RIC to participate in National Day on Writing on Oct. 20

On Oct. 20, Rhode Island College students will find a shady spot under an autumn-shaded tree, a grassy patch overlooking the quad, or a quiet corner in the east campus café, to let paper and pencil take them on an adventure, in celebration of writing.

The National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) has declared Oct. 20 as National Day on Writing. The Rhode Island Writing Project (RIWP) has invited the RIC community to participate by holding a campus-wide writing marathon.

Richard Louth, director of the Southeastern Louisiana Writing Project and formerly a Rhode Island resident, will lead the writing marathon on campus. Students and faculty from RIC and the Henry Barnard elementary school are encouraged to participate. A kick-off celebration will begin at 10:30 a.m. in Alger Hall 110.

By 11:30 a.m., throughout campus, there will be stations dedicated to creative writing activities. Participants should be prepared to write wherever they go, equipped with a notebook, clipboard and writing instrument.

Stations include the graffiti wall in the art center, the yellow cottage on east campus, poetry reading and journal writing in the Writing Center, Bannister Gallery in Roberts Hall, and RIC WriterCorps on the quad.

Marathon maps will be available in the Faculty Center’s south dining room of Donovan Dining Center.

From 1:30-2:30 p.m., students and faculty will have the opportunity to share stories in the south dining room.

For more information about the National Day on Writing initiative, visit www.ncte.org.

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