Writing Center celebrates National Day on Writing


By April Wilson, Senior Staff Writer

The UNO Writing Center is sponsoring a walk-in writing clinic to celebrate the National Day on Writing Oct. 20.

“Writing is a part of everyone’s life…everything happens in writing,” said Senior Writing Consultant and Organizer Suzanne Withem at the Writing Center.

Founded in 2009, the National Day on Writing is an annual celebration of the art sponsored by the National Council of Teachers of English.

“The idea is to make writing fun, accessible and quick,” Withem said.

Participants will be given the opportunity to compose six-word memoirs, autumnal haikus or six words of writing advice. The projects and writing prompts are different every year, Withem said, but the six-word memoirs are being done for the second year in a row. They were inspired by a National Public Radio piece and were very successful last year.

All contributions will be submitted to the National Gallery of Writing, a digital archive with contributions from students of all ages, educators and other professionals.

Withem said past participants have loved seeing their work shared with others. “For many writers the chance to share work is so important,” she said.

The event will be held in the Writing Center in ASH 150 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Refreshments will be provided.  It’s a “stop-in” event open to everyone in the UNO community, and all are encouraged to participate, Withem said. The published material in the National Gallery of Writing can be found at www.galleryofwriting.org.