In celebration of the 2020 National Day on Writing®, you are cordially invited to an inaugural conversation and shared writing exercise with New York Times bestselling author Max Brallier. This NCTE-sponsored event is open to all, regardless of educational setting, and does not require membership. Classrooms, schools, and individual participants are all welcome. At the conclusion of the event, certificates of participation will be available after information about your celebration of writing has been submitted.

Classrooms and students across the country will gather with NCTE via Zoom at 1:30 p.m. ET for a very special author visit with Max on Tuesday, October 20, 2020. The event agenda is as follows:

  • 15 minutes of Max presenting to students
  • 5 minutes of Max sharing a writing prompt that will be open-ended and engaging for elementary-age students (It is: Think about a “normal” day in your life. Now imagine something fantastic or spooky happens! Describe it.)
  • 10 minutes of writing time with Max, who will encourage students as they plan and begin their writing

Adapt the resources and ideas shared in this session to meet your students’ needs!

Submissions of student writing can be sent to NCTE to become part of the official archive of the 2020 National Day on Writing®. Sign up and bring this event into your classroom for a celebration of what our words can do!

Tuesday, October 20, 2020 at 1:30 p.m. ET


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.