National Day on Writing


The Kean University Writing Project (KUWP), in cooperation with the National Writing Project, and the National Council for the Teaching of English, is proud to announce our 3rd Annual Day on Writing Celebration, to be held on Thursday, October 20, 2011.

There are several ways that you and your class (or organization, etc.) can be involved on 10-20-2011!

The National Gallery of Writing

Please see the attached document regarding how to post to our KUWP Gallery. Please note that what you post to the gallery will be approved by one of our curators prior to being officially posted online. The