National Day on Writing Returns for 4th Year
Published: Wednesday, October 17, 2012
Updated: Wednesday, October 17, 2012 14:10
Students develop and hone their writing skills today during the fourth annual National Day on Writing.
The U.S. Senate has declared this a day of national observance. The National Council of Teachers of English organized this event.
NDSU has participated in the NDOW since 2009, and the events have grown since then, according to Karen Peirce, associate director of the Center for Writers.
“In 2009, first-year writing students did sidewalk chalking to celebrate,” Pierce said. “Each year since then, NDSU has expanded its celebration to include more people on campus.”
This event is important to all NDSU students, Pierce said. All students need better writing skills to help with assignments in college and their professional careers.
“Students might find themselves writing homework assignments, presentations and academic papers, while professionals might find themselves writing memos, reports and letters,” Peirce said.
Over the course of the day, six different NDOW events will occur across campus as well as online.
“Workplace Writing: Effective or Correct” 10 - 11 a.m. Sudro 26
Katie Hasbargen, senior communications manager for Microsoft, will lead this workshop about how professionals in the working world write and change their writing style depending on the circumstances they find themselves in.
Library Information Table 10 a.m. - 2p.m. Library Main Lobby
The library staff will have a table set up in the main lobby of the library to help students learn where to find research materials as well as whom to contact if they have questions or need help.
Center for Writers Open House 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. Library Basement Room 6
The Center for Writers has recently been renovated and expanded, and students are encouraged to come check out the new facilities. Snacks and door prizes are available.
Center for Writers Information Table 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. MU
The Center for Writers will have a table in the Memorial Union where students can come find out what resources the Center for Writers has to offer. There will also be several word games and writing activities at the table for students to try out.
Chinese Calligraphy Class 11:30 a.m.- 12:30 p.m. Morrill 101
The Department of English is hosting a calligraphy class. Students will learn the basics of Chinese calligraphy and create some prayer and blessings cards that the students will be able to take home. All supplies will be provided, and remember to wear washable clothes as calligraphy tends to be messy.
Exquisite Corpse Writing Activity 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. Facebook
The Center for Writers is hosting an Exquisite Corpse writing activity on the NDSU Facebook page. An Exquisite Corpse is a type of writing where multiple people contribute to a story. Every hour, a new starter will appear on the NDSU Facebook page. All students, faculty and staff are encouraged to participate.
Each of these events is free, and the Center for Writers encourages all students to participate.
NDOW is sponsored by the Center for Writers, the Department of English, NDSU Libraries, Student Government and the Office of the Provost.
The Center for Writers is a free service for all NDSU students, regardless of writing skill or the type of writing assignment. The Center for Writers can also assist professors in creating writing assignments for their students.
If any organization would like to be involved with next year’s National Day on Writing, contact Karen Peirce at firstname.lastname@example.org.