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National Day on Writing

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Ways to Get Involved

Your community, school, organizations, and family can get involved with the National Day on Writing in numerous ways.

  • Showcase work using poster sessions, computer lab presentations, etc.
  • Promote the local celebration with a series of personalized ads including:
    • Hold a Back-to-School Writing Celebration Night.
    • Hold a Gallery Open House.
    • Conduct a Spoken Word/Poetry Slam Celebration.
    • Hold a Writers’ Showcase or “Composition of the Day” leading up to the National Day.
    • Invite well-known local/regional writers to share their writing processes and samples of their work at school or local group events.
    • Create a thematic writing event that focuses on a specific cause—this could include showcase 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.
    • Hold a write-in.
    • Host a Family Writing Night.

Suggestions for where to hold Celebrations and Events:

  • Libraries
  • Senior Citizen Halls/Residences
  • Coffee Shops
  • Boys and Girls Clubs and Organizations
  • Parent/Teacher Nights
  • Tech Showcases
  • Churches
  • Back to School Nights or Parent Open-Houses
  • Community Festivals or Events

   Ways to Get Involved

  • WRITE.  Publish your own writing to the National Gallery.  Don’t wait.  Choose any piece you’ve ever written, spoken, drawn, texted, or videoed, and submit it to the NCTE Gallery.  Learn How to Submit Your Writing 
  • INVITE.  Ask your family and friends to publish to the National Gallery.  In this great mosaic representation of how people write today, every piece counts.  As long as it is significant to its author, we have a place for it in the national gallery.
  • SPEAK.  Talk to the classes you teach, community, service, or church groups you belong to, or journalists/media personalities you know about publishing to the National Gallery. 
  • START.  If you have a well-defined group who would like to see their work published collectively, consider forming a local galleryLearn How to Start a Gallery.
  • CELEBRATE.  Organize a celebration of writing in your school, group or community on October 20, the National Day.  The list of plans forming up around the country is impressive—everything from writing marathons, to poetry slams, to memoir chains, to journal read-ins, to post-it note plot schemes are in the works.  Get creative and make your celebration memorable! 

    Share the news that the U.S. Senate passed resolutions in 2009 and 2010 declaring October 20 the National Day on Writing.
  • CONNECT.  Share your ideas and connect with others online at the NCTE NING Group, become a fan on Facebook or follow us on Twitter.

Celebrations around the country!

Students Distribute Works throughout City to Celebrate National Day on Writing
Chelsea Standard, October 22, 2010

Region 8 Students Celebrate "Writing!"
KAIT TV, October 20, 2010

Sigma Tau Delta Takes Over Campus to Celebrate National Day on Writing
The Patriot News, October 20, 2010 

Writing Celebrated with Various Activities on Campus
The Grand Views, October 22, 2010 

5th Graders Learn from Write Stuff, October 21, 2010 

NH-S Celebrates National Day on Writing
NHS High School Spotlight, October 25, 2010

Kevin’s Meandering Mind
Go Ahead: Write (National Day on Writing), October 20, 2010 
Making Webcomics on the National Day on Writing, October 21, 2010 
From Bitstrips to Glogster: A Collection of Day on Writing Webcomics, October 23, 2010

NCTE member and consultant Mary Cappellini tells us that she helped organize a celebration for National Day on Writing at her daughter's school in  Newport Beach, California.  Newport Elementary, a K-6 school, invited community members and professionals, many of whom were parents, to talk to the children about the importance of writing and "how they use writing daily in their jobs or careers."  The students in each classroom listened to and interacted with three different speakers. Some of the speakers included attorneys, realtors, marketing consultants, restaurant owners, a city public information officer, a director of the local nautical museum, an editor of a magazine, and even a city editor and reporter of the local newspaper.

Besides having some parents participate as speakers, other parents also came during the writing workshop time and wrote along side their children in the classrooms. The day started with a "Writing Kick-off" by the school's principal. "It was a great celebration!" said Mary.

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