By Meredith Whye, Contributor
The University of Nebraska-Omaha’s Writing Center is celebrating the National Day on Writing, Oct. 24, by hosting an open house. This is the fourth year the Writing Center has celebrated the National Day on Writing, an event that encourages students to have fun writing and to learn about what the Writing Center offers.
The open house is for students, faculty or anyone curious about the Writing Center. Food and drinks will be provided, and there will be a “round robin” activity – a writing exercise where each participant adds several lines to a larger story. The finished story will be submitted to the National Gallery of Writing, an archive that contains works from writers of all ages from around the country.
Suzanne Withem, senior consultant for the Writing Center, said that in the days preceding the open house, the Writing Center’s consultants will create their own round robin story which will be displayed in the first floor hallways of Arts and Sciences. The Writing Center hopes this will intrigue passing students and motivate them to attend the open house to create their stories.
In previous years, the Writing Center has celebrated the National Day on Writing in different ways than an open house. On other occasions, the Writing Center consultants have dressed like their favorite writers, written autumnal haikus and presented six word memoirs from people around the campus. Last year’s celebration was a formal event so this year the Writing Center decided to keep it casual.
This will be an opportunity for UNO students to enjoy writing activities and also see how they can benefit from using the Writing Center. The Writing Center’s services are free to all students, faculty and staff in any subject. The one-on-one consultations can be held in any of the center’s three locations- Arts and Sciences Room 150, Mammel Hall Room 131 and Criss Library Drop-in Center. The consultants can help in any stage of the writing process and believe that any level of writer can benefit from another writer’s feedback.
The Writing Center’s open house will be in Room 150 in the Arts and Sciences Hall, Oct. 24 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.