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National Day on Writing
We want you and your First Year Writing students to join us on October 20 to celebrate National Day on Writing (NDOW) here at URI!
NDOW is a great way to get students excited about writing; to engage students in writing outside of the classroom, in a broad, supportive, national community of “writers” of all kinds; and to get them to connect more deeply with the things we teach them in the classroom. Founded by the National Council of Teachers of English in 2008, National Day on Writing draws attention to the importance of writing in our everyday lives. This year, Write Across URI, the Department of Writing and Rhetoric, First-Year Writing, and the URI Writing Center are partnering to provide opportunities for students, families, faculty, and staff to write and to celebrate writing in all its forms.
URI’s compelling line-up of events for National Day on Writing encourages students to think of writing as much more than something they have to do for class, to think broadly about what counts as writing and to recognize the ways that writing is threaded through their personal, professional, political, and academic lives. The theme of URI’s NWOD celebration is “Write For Your Life.” We’ll join both the local and the national conversation by using the social media hashtags #uri #writeforyourlife and #whyiwrite. We hope to create a buzz both on campus and on social media as participants are encouraged to use these hashtags to share their writing and photos of writing activities on popular sites like Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.
If you teach between 10 and 3 on Fridays, bring your whole class to participate in an event! If you don’t teach during that time, consider offering extra credit to students who participate and show you their stamped event passports! The passport sheets are available in this attachment, and they will also be printed on the back of the NDOW daybooks we’ll distribute day-of to students at each activity station.
We also need more volunteers to stamp passports at events and to lead or assist with 20-30 minute fun, low-stakes writing activities in Memorial Union. We would very much appreciate an hour of your time volunteering to make this event a success, and we have made it easy for you to sign up to bring your classes and to volunteer on the NDOW Planning Document.
In many universities across the country, including my alma mater East Carolina University, National Day on Writing opens up a wonderful space for writing that matters for students, provides a testing ground for instructors to try out innovative and interest-driven writing activities, spurs student-led initiatives like NaNoWriMo where students met weekly to write and engage in friendly word-count competitions, and most importantly, NDOW creates a palpable excitement and energy around writing that flows into writing centers, into writing programs, and into writing classes.
I look forward to working with you and your students to spread that “writing fever” here at URI!