For the third consecutive year, Kean students, faculty and staff joined thousands of writers throughout the nation to celebrate the National Day on Writing. “We hosted two successful celebrations in honor of this important date in the past, but the third year was our best yet,” said Erica Holan, assistant to the director for the Kean University Writing Project, which helped to coordinate the event.
To highlight writing in its various forms, a series of seminars and workshops were held in the Maxine and Jack Lane Center for Academic Success. Click here for a full listing of the events held.
In The Writing Center, guests were invited to write a message on a wall of paper celebrating the art of expression through writing. Adjacent to the writing wall was a journal that told “a rolling story,” written one sentence at a time by each member of the Writing Center staff. Guests were welcomed to write their own unique sentence and continue the ongoing tale.
The celebration also extended online, as guests were invited to pick pieces of writing that personally matter to them and contribute them to the Kean University Writing Project Gallery, a part of the National Gallery of Writing. Hosted by the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE), the national gallery celebrates composition in all its forms and demonstrates how integral writing has become to daily life in the 21st century.
What I love about the National Gallery of Writing is how accessible it is. The fact that everyone across the country can celebrate writing by posting to the gallery, any time, day or night, is fantastic! - Erica Holan
Holan added that she and curator Dr. Charles Nelson welcome writing submissions to the Kean University Writing Gallery year round. In addition to traditional forms of writing, participants are encouraged to submit writing in any form, including, but not limited to, poems, stories, vignettes, song lyrics, recipes, six-word memoirs, letters, blog posts, audio and video recordings, and any other form of writing that appeals to them. “The possibilities are endless!” exclaimed Holan. “In the advent of new literacies and new technologies, text is taking on various forms that students may not even consider ‘writing.’ It's important to celebrate this change in ‘writing’ or ‘composing’ texts. The National Day on Writing celebrates texts in all its various forms.”
The National Day on Writing was sponsored by the departments of English, Education and Communication; the Office of the Dean of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences; the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs; Tenure Track Faculty Network, and the Center for Professional Development.