NCTE National Day on Writing

October 13, 2022
NCTE National Day on Writing
NCTE National Day on Writing: Thursday, October 20, 2022 #WhyIWrite

Mark your calendars: On October 20, 2022, the National Council of Teachers of English will celebrate the National Day on Writing®, engaging writers from all walks of life and encouraging their craft, from persuasive, narrative, expository, descriptive writing, and more!

To help make the most of the National Day on Writing®, here’s a roadmap of all things leading up to and happening on Thursday, October 20, along with resources to help spark your writing process!

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NCTE National Day on Writing® #WhyIWrite

Join the excitement around NCTE's National Day on Writing® with the NCTE social media channels! Throughout the day, respond to our prompts on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, and LinkedIn using the #WhyIWrite hashtag for a chance to be featured on our social media platforms and even in an upcoming INBOX!

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Commit to celebrating with us for a chance to win an NCTE T-shirt!

We welcome all students and educators to join us for these open events in celebration of NCTE's National Day on Writing®.

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OCT 20 @ 1:00 p.m. ET: Students Write with Stuart Gibbs | For Students and Teachers

Students write with Stuart Gibbs: National Day on Writing | Thursday, October 20, 1-1:30 PM ET -- Join students and teachers across the country for an inspirational lesson from acclaimed author Stuart Gibbs as he shares a writing prompt and his guidance on the writing process.  Registration open to all

Students Write with Stuart Gibbs: Grab your paper and pen for an inspirational writing opportunity for students and teachers to participate in together.

Register now to save your class's seat!

Online Events Leading up to the National Day on Writing®

NCTE Twitter Chat: You Never Write Alone: Building a Community of Writers: Join us for #NCTEchat on Sunday, October 16, at 8 p.m. ET, as we kick off the week of events around the National Day on Writing®. We will chat about building a community of writers as a powerful way to “foster a culture of authentic and culturally sustaining writing instruction.” Learn more >>

Student Writing Awards

Are you interested in national experiences for your students to share their writing? Do you publish an art or literary magazine the world should know about? NCTE offers three student writing award programs annually: Achievement Awards in Writing, Promising Young Writers, and Recognizing Excellence in Art and Literary Magazines (REALM). These award programs can be an excellent addition to your 2022–2023 plans. Award committee members, judges, and educators will be available during this event to share and answer questions on each opportunity. Learn more >>

Celebrating Black Writers: A Discussion with the Winners of the National Writing Contest

In celebration of NCTE's annual National Day on Writing®, join us as acclaimed journalist Cheryl Wills sits down in discussion with the winners of the National Writing Contest—Celebrating Black Writers. Learn more>>

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