The National Council of Teachers of English has declared Tuesday, October 20th the National Day on Writing to acknowledge and celebrate the importance of writing in our lives. An important part of this national attention is the National Gallery of Writing: http://www.galleryofwriting.org/.
We have our own U of MN - Twin Cities wing, called Write@U, in this National Gallery (http://galleryofwriting.org/galleries/56018), where we can showcase the writing done on our campus--including writing done by FYW students and teachers. Consider submitting a piece of your writing--and consider letting your students know about the opportunity. Writing is broadly defined here, including papers, videos, blog entries, emails, poems, short stories, narratives, and much more. This isn't about grades or evaluation, or even extra credit, but about celebrating writing in its diverse forms.
Submitting your writing is easy. Go to http://galleryofwriting.org/galleries/56018 and click on the button to "Contribute to this Gallery." At that point, you will be asked to create a profile and a password; answer a series of demographic questions about yourself; answer a series of questions about your piece of writing; and finally upload a file, provide the URL of the piece, or copy and paste your document into a docbox.
Debra Hartley in the Center for Writing has agreed to be the Write@U curator, so she will prepare submissions for presentation in the gallery when it opens on Tuesday, October 20. The gallery will remain open for both viewing and submitting through May of 2010.
Also, see the list of UM-TC Day on Writing events, plus links to events happening nationally at http://writing.umn.edu/dayonwriting/ . Stop by Nicholson or Walter on the 20th and join the celebration; invite your students.
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