National Day on Writing 2009

Who likes to write? Do you like to write? Then, why haven’t you entered your writing in the Gallery of Writing to celebrate the National Council of Teachers of English’s National Day on Writing? Yes, I know, I used “national” a lot in that sentence, but seriously, October 20 is a day to celebrate all we do as writers, publishers, readers…you get the idea. If you believe in the written word, this is the day for you!

Celebrate NCTE's National Day on Writing!

Celebrate NCTE's National Day on Writing!

On October 8, 2009, Senate passed a resolution supporting the National Day on Writing. Celebrated Tuesday, October 20, this day is intended to “draw attention to the remarkable variety of writing we engage in, and to help writers from all walks of life recognize how important writing is to their lives.” At the center of this celebration is the National Council of Teachers of English. Members of NCTE value writing as a tool for learning and live the importance of writing daily. Members nationwide will do their best to share their knowledge about writing and transform the public’s understanding of writing and the role it plays in society today.

How can you get involved? Submit your writing to the National Gallery of Writing! The Gallery is a digital archive of compositions, accessible to all through a free, searchable website, filled with examples of writing from across the United States. The Gallery will be unveiled for readers on the official National Day on Writing, October 20. To submit your work (and you had better do it soon!), head here: http://www.galleryofwriting.org/. Participate in this exciting event by sharing your work with the world!

Sylvan Dell believes in the power of the written word. Our authors work to spread literacy to the youth of America through book signings, school visits, and even virtual author tours. We’re proud to support the NCTE’s National Day on Writing. Be sure to submit your work to the Gallery of Writing. But there’s so much more you can do!

First submit your work online! Then, tell others to do the same. If you’re a professional writer or teacher, set up a speaking engagement for students, educators, church groups, media…the possibilities are endless. Organize a celebration in your community at your school, workplace, or local library. Finally, check out the National Council of Teachers of English social media sites on Facebook  and Twitter. The National Day on Writing is October 20! What will you do to keep the writing passion alive? For more information, be sure to visit the National Council of Teachers of English website: http://www.ncte.org/dayonwriting.

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