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Come write – at the National Day on Writing

October 18, 2011

Can you write? Though most of us will never publish a novel, we all can put pen to paper, fingers to a keyboard, or thumbs to a phone, to capture our thoughts in words.

The skill – and joy – of writing will be celebrated at Arizona State University on Oct. 20 – the National Day on Writing.

The National Day on Writing was established by the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) and resolved by the U.S. Senate. ASU’s celebration on the Tempe campus is presented by Writing Programs in the Department of English and Project Humanities.

The highlight of the Day on Writing is the third annual “Write-in,” to take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Cady Mall Fountain near the Memorial Union.

Students, faculty, staff, and passersby are invited to write their thoughts on where and why writing takes place.

Paper, pens, markers, and flip charts will be available; or participants can tweet their contributions (#ASU4NDOW). An album about the day’s events will be submitted to the NCTE National Gallery of Writing:
Also, the presentation of the second annual “Behind the Scenes Writer of the Year” Award takes place at 11:30 a.m.

And, at 1:30 p.m., attendees can participate in the interactive creation of a kinetic poem.

For more information about the National Day on Writing, contact Shirley Rose at or Dan Bommarito at