National Day on Writing 2017

October 20, 2017

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Dear Colleagues,

Happy National Day on Writing! Although writers always write, this document encourages you to take this day to specifically engage and release the inner-writer in all of you! The document has been expanded from last year and includes additional school community resources.

We acknowledge that writers of all ages are at different places. Based on the balanced literacy model which supports process writing, we have provided lessons, suggestions, videos, and links to support you and your writers.


To celebrate and advocate writing as a critical, continuous World-Class 21st century skill.


To engage all as writers through the exploration of relevant, school-wide, interdisciplinary, and writing endeavors.


I can:

-celebrate writing

-engage in writing

-relate my writing choices to me and my interests

-create using the writing process

School Community and Student Resource

Click here for a school community and student National Day on Writing newsletter and resources.

What is the National Day of Writing?

Started in 2009, through the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) and a unanimously passed resolution in Congress, October 20th became designated as the National Day of Writing to highlight and celebrate writing.

Join Prince William County Schools, NCTE, the National Writing Project, The New York Times Learning Network and The Teaching Channel to celebrate writing!

For more information click here.

Why Write

National Day of Writing

Friday, Oct. 20th, 7am-11:30pm

Prince William County, VA, United States


I plan on participating in the National Day of Writing at my school with my students!

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

Sample Lessons for the National Day of Writing

Quotations about Writing

"Writing is like a sport, it’s like athletics. If you don’t practice, you don’t get any better."

– Rick Riordan

"Sloppy is as sloppy does."

-Harvard Business Review

"I’ve found that topics that are the most uncomfortable are usually the ones that need the most discussion. Writing is one of them. It’s a conversation that is crucial to have — with everyone."

" can’t all be on the same page if it’s a blank page."

-Harvard Business Review via The Huffington Post

"Students can learn how to utilize grammar in their own writing by studying how poets do—and do not—abide by traditional writing rules in their work."

-The Atlantic

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Sample School-Wide Morning Announcement

Writing Tip Links

1. How to Write a Persuasive speech, courtesy of Time Magazine:

2. How to write compelling arguments:

3. Top writing tips from Mystery and Thriller writers:

4. A top list for writing process websites for elementary school teachers:

5. A top list of writing process websites for middle school students and high school:

Creative writing lessons: Creative Writing tips, advice and lessons from bestseller Stephen King
How to Write a Short Story
Learn How to Draw Piggie, with Mo
CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT || 5 tips on creating compelling, captivating characters
Mo Willems and the art of children's books
The Writing Process
The History of Writing - Where the Story Begins - Extra History

PWCS National Day of Writing Committee

Language Arts Curriculum Supervisor:

Dr. Roberta Apostalakis

Language Arts Professional Development Specialist:

Donna Morgan

Team Lead and Facilitator:

Laura Gazda

Elementary School Contacts:

Joy L. Taylor

Leanne Medders

Deanna Kemick

Middle School Contacts:

Lisa Zilka

John Dutton

Tamara J. Zimmerman

Anne M. Walker

Marirose A. Lafollette

Bridget A. Seymour

Jennifer J. Seifried

Charles Bailey

Lina Ell

Erin Pease

High School Contacts:

Trevor Aleo

Joyce A. Chastine

Jovanna Thompson

Octavia McDonald

Garrett Carlson

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