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Why I Write: 2016 National Day on Writing

October 20, 2016

The National Writing Project, NCTE, The New York Times Learning Network, and the Teaching Channel invite you to celebrate writing in all its forms: through photos, film, and graphics; pens, pencils, and computers; in graphs, etchings, and murals; on sidewalks, screens, and paper. This year we are asking people in our community to share their writing life with us. Post your writing during the National Day on Writing Tweet-Up on October 20 with the hashtag #whyiwrite.


NWP Radio: #WhyIWrite
Thursday, October 20, our day will culminate with a special NWP Radio episode featuring poet Jimmy Santiago Baca ; family activist and co-director of the Family Story Project Mia Birdsong ; and writer/educator Brian Mooney , along with some of Brian's students. Thursday, October 20, 4:00 p.m. PDT/
7:00 p.m. EDT

Letters to the Next President 2.0

Youth (13–18) are writing (and making) to voice their opinions on the issues that matter to them this election. Celebrate the National Day on Writing by reading and sharing these thoughtful and passionate letters.

Essays, Stories, or Poems

Videos/TED Talks


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