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Campus to celebrate National Day on Writing

Fairbanks, Alaska—The University of Alaska Fairbanks will host a celebration of the National Day on Writing Saturday, Oct. 20.

The event will begin with an 11 a.m. welcome in Schaible Auditorium featuring Alaska authors Carolyn Kremers and Deborah Dahl Edwardson. Sessions will begin at 12:30 p.m. in the Duckering Building and run through the afternoon. Other highlights of the event include author readings in Schaible Auditorium and an exhibit, “Conversations on Writing,” that will include a live Twitter feed of other National Day on Writing events happening nationwide. The final session of the day begins at 2:30 p.m. Participants will create a collaborative sentence using words from the celebration. All sessions are free and open to the public, including middle and high school students.

Established in 2009 by the National Council of Teachers of English, the National Day on Writing celebrates composition in all forms – from stories, poems, and letters to text messages, videos, and audio recordings – and demonstrates how writing is a vital part of our everyday lives. Thousands of writers from across the country recognize the National Day on Writing with local events, including write-ins, talks by local authors and poetry slam celebrations.

Visit https://sites.google.com/a/alaska.edu/use-y/ for basic information on the UAF event. Find tweets from the events under #UAF and #useyourwords.

ADDITIONAL CONTACTS: Sarah Stanley, sarah.stanley@alaska.edu, 907-474-7335. Marmian Grimes, UAF public information officer, at 907-474-7902 or via email at marmian.grimes@alaska.edu.

ON THE WEB: http://www.ncte.org/dayonwriting

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