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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.


1 link to gallery, no big paragraphs


In the National Gallery of Writing we’re collecting all kinds of writing from people from all walks of life—people just like you.  Submit your stories, poems, recipes, emails, blogs, even audio, video, and artwork. And tell us below what you did in your school, library,office, or community to commemorate the day!

Want more information on contributing to the National Gallery?  Learn more about submitting your writing and about starting a gallery.

For those having trouble getting started, NCTE has created Tips for Writers and made some sample writings available.  For those needing inspiration, popular authors and celebrities, such as Sarah McCoy who tells us "a day without writing is like a day without food," talk about writing.

Established by NCTE, the National Gallery and the National Day

  • highlight the remarkable variety of writing we engage in today;
  • provide a collection for research on whether writing today has risen to new highs or sunk to new lows; and
  • help us help others to write better.

Writing in the 21st Century (Kathleen Blake Yancey, NCTE, 2009)

Writing between the Lines -- and Everywhere Else (NCTE, 2009)

Hundreds of writers took part in the 2010 National Day on Writing! Read about the celebrations that took place around the country, check out the pieces in the National Gallery of Writing, and see the Senate resolution "expressing support for the designation of October 20, 2010, as the "National Day on Writing!"

The 2009 National Day on Writing was a great success!  Read about the celebrations and discussions from the National Day, October 20, 2009, or browse the writing in the National Gallery of Writing.




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

About the National Day

The National Gallery

Celebrity Testimonials

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