National Day on Writing, Students Write with Stuart Gibbs - National Council of Teachers of English

In celebration of the 2022 National Day on Writing®, you are cordially invited to a student-facing conversation and shared writing exercise with New York Times bestselling author Stuart Gibbs. 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 1:00 p.m. ET for a very special author visit with Stuart on Thursday, October 20, 2022. The event agenda is as follows:

  • 1:00-1:15 p.m. ET—Stuart Gibbs presents on his writing and writing process tips students (15 minutes)
  • 1:15-1:20 p.m. ET—Stuart Gibbs shares a writing prompt for students. The prompt will be open-ended and engaging for all (5 minutes)

Imagine you have lost a precious object, or it’s been stolen from you.
Write about the quest you need to accomplish in order to retrieve it.

  • 1:20-1:30 p.m. ET—Shared writing time with Stuart Gibbs; Gibbs will encourage students as they begin writing (10 minutes)

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

Sign up and bring this event into your classroom for a celebration of what our words can do!


Thursday, October 20, 2022, 1:00-1:30 p.m. ET

Registration for this event has now closed.

To see some of Stuart’s books, please see our page. (NCTE and independent bookstores will receive a small commission from purchases made using this link. Thank you!)


Photograph by Dashiell Gibbs

Stuart Gibbs is the New York Times bestselling author of the Charlie Thorne series, FunJungle series, Moon Base Alpha series, Once Upon a Tim series, and Spy School series. He has written screenplays, worked on a whole bunch of animated films, developed TV shows, been a newspaper columnist, and researched capybaras (the world’s largest rodents). Stuart lives with his family in Los Angeles.


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 fourteenth 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.