The National Day on Writing: Oct. 20

Americans are writing more than ever whether it’s texting, IMing, jotting a note, writing a letter, posting an email, blogging, making a video, building an electronic presentation, composing a memo, keeping a diary, or simply pulling together a report. Recent research suggests that writing, in its many forms, has become a daily practice for millions of Americans. According to the National Association of Teachers of English (NCTE), “It may be the quintessential 21st century skill.”

NCTE is building an online National Gallery of Writing by inviting people to select and post one thing they have written that is important to them. NCTE guidelines state, “Anyone can share any composition; it can be any format—from word processing to photography, audio recording to text messages—and any type of writing—from letters to lists, memoirs to memos. Even cell phone writing and PDFs of handwritten notes are appropriate submissions to the National Gallery of Writing, as long as they are pieces meaningful to their authors.” The writing in the National Gallery is meant to represent all the many ways we’re writing today and all the many reasons for writing: personally, on-the-job, and educationally.

Teachers and students are invited to share their meaningful pieces in the National Gallery or start a Local Gallery and celebrate with thousands of other writers on October 20, 2009, the National Day on Writing. The National Gallery will be open for viewing/reading through June 1, 2010. Everyone who visits the Gallery of NCTE can find useful tips and guidelines for writers from the National Council of Teachers of English.