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Get Ready for the 2nd National Day on Writing, October 20, 2010!

I cannot tell you a better way to spend my day than writing and the NCTE (National Council of Teachers of English) along with Senate have dedicated a day for just that. Here is some information so you can join me and many other writers in celebrating what we love . . . writing!

Choose any piece you have ever written, spoken, drawn, texted, or videoed and submit it to the NCTE Gallery. Ask your family and friends to publish to the National Gallery, too! In this great mosaic representation of how people write today, every piece counts. As long as it is significant to its author, the NCTE has a place for it in the national gallery.

Talk to the classes you teach, community, service or church groups you belong to, or journalists/media personalities you know about publishing to the National Gallery. In the National Gallery of Writing the NCTE is collecting all kinds of writing from people from all walks of life—people just like you. Submit stories, poems, recipes, emails, blogs, even audio, video, and artwork.

You can download and post the National Day on Writing Flier!

Organize a celebration of writing in your school, group or community on October 20! The list of plans forming up around the country is impressive—everything from writing marathons, to poetry slams, to memoir chains, to journal read-ins, to post-it note plot schemes are in the works. Get creative and make your celebration memorable! Read about more ideas for celebrating here.

Share the news that the U.S. Senate has passed a resolution declaring October 20, 2010, the National Day on Writing.

Want more information on contributing to the National Gallery? Learn more about submitting your writing and about starting a gallery.

You can learn more and get more ideas at

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