The national day on writing raises awareness of the primacy of writing in our lives.

As the National Council of Teachers of English website notes:

"People in every walk of life , in every kind of work , and at every age write more than
ever before for personal , professional , and civic purposes ....More and more people in all occupations deem writing as essential."

October 20th is celebrated as The National Day on Writing. This occasion is celebrated:

  • in light of the significance of writing in our national life
  • to draw attention to the remarkable variety of writing we engage in
  • to help writers from all walks of life recognize how important writing is to their lives.

This day on writing :

  • emphasizes the lifelong process of learning to write  and to compose for different audiences, purposes, and occasions
  • encourages Americans to write and enjoy and learn from the writing of others.  

The University Center for Excellence in Writing hosts several writing-related activities each year. Check out some of our archives!

Please see our Activities and Contests links for further information about this year's "NDOW," including information about the annual Student Publication Ceremony.