What is National Writing Day?

National Writing Day is an annual celebratory project designed to inspire people across the UK to get writing. The message is simple: everyone has a story to tell and sharing it can be a source of pleasure and power.

National Writing Day aims 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. National Writing Day welcomes participation from any individual or group, regardless of age, gender, and cultural or economic backgrounds. It takes place this year on Wednesday June 26th and encourages all forms of writing and people to join in via a programme of public, educational and online activities.

Find out more about National Writing Day and why writing is for everyone.

When is the next National Writing Day?

Wednesday 26th June 2018

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.

You can download teaching resources for Early Years to Key Stage 5 as well as our Write Away! activity.

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?

 You can register your event on the National Writing Day website. Take a look at other events already listed to see what else is happening across the UK.

 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.

Event organisers can also download an A3 National Writing Day poster, or request one to be sent to you when you register your event.