National Day on Writing

You can head to ASU in Tempe tomorrow to join in National Day on Writing festivities

I’ve finally discovered a holiday that has yet to be co-opted by Hallmark or turned into cover art for a funky version of a Moleskine® notebook. It’s the National Day on Writing.

It was established by the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) and resolved by the U.S. Senate — and it’s being celebrated tomorrow, Oct. 20, throughout the United States. Grab your pens and let’s party!

Arizona State University’s celebration on the Tempe campus will be presented by writing programs in the English department and a program titled Project Humanities. ASU’s third annual “Write-in” takes 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. Folks can also participate by tweeting their contributions (#ASU4NDOW).

Presentation of the second annual “Behind the Scenes Writer of the Year” award takes place at 11:30 a.m. And folks are invited to participate in the interactive creation of a kinetic poem at 1:30pm. An album about the day’s events at ASU will be submitted to the NCTE National Gallery of Writing.

Click here to learn more about the NCTE and the National Day of Writing. For more information about National Day on Writing activities at ASU in Tempe, contact Shirley Rose at or Dan Bommarito at Or click here for details.

In a time so full of political unrest, it appears the English teachers of the world have put forth their own solution — a pen in every pot!

— Lynn

Coming up: Pajamas take center stage, A funny thing happened…


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