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Oct. 20 is National Day on Writing

Posted Oct, 19, 2009

Whether we call it texting, IMing, jotting a note, writing a letter, posting an email, blogging, making a video, building an electronic presentation, composing a memo, keeping a diary, or just pulling together a report, Americans are writing like never before.

To help celebrate writing, many of the 200 local teachers who attended the 2009 National Writing Project at Kent State University Summer Invitational Institute, as well as those who have attended previous summer institutes, will write quotes on sidewalks and school windows with special markers and also hang quotes written on paper throughout the hallways of their own schools in Northeast Ohio on the National Day on Writing – Tuesday, October 20, 2009.

Poems, quotes and other forms of writing from communities across the nation will be featured in an online gallery of writing, a digital archive of compositions available through a free, searchable Web site. The gallery will be unveiled to the public on the National Day on Writing and can be viewed at:

The National Day on Writing, which is supported by the National Writing Project in partnership with the National Council of Teachers of English and other organizations, is a day to celebrate the foundational place of writing in Americans' personal, professional and civic lives, and to point to the importance of writing instruction and practice at every grade level, for every student and in every subject area from preschool through university.

For more information about the National Writing Project at Kent State University, please visit

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Media Contacts:
Deb C. DeBenedictis,, 330-672-0636
Beth Thomas,, 330-672-7838