, or with your favorite company; add a caption describing what writing means to you, and include both hashtags #WhyIWrite and #IUPWrites.  On October 20th, prizes will be awarded to random Instagramers in honor of the National Day on Writing.  

 Virgin Islands:


  • The Wyoming Writing Project will host a Writing Marathon on the University of Wyoming campus starting at 9:00am in the Literacy Research Center and Clinic. The marathon will last an hour with optional open mic at 10:00am. Follow us on Twitter @wyowriting and #wyowriting #WhyIWrite.



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Posted By: JG on 9/12/2015 9:23:43 PM

Because the National Day on Writing is so close to Veterans Day, my classes observe this day by writing notes of encouragement and thanks to those who serve our country. Lee College (located in Baytown, Texas) shows its commitment to our veterans through our Veterans Center. Whenever those in the center send care packages to our soldiers, they include the notes that my English Composition I and British Literature students have written. This project not only allows my students to practice their writing, but it also proves to them that writing matters beyond the classroom. Perhaps even a small service learning project can a difference to someone you don't even know.

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