October 23, 2017

UMW Celebrates the National Day on Writing, Oct. 20

The University of Mary Washington Department of English, Linguistics, and Communication, Simpson Library, and the Writing Center are collaborating to observe on campus the National Day on Writing on Friday, Oct. 20, 2017, from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. in Combs’ Third Floor ELC Common area, the library, and the Hurley Convergence Center.

The UMW National Day on Writing activities include participating in the national #WhyIWrite Twitter hashtag (planned to be displayed on the Hurley Convergence Center digital screen), post-it note responses to Why I Write, writing six-word stories, and more. Participants visiting one of the on-campus locations will be eligible for prizes. All faculty and students are urged to participate and to share the news of the event.

The National ​Day on Writing was founded by the National Council of Teachers of English. Each year, Oct. 20 is designated as a day to “celebrate the importance, joy, and evolution of writing.” The #WhyIWrite tweetup is one of the many events hosted by thousands of educators across the country. Last year there were more than 60,000 tweets using #WhyIWrite.

In addition to on-campus activities, UMW will celebrate the National Day on Writing with a Twitter campaign highlighting faculty, student and alumni authors.

UMW faculty, staff and students who have written a work of any kind are encourage to tweet why they write with:

  • A link to their work
  • #WhyIWrite
  • @UMaryWash (so it can be retweeted)

If you have any questions about the event, contact Brenta Blevins (sblevin2@umw.edu), Gwendolyn Hale (ghale@umw.edu), or James Pape (jpape@umw.edu).


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