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The National Council of Teachers of English will soon mark its Centennial, 100 years of leadership in literacy education. As our Centennial slogan suggests, we are reading the past and writing the future. Founded in Chicago in December 1911, we invite you to return to the city November 17-20 for our 2011 Annual Convention.


What is the National Day on Writing?  Writing is a daily practice for millions of Americans, but few notice how integral writing has become to daily life in the 21st century.  To draw attention to the remarkable variety of writing we engage in and help make writers from all walks of life aware of their craft, NCTE established October 20, 2009, as the National Day on Writing.

Is this an officially recognized day? Yes! On September 29, 2010, the Senate passed a resolution declaring October 20, 2010, the National Day on Writing.  The Senate also passed a similar resolution on October 8, 2009.

When is the 2011 National Day on Writing?  Thursday, October 20

Where can I see the writing that has been submitted?  View thousands of submissions in hundreds of galleries in the National Gallery of Writing

Where do I begin?  See these ideas for participating and tips for writers.



Learn about NCTE's history and the history of literacy education in these Centennial resources!

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