National Day on Writing

NDWIn light of the significance of writing in our national life, to draw attention to the remarkable variety of writing we engage in, and to help writers from all walks of life recognize how important writing is to their lives, NCTE established October 20 as the National Day on Writing.

NCTE established the event in 2009 to celebrate composition in all its forms by individuals from all walks of life. In past years, the Senate has passed resolutions declaring October 20 the National Day on Writing. This year The Teaching Channel, The New York Times Learning Network, and the National Writing Project join NCTE as sponsors.

The National Day on Writing

  • points to the importance of writing instruction and practice at every grade level, for every student and in every subject area from preschool through university,
  • emphasizes the lifelong process of learning to write and composing for different audiences, purposes, and occasions, and
  • encourages Americans to write and enjoy and learn from the writing of others.

People in every walk of life, in every kind of work, and at every age write more than ever before for personal, professional, and civic purposes.

  • They write through text messages and IMs, they use video cameras, cell phones, mobile devices, and, yes, even traditional pen and paper.
  • The social nature of writing invites people in every walk of life, in every kind of work, and at every age to make meaning through composing.

We invite you to be part of the National Day on Writing! Join us on Twitter Sunday, October 18, at 8 p.m. ET for our next #nctechat, “#WhyIWrite: Exploring Writing Habits of Mind.” This event will kick off our seventh annual National Day on Writing celebration.

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About Lisa Fink

Lisa Storm Fink is the Project Manager for ReadWriteThink at NCTE. After teaching grades K-4 for almost 9 years, she brought her varied experiences (multi-age classrooms, looping, cooperating teacher for preservice teachers, plus a specialization in Remedial Reading) fulltime to the ReadWriteThink site. Lisa feels lucky to have worked on all parts of the ReadWriteThink site as a writer and reviewer, curriculum developer, and now as Project Manager. She enjoys sharing the site with others during professional development opportunities as well as with her preservice students at the University of Illinois.

2 thoughts on “National Day on Writing

  1. I agree with this post. All students should practice their writing. It is important to make meaning through composition.

    The student should write to for different purposes, audiences and events.

    One concern that I do have is no teaching in regard to cursive writing.

  2. It is through writing that our students will develop a truly useful skill to be experienced and enjoyed on daily basis.

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