Ways to Celebrate

Your libraries, schools, organizations, and families can get involved with the National Day on Writing in a number of ways.

Below we share links to some examples of the following:

  • Host a writing Open House
    The Live Oak Writing Project hosted write-ins on the Southern Miss Gulf Coast Campus and supported writing activities in public school classrooms from Pascagoula to Bay St. Louis.
  • Get Ready for National Novel Writing Month!
    National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) is a fun, seat-of-your-pants approach to creative writing. On November 1, participants begin working towards the goal of writing a 50,000-word novel by 11:59 PM on November 30.
  • Conduct a Spoken Word/Poetry Slam Celebration
    In this poem from English Journal by Kati Macaluso describes the powerful experience of watching her students perform in a poetry slam.
  • Hold a Writers’ Showcase or “Composition of the Day”
    Writer Jason B. Sizemore describes his participation in Lexington’s “Longest Short Story” event.
  • Invite well-known local/regional writers to share
    This is an article about an event the University of Arkansas held in which writer Nathan McCall was the speaker.
  • Create a thematic writing event that focuses on a specific cause
    Examples of this have included showcasing chalk art, people writing on post-its or cut outs that could be posted on a wall or public display, graffiti art, letters to the military, writing about trauma or loss, etc.

For even more ideas, check out these resources:

If you plan a National Day on Writing event, NCTE wants to hear about it! You can share your events through this online form.


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