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National Day on Writing to be celebrated Oct. 22 at UW-Eau Claire

October 12, 2012

NatlDayOnWriting2EAU CLAIRE — The Center for Writing Excellence at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire will host a National Day on Writing celebration Oct. 22.

The National Day on Writing is recognized as a time to celebrate all forms of writing. The National Council of Teachers of English established the event to draw attention to the remarkable variety of writing people engage in and to help make writers of all ages aware of their craft.

UW-Eau Claire events will take place throughout the day Oct. 22. The Haiku for Cookies bake sale will be held from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. in the Davies Center lobby and on the first floor of Hibbard Hall. Baked goods will be given to those who present a haiku.

McIntyre Library will supply a word game table and will host 10-minute flash fiction contests from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Contests will occur every hour and half hour in the first-floor reference area. Entries will be judged and the most interesting piece will win a moleskin notebook.

From 11 a.m.-5 p.m. participants can help write a story on the walls of the Center for Writing Excellence, located in Room 2003 of McIntyre Library, by submitting one sentence at a time.

A writing workshop sponsored by NOTA, UW-Eau Claire's literary and arts publication, will be held from 4-6 p.m. in the Kate Gill Library on the fourth floor of Hibbard Hall. The workshop is open to writers working on submissions for the spring issue of NOTA or those who would like feedback on their work outside of class.

UW-Eau Claire's National Day on Writing will close with an open reading from 7-9 p.m. in The Cabin of Davies Center. The first five readers will receive a gift certificate to Milwaukee Burger.

The Center for Writing Excellence also will host a writing contest in honor of the event. The grand prize is a Nook Glow, courtesy of the University Bookstore. The topic of the contest is the importance of writing in a democracy and the meaning of citizenship. Submissions are due by Oct. 17 and are limited to five pages. The winner will be notified Oct. 20 and will be invited to read their work at the National Day on Writing open reading Oct. 22. All students, faculty, staff and community members are welcome to participate. To submit, go to the Center for Writing Excellence's website.

From Oct. 17-22, students are encouraged to enter a story of 140 characters or fewer to either the Center for Writing Excellence's Facebook page or Twitter account. Three stories will be randomly selected to receive a prize from the University Bookstore.

The Center for Writing Excellence also encourages all students to submit works to the local Center for Writing Excellence's Gallery of Student Writing in McIntyre Library, on their website, to mark the occasion.

For more information, contact Lindsey Fenner at fennerla@uwec.edu.

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