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Recognizing the importance of writing for all students and that teachers and students love to share their stories, NCTE celebrated its first National Day on Writing and unveiled its National Gallery of Writing on October 20, 2009. Since that day more than 30,000 pieces of writing, including poems, videos, essays, letters, audio recordings, blog entries, artwork, email and text messages, and short stories, have been submitted.

More about the National Day on Writing

Q: Is this an officially recognized day? Yes! The Senate passed resolutions in 2009 and 2010 declaring October 20 the National Day on Writing.


Q: Can I organize a celebration of the Day at my school? Yes! See the "Get Involved" page for ideas.


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Join NCTE in celebrating writing on the third annual National Day on Writing, Thursday, October 20, 2011

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

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.




This communication contributes to our academic achievement and rigor, to development of business and commerce, and to our global economy and community.

  • Young people using forms of digital media are leading the way in new forms of composing. (See Writing Between the Lines—and Everywhere Else)
  • Writers continue to learn how to write for different purposes, audiences, and occasions throughout their lifetimes.
  • point to the importance of writing instruction and practice at every grade level, for every student and in every subject area from preschool through university. (See The Genteel Unteaching of America’s Poor.) 
  • emphasize the lifelong process of learning to write and composing for different audiences, purposes, and occasions. 

NCTE members value writing as a tool for learning and live the importance of writing daily.


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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