Got an idea for a holiday? Send it to us

Submit Now


National Ghostwriters Week – March 1-7, 2025

National Ghostwriters Week takes place from March 1 to 7. Although ghostwriting seems like a modern phenomenon, it has been around since the 5th century, from the time that royal scribes wrote material for kings and other royal figures. A ghostwriter is a person who is paid to write on behalf of another and give credit to that person as the named author. Today, up to 50% of memoirs, autobiographies, novels, and nonfiction books are written by ghostwriters.

History of National Ghostwriters Week

Though the history of National Ghostwriters Week is unclear, the history of ghostwriting can be traced back to the 5th century. It’s been reported that royal scribes wrote material for monarchs, who then claimed the work as theirs.

A ghostwriter is a person who writes for another person and gives credit to that person as the author. The Oxford Dictionary defines it as “a person whose job it is to write material for someone else who is the named author.” The word ‘ghostwriter’ was, apparently, coined in 1921 by Christy Walsh, who employed the services of ghostwriters himself. He was quoted as saying, “Don’t insult the intelligence of the public by claiming these men write their own stuff.”

In the past, ghostwriting was shrouded in secrecy as most people were wary of revealing the fact that certain works were not written by them. However, it is common knowledge that most memoirs, autobiographies, and even fiction books are ghostwritten. Furthermore, it has become more expedient for people to hire and work with ghostwriters, thanks to technology. One of the main reasons for hiring ghostwriters is that they have the skill and dexterity to express the thoughts of the named author in a palatable and engaging way. For instance, a politician who may not have the time or skill to pen down his thoughts accurately — but wants to write an autobiography — may hire a ghostwriter. Most times, these writers have to work closely with the named authors, interviewing them to come up with the information necessary to write the content. Ghostwriters are a vital part of the literary world, as their work is faceless and goes unrecognized, most times forever. So let’s celebrate these talented and discreet individuals this week!

National Ghostwriters Week timeline

5th Century
Ghostwriting Begins with Royal Scribes

Scribes write for monarchs and other royal figures.

The First Fictional Work is Written

The first-known fictional work is written by Chretien de Troyes.

19th Century
Literature Categories Emerge

Literature is categorized into fiction and non-fiction.

‘Ghostwriting’ is Coined

The word ‘ghostwriter’ is coined by Christy Walsh.

National Ghostwriters Week FAQs

Is ghostwriting legal?

Yes. Ghostwriting is a legal venture.

How much do ghostwriters earn?

On average, a ghostwriter can be paid between $5000 to $100,000 per project, all dependent on the experience of the writer.

Who is the most famous ghostwriter?

The most famous ghostwriters in the world include H.P Lovecraft (“Imprisoned With the Pharaohs”), Peter Lerangis (“The Babysitter’s Club”), and Raymond Benson (“Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell”).

National Ghostwriters Week Activities

  1. Write a piece

    Write an interesting piece about a topic that appeals to you. You never know: a great writer may lie within you. Don’t worry, you don’t have to give credit to someone else!

  2. Do a little fun research

    Take a deep dive into the world of ghostwriters and do a fun search about famous books written by ghostwriters. The next section gives you a head start!

  3. Use the hashtag

    Don’t keep this holiday a secret. Share what you’ve learned with your connections using the hashtag #ghostwritersweek for more visibility!

5 Famous People Who Used Ghostwriters

  1. George Washington

    Washington’s famous “Farewell Address” was reportedly co-written by Alexander Hamilton and Washington himself.

  2. John F. Kennedy

    Kennedy’s “Profiles in Courage,” which won a Pulitzer Prize, was written by a ghostwriter.

  3. Ronald Reagan

    Referring to his own autobiography, Reagan said, “I hear it’s a terrific book. One of these days I’m going to read it myself.”

  4. Beyoncé

    Many of the singer’s songs have been ghostwritten by songwriters such as Justin Timberlake, Sia, Ne-Yo, and Frank Ocean

  5. Britney Spears

    The singer’s hit single ‘Till the World Ends’ was ghostwritten by Ke$ha.

Why We Love National Ghostwriters Week

  1. Ghostwriters perform selfless work

    It’s not an easy task to pour creativity and effort into a piece, knowing it will be credited to someone else. Ghostwriters are a special breed who use their talents to help others without receiving acclaim.

