A National Day on Writing Toolkit

The National Day on Writing®, October 20, is built on the premise that writing is critical to literacy but needs greater attention and celebration. 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.

When you host a National Day on Writing event, you help to elevate that conversation and this toolkit can help you do just that. Share what you do via the #WhyIWrite hashtag.

Download your toolkit today! 

Featured Conferences


CCCC Annual Convention

Milwaukee, Wisconsin • March 25-28, 2020

LLA Literacies for All Summer Institute

Normal, Illinois • July 10-12, 2020

CEL Annual Convention

Baltimore, Maryland • November 24-26, 2019

Online Events


Web Seminars

NCTE Writes



#NCTEchat is a fast-paced monthly Twitter chat where incredible ideas fly and solid advice comes in 280-character snippets. Join the conversation!

  • October #NCTEchat: Sunday, October 20, 8:00 p.m. EST
    • A Celebration of the National Day on Writing
    • Featuring questions from the #NCTEvillage about challenges in writing instruction.

Read through the Wakelet archives of all past #NCTEchats

NCTE Annual Convention

Denver, CO

November 19-22, 2020

The NCTE Annual Convention is an opportunity to find new teaching allies, new connections with luminaries and authors, and enough new books to fill entire shelves in classroom libraries. Join us in November as Denver welcomes more than 8,000 authors, advocates, and literacy educators from across the country.

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National Celebrations


NCTE Advocacy and Leadership Summit

April 6-7, 2020

National Day on Writing

October 20

African American Read-In

February (all month long)