National Day on Writing, Students Write with Max Brallier - National Council of Teachers of English

In celebration of the 2020 National Day on Writing®, classrooms around the country shared a writing exercise with New York Times bestselling author Max Brallier.

Submissions of student writing can be sent to NCTE to become part of the official archive of the 2020 National Day on Writing®. To sumbit and to request a Certificates of completion for participants, please email

Recorded October 20, 2020


Max Brallier is a New York TimesUSA Today, and Wall Street Journal bestselling author. His books and series include The Last Kids on Earth, Eerie Elementary, Mister Shivers, Galactic Hot Dogs, and Can YOU Survive the Zombie Apocalypse? He is a writer and producer for Netflix’s Emmy-award-winning adaptation of The Last Kids on Earth. Max lives in Los Angeles with his wife and daughter. Visit him at



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 and deserves greater attention and celebration. This year marks the twelfth year of the national day.

Every year NCTE and enthusiastic participants around the world continue to grow this event. Since 2009, #WhyIWrite has encouraged thousands of people to lift their voices and share why and when and how they write. In this incredibly challenging time for teachers, the National Day on Writing®  will be well received by the NCTE community as well as by teachers of language and literary arts throughout the country.


Why I Write T-shirts for 2020 can be purchased here. To see some of Max’s books and other books from authors who participated in The National Day on Writing® please see our page. (NCTE and independent bookstores will receive a small commission from purchases made using this link. Thank you!)