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Writing is important.

What did you write today? A check? An email? A text message? A shopping list? A chapter of your book? A news article? A tweet?

We all have our own reasons for why we write, and many are essential to accomplishing our daily plans, not to mention achieving our dreams.

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 but needs greater attention and celebration.

For the past ten years, 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.

We must work to ensure that our teachers and schools have what they need to help students develop as writers. Won’t you join the conversation? Tell us why you write.

NCTE acknowledges the support of the National Writing Project, National Novel Writing Month, the Teaching Channel, and The Learning Network of The New York Times, who are also collaborators on the National Day on Writing.


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