2018 NCTE Events


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 for 2018!

Monthlong Events

NCTE Writes
NCTE members will be invited to sign up to receive writing resources in their inbox each weekday throughout the month of October.
#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. RSVP by October 3.
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.
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