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The National Day on Writing® (October 20), an initiative of the National Council of Teachers of English, is built on the premise that writing is critical to literacy but needs greater attention and celebration. Every year NCTE and enthusiastic participants around the world continue to grow this event.

Since 2009 we’ve seen hundreds of thousands of people share their responses and engage in activities around the theme of #WhyIWrite. Their collective voices are raising the volume on this issue.

This October the National Day on Writing celebrates its 10th anniversary and, with your involvement, this will be our best year yet.

Take a peek at what we’ve got planned!

Featured Highlights

 

The Moth Storytelling Event

October 8, 2018 1:00–3:00 PM
New York, NY

 

All teachers know the power of stories, but how often do you get to tell your own? Join us for an incredible storytelling workshop with The Moth, an organization that “celebrates the ability of stories to honor both the diversity and commonality of human experience, and to satisfy a vital human need for connection.” NCTE members are invited to attend an exclusive event in New York City where members of The Moth team will guide them in learning how to tell their own stories and how to encourage their students to do the same!

 

Registration for this event is now closed.

Writing = Hope × Change

Jacqueline Woodson

 

A National Write-In
October 19, 2018

 

Join celebrated author Jacqueline Woodson in a virtual write-in as she guides aspiring writers through an exploration of why we write and how our words can transform our lives and those of others. Supporting materials, including a video, lesson ideas, and other resources, will be made available in October. This opportunity is presented in partnership with the Children’s Book Council. 

 

Sign up today to get updates on this project.

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Monthlong Events

 

NCTE members are invited to sign up to receive writing resources in their inbox each weekday throughout the month of October. Sign up now.

 

#WhyIWrite Social Campaign
Throughout the month, posts will go up each day with insights and opportunities to share #WhyIWrite.

 

Dated Events

 

October 3 – #WhyIWrite on the Hill (Washington, DC)
We will visit all 100 Senate offices on Capitol Hill to remind legislators of the importance of writing and ensure we have several sponsors for this year’s resolution.
See last year’s resolution here.

 

October 8 – The Moth Storytelling Event (New York, NY)
NCTE members are invited to attend an exclusive event in New York City where members of The Moth team will guide them in learning how to tell their own stories. Registration for this event is now closed.

 

October 14 – Writing for Empathy #NCTEchat
NCTE member Nicole Mirra will lead a Twitter chat around the role writing can play in fostering a critical, civic form of empathy in schools.

 

October 19 – Writing = Hope × Change / National Write-In
Join celebrated author Jacqueline Woodson in a virtual write-in as she guides aspiring writers through an exploration of why we write and how our words can transform our lives and those of others. Sign up today to get updates on this project.

 

October 20 – National Day on Writing
People around the globe will share their love of writing via the #WhyIWrite hashtag.