What is National Writing Day?

National Writing Day aims to inspire people across the UK to discover the pleasure and power of writing.

National Writing Day will celebrate and promote writing across the UK.

Poems, stories, letters, raps, songs, scripts and more – we want schools, libraries, writing groups and communities across the country to experience the pleasure of writing creatively.

National Writing Day will both provide a platform for existing initiatives and introduce a host of new events and activities aimed at getting people writing.

“Tell your story, pen your poem, sing your song. We all have tales to tell. We just have to find the voice to do it. Find the voice, tell it your way. It’s your story.”

Michael Morpurgo, for National Writing Day 

Why is it happening?

Writing is a source of pleasure and a source of power.

No matter who we are, the ability to write with confidence helps us all flourish.

Writing creatively is more than just learning a skill. It’s about being connected to your own voice, your own language and your own story. It unleashes the imagination and develops self-confidence through self-expression.

Discover your story and make your voice heard this National Writing Day.

“An idea so absolutely right that it’s hard to believe that it doesn’t already exist.”

Mark Haddon, author of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

When will it take place?

Wednesday 21st June 2017

Who’s involved?

National Writing Day is coordinated by First Story, a national literacy charity dedicated to changing lives through writing.

We’re bringing together organisations including: Arvon • Bath Spa University • Belfast Inter Schools Creative Writing Network • Brunswick • Centre for Literacy in Primary Education • Cheltenham Literature Festival • English Media Centre • Forward Arts Foundation • Hull City of Culture 2017 • Literature Wales • Literature Works • Ministry of Stories • National Association of Writers in Education • National Literacy Trust • New Writing North • Paper Nations • Poetry School • Royal Society of Literature • Scottish Book Trust • Scottish Library and Information Council • Scottish Poetry Library • Spread the Word • The Poetry School • Writing East Midlands • Writing West Midlands • Writers’ Centre Norwich and many more to create a truly national UK-wide programme of writing events and opportunities.

“I am delighted to champion National Writing Day.”

Cressida Cowell, author of How to Train Your Dragon

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