National Day on Writing


The National Writing Project at Kean University will celebrate National Writing Day with a series of activities this week, as follows:

Wednesday, October 17

3:30-4:30 p.m. @ Writing Center (CAS)
Creative Writing Workshop
For all authors of creative writing, including poetry, short stories, or the like. Whether you are a student with a finished piece of work that you would like to share in an intimate setting, or a student drafting ideas for a personal tale, we invite you to participate in one of our Creative Writing workshops. 
Sponsored by the Kean University Writing Center


Thursday, October 18

10 a.m.–5 p.m. @ Windows of the Writing Center (CAS)
Writing Wall
Students, faculty and staff are invited to write a short message, signature or other creative piece on the chart paper lining the windows of the CAS, celebrating writing in the most freeing of formats.
Sponsored by the Kean University Writing Center

10 a.m.–5 p.m. @ Windows of the Writing Center (CAS)
Rolling Story
Next to the Writing Wall is a journal that holds a story written one sentence at a time by each member of the Writing Center staff. We invite you to continue the story by adding your own unique sentence and voice to this ongoing tale.
Sponsored by the Kean University Writing Center

12:15-2 p.m. @ CAS 406 Conference Room
Lunch & Learn: How to Use The New York Times in the Classroom 
A representative from The Times will give tips on how professors in a wide range of fields, from the sciences to the humanities, can enliven the classroom with topical content from The Times.
Participants will receive a special bonus – a free weekday subscription to professors who use The Times in their courses.

For adjuncts and full-time faculty only, please. Please e-mail to reserve a seat.
Presented by Prof. Pat Winters Lauro | Sponsored by the Department of Communication

12:30-1:30 p.m. @ UC 226 (Lunch at 12:15 p.m.)
Writing for & Publishing in Journals
A discussion will be led by editors of journals and reviewers from academic publishers on what to know when submitting articles or book manuscripts to publishers. The roundtable participants will offer advice on what mistakes to avoid when submitting articles or book manuscripts. Three panelists and a chair will talk about their experiences and offer suggestions to authors on ways that might help increase the likelihood of getting an acceptance. Following the panel discussion, attendees can participate in a Q&A session with the panelists.  
To register for this workshop, please visit

2-3:15 p.m. @ CAS 448
Styles of Professional Writing and Communication
Kean University journalism professor, Pat Winters Lauro, will moderate a panel discussion about the challenges and requirements of writing in different professional genres. Panelists include: Dr. Christopher Lynch, chair of the Department of Communication, who will discuss academic writing; Peter Hercky, owner of Hercky Pasqua Herman, a public relations and ad agency; Steve Baltin of CBS Radio; and Daniel Reyes, editor of The Tower student newspaper and website.  
Presented by Prof. Pat Winters Lauro | Sponsored by the Department of Communication


2-3:20 p.m. @ CAS 350
Commenting on Student Writing – A Special Workshop for Pre-Service Teachers
Participants in this workshop will examine current best practices in responding to student work; share strategies for responding in effective and efficient ways; and practice the strategies discussed.  Pre-Service teachers at the middle and secondary education level are especially encouraged to attend!
Presented by Dr. Mark Sutton |Sponsored by the Department of English

2-3:30 p.m. @ CAS 249
Digital Storytelling in the Classroom
Digital Storytelling combines narrative traditions with digital tools to allow ordinary people to create and share their stories. In this workshop, presenters will discuss the traditional digital story as well as modern variations.
Presented by Drs. Kristine Mirrer, Fred Fitch and Catherine Londino, and Prof. Larry Tung |
Sponsored by the Department of Communication

3:30-5:30 p.m. @ Cougar's Den
Poetry Café Open Mic
The Writing Center invites you to an afternoon of poetry, fiction and other creative works. Whether you'd like to share your own personal writing or just support those who do, we welcome you to join us. 



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