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How Did You Celebrate the National Day on Writing?
from NCTE INBOX 10-23-12 

The fourth annual National Day on Writing was celebrated on and around October 20. Read about a variety of celebrations held around the country and see related NCTE and resources.

The University of Iowa held a Writing Tailgate to celebrate the National Day on Writing, combining Iowa City's two passions: literature and football. In one of the many events planned, attendees were encouraged to create found poems. Learn more about "Found & Headline Poems" in the sample chapter of Getting the Knack: 20 Poetry Writing Exercises.

The College of Saint Rose in Albany, New York, marked the Day with a campus visit by author Anne Trubek. Read more from Trubek in her section of Don't Call It That: The Composition Practicum.

North Dakota State University, Fargo, planned an array of events to celebrate the annual National Day. One activity that was open to the general public was called an "Exquisite Corpse." Every hour, a new story starter appeared on the NDSU Facebook page, and everyone was encouraged to move the hourly stories along by adding to them. "Exquisite Corpse" is a game developed by surrealist artists to generate inspiration. In this lesson plan, each person writes a line of a poem on a folded piece of paper without looking at the previous lines.

At Texas Lutheran University, the Composition Program and the Office of Academic Support Services invited staff and students to share their life stories in six words. Students, faculty, staff, and members of the community were encouraged to write their six-word memoirs on the sidewalk, on large pieces of paper inside, or on cards that will be displayed on the windows. Learn more with Exploring the Power of Language with Six-Word Memoirs.

The Redwood Writing Project invited the public to "Write on, Humboldt!," a celebration of the National Day on Writing. A new addition to this year's celebration of writing was a Writing Marathon, where small groups of three to five writers were guided through the marathon process. Learn more about writing marathons with "Using a Writing Marathon to Create a College Culture among At-Risk Sixth Graders."

The Tar River Writing Project at East Carolina University, Greenville, scheduled on-campus events for Friday, October 19, as well as hosted community activities that were open to the public on Saturday, October 20. Attendees participated in activities such as digital storytelling, social writing, meeting published authors, and creative workshops (see these pictures).

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