What is National Writing Day?
National Writing Day is an annual celebration of writing designed to inspire people across the UK to get writing. Our message is simple: everyone has a story to tell and sharing it can be a source of pleasure and power.
On 26th June 2019, we will aim to inspire creative writing on a grand scale—young people are more inclined to write creatively if they see adults around them doing so and writing can benefit people of all ages. We welcome participation from any individual or group, regardless of age, gender, and cultural or economic backgrounds. Our aim is to promote all forms of writing and encourage communities to join in via a programme of public, educational and online activities.
National Writing Day is led by First Story, a national literacy charity dedicated to changing lives through writing, and supported by fifty-five Official Partners and numerous other associate organisations. It is made possible with support from Arts Council England and Old Possums Practical Trust.
Join in by writing your own original piece on the day using some of our creative resources, attending an event hosted by one of our partners or sharing your own work on social media using #nationalwritingday.
I’m an educator, how can I involve my school?
There are a variety of ways you can involve your school in National Writing Day. You could:
- deliver a dedicated creative writing lesson using free teaching resources on our site;
- host a local writer for a reading or workshop;
- takeover the school assembly giving young writers a platform to share their work; or
- facilitate a lunch-time writing workshop.
Can anyone put on an event?
We are encouraging anyone across the UK to get creative and host a writing event in their community. You could put on a mass writing activity in the town square, a poetry slam, a free writing workshop, a pop-up poetry stall; whatever your idea we’d love to hear about it.
How do I list my event?
Is there a fee for being involved?
We don’t charge anything for hosting an event and anyone can organise a National Writing Day event. However, any associated event costs such as venue or writer fees are your responsibility.
What resources can we use?
Educators can download teaching resources such as posters, workshop plans and more by visiting our Resources page. Here you will find resource packs full of writing activities to be used with students from Early Years to Key Stage 5.