WRITE. Publish your own writing to the National Gallery of Writing. Write something new or choose a piece you’ve already written. Remember that writing includes more than a pencil and a pen. Your submission can be something spoken, drawn, texted, or recorded.
INVITE. Encourage your students, family, and friends with an invitation to celebrate the National Day on Writing and publish to the National Galley of Writing.
SPEAK. Talk to the students you teach, community, service, or church groups you belong to, or journalists/media personalities you know about celebrating the National Day on Writing and publishing to the National Gallery of Writing.
CONNECT. Share your ideas and connect with others online on Facebook and Twitter. You can also share this National Day on Writing Flier with others. Inform your community with a press release outlining an event to celebrate the National Day on Writing and a press release introducing your new local Gallery of Writing.
INFORM. Spread the news that the U.S. Senate passed resolutions in 2011, 2010, and 2009 declaring October 20 the National Day on Writing. Ask your town officials and state legislators to proclaim October 20 as the National Day on Writing with this proclamation.
CELEBRATE. Organize a celebration of writing in your school, group, or community on October 20, the National Day on Writing. Your celebration might include a writing marathon, poetry slam, journal read-in, or a post-it note plot scheme. Get creative and make your celebration memorable! Read about celebrations that have taken place across the country. And please let NCTE know about your celebration by completing this short survey.
INVOLVE YOUR COMMUNITY. Your libraries, schools, organizations, and families can get involved with the National Day on Writing in a number of ways, including:
- Hosting a Gallery Open House.
- Conducting a Spoken Word/Poetry Slam Celebration.
- Holding a Writers’ Showcase or “Composition of the Day” event leading up to the National Day on Writing.
- Inviting well-known local/regional writers to share their writing tips and samples of their work at school or local group events.
- Creating a thematic writing event that focuses on a specific cause -- this could include showcasing chalk art, people writing on post-its or cut outs that could be posted on a wall or public display, graffiti art, letters to the military, writing about trauma or loss, etc.