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ASU to celebrate first National Day on Writing

October 15, 2009

Can you write a seven-word memoir, with one of the words being Arizona?

If so, or if you simply wish to ponder the questions “who is a writer” and “what is writing,” the Arizona State University Department of English wants to hear from you!

The department will sponsor a celebration of the first National Day on Writing established by the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) and resolved by the U.S. Senate, from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Oct. 20, at various locations on ASU’s Tempe campus.

The day begins with an Open House for ASU Writing Programs, from 9 a.m. to noon in the Durham Language and Literature Building room 314. Students, faculty and staff will be on hand to meet and greet guests. Refreshments will be served.

Also from 9 a.m. to noon, there will be a “Write-in” in the Language and Literature Building lobby. Guests are invited to pen their thoughts “on writing,” which will be submitted to the ASU English Education online gallery. The ASU gallery is part of the NCTE’s National Gallery of Writing. Paper, pens and a smart board will be available.

The afternoon brings the “seven-word challenge,” from noon to 3 p.m. Drop by room 215 n the Language and Literature Building to put your masterpieces on paper. The memoirs also will be submitted to the AU English Education online gallery.

There also will be writing-tutorial demonstrations at the Hassayampa Writing Center at 11:30 a.m. and 1:30, 2:30 and 3:30 p.m.

The sharing of the favorite and least favorite words will take place in the Hassayampa Writing Center and in Undergraduate Academic Services Building room 140. These words will be posted on the Writing Center Web site.

For more information, send a note to or call (480) 965-8881.