James Simmons, a sophomore undeclared major from Wyomissing, was recognized by York College faculty members on National Day on Writing.
Every October 20, NCTE celebrates the importance, joy, and evolution of writing through a tweetup, using the hashtag #WhyIWrite and events hosted by thousands of educators across the country. This year we’ve launched a new website. Visit WhyIWrite.us for resources, the latest hashtag conversation, and a brand new podcast series.
Last year there were more than 60,000+ tweets with a reach of millions of people. The hashtag #WhyIWrite trended on Twitter all day long and was even featured in Entertainment Weekly: “Even some people who are famous for things other than writing, including Steelers linebacker Vince Williams, among others, have been using the hashtag.”
Why a National Day on Writing?
In light of the significance of writing in our national life, 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, NCTE established October 20 as The National Day on Writing. The National Day on Writing
- points to the importance of writing instruction and practice at every grade level, for every student and in every subject area from preschool through university (see The Genteel Unteaching of America’s Poor),
- emphasizes the lifelong process of learning to write and composing for different audiences, purposes, and occasions, and
- encourages Americans to write and enjoy and learn from the writing of others.