October 20, 2014 is the National Day on Writing

writing on handMonday, October 20, 2014 is the National Day on Writing!

Teachers and their students around the country are encouraged to take time out of their day to celebrate writing and to consider the role it plays in daily life.  This is the sixth annual National Day on Writing, which is held on October 20th every year.  The National Day on Writing is joint initiative between the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE), the National Writing Project (NWP) and The New York Times Learning Network.  It is a nationally recognized holiday, passed by Senate resolutions in 2009 and 2010.

Established by NCTE, the National Gallery and the National Day, the National Day on Writing Strives to:

1.  highlight the remarkable variety of writing we engage in today;

2.  provide a collection for research on whether writing today has risen to new highs or sunk to new lows; and

3.  help us help others to write better.

Campuses and communities around the nation celebrated the National Day on Writing with webcasts, writing marathons, exhibitions of local writing, and even a six-word memoir challenge.  National press coverage of the event celebrates local writers’ contributions to the National Gallery of Writing, where examples of work are published and archived.

This year’s theme is Write My Community.  From NCTE’s site:

This year we encourage you to focus your writing on your community in any way you see fit. Post your writing during the National Day on Writing Tweet-Up on October 20 with the hashtag #WriteMyCommunity.

The NYCWP encourages you to participate in the National Day on Writing and to share your stories with us by emailing them to admin@nycwritingproject.org.  Some of your and your students work may be featured on this blog!

For more information on the National Day on Writing, please visit the NCTE website.


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