  2. It creates awareness about ghostwriting

    Ghostwriting is a field of writing that many people know very little about. National Ghostwriters Week helps create awareness about the important work that ghostwriters perform in society.

  3. It promotes ghostwriting

    Through the buzz generated during National Ghostwriters Week, people get to learn and appreciate the work that ghostwriters do. As a result, more people may decide to explore this interesting career path.

National Ghostwriters Week dates

2025March 1Saturday
2026March 1Sunday
2027March 1Monday
2028March 1Wednesday
2029March 1Thursday
Festival of Owls Week
Hearing Awareness Week
Iditarod Race
International Women’s Week
National Aplastic Anemia & MDS Awareness Week
National Ghostwriters Week
National Invest in Veterans Week
National Will Eisner Week
National Write a Letter of Appreciation Week
North Dakota Winter Show
Universal Human Beings Week
Universal Human Beings Week
Asiatic Fleet Memorial Day
Baba Marta
Baby Sleep Day
Earth God's Birthday
Endometriosis Awareness Day
Independence Movement Day
International Ideas Month
International Martisor
International Women of Color Day
National Black Women in Jazz and the Arts Day
National Dadgum That's Good Day
National Fruit Compote Day
National Horse Protection Day
National Hotel Slipper Day
National March First Day
National Minnesota Day
National Peanut Butter Lover's Day
National Pig Day
National Sage Day
National Texas Stress Day
National Wedding Planning Day
National Welsh Corgi Day
Peace Corps Day
Plan a Solo Vacation Day
Public Risk Management Awareness Day
Ramadan Begins
Refired Not Retired Day
Self-Injury Awareness Day
Share a Smile Day
St. David's Day
Tsagaan Sar
World Civil Defense Day
World Compliment Day
World Seagrass Day
Yap Day
Zero Discrimination Day
Academy Awards Month
Adopt a Rescued Guinea Pig Month
Adopt a Rescued Guinea Pig Month
Alport Syndrome Awareness Month
American Red Cross Month
Berries and Cherries Month
Bleeding Disorders Awareness Month
Bleeding Disorders Awareness Month
Brain Injury Awareness Month
Brain Injury Awareness Month
Colic Awareness Month
Color Therapy Month
Colorectal Cancer Education and Awareness Month
Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) Awareness Month
Dolphin Awareness Month
Employee Spirit Month
Endometriosis Month
Essential Tremor Awareness Month
Exotic Winter Fruit & Leeks and Green Onions Month
Expanding Girls' Horizons in Science and Engineering Month
Eye Donor Awareness Month
Frozen Food Month
Gardening, Nature and Ecology Books Month
Gender Equality Month
Greek-American Heritage Month
Honor Society Awareness Month
Humorists are Artists Month
International Mirth Month
Irish-American Heritage Month
Listening Awareness Month
Mad for Plaid Month
Malignant Hyperthermia Awareness and Training Month
March Madness
Marie Curie Great Daffodil Appeal
Mental Retardation Awareness Month
Middle Level Education Month
MS Awareness Month
National Athletic Training Month
National Bed Month (U.K.)
National Breast Implant Awareness Month
National Caffeine Awareness Month
National Celery Month
National Cerebral Palsy Awareness Month
National Cerebral Palsy Awareness Month
National Cheerleading Safety Month
National Clean up Your IRS Act Month
National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month
National Craft Month
National Credit Education Month
National Crochet Month
National Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month
National Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month
National Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month
National Endometriosis Awareness Month
National Ethics Awareness Month
National Flour Month
National Kidney Month
National March Into Literacy Month
National Music in Our Schools Month
National Noodle Month
National Nutrition Month
National Optimism Month
National Peanut Month
National Professional Social Worker's Month
National Reading Month
National Sauce Month
National Umbrella Month
National Women's History Month
NZ Book Month
Play the Recorder Month
Poison Prevention Awareness Month
Read an E-Book Month
Red Cross Month
Save Your Vision Month
Sing With Your Child Month
Small Press Month
Social Work Month
Spiritual Wellness Month
Supply Management Month
The Great Daffodil Appeal
Trisomy Awareness Month
Trisomy Awareness Month
Vascular Anomalies Awareness Month
Veggie Month
Women’s Month (Philippines)
Workplace Eye Wellness Month
Workplace Eye Wellness Month
Youth Art Month

Holidays Straight to Your Inbox

Every day is a holiday!
Receive fresh holidays directly to your inbox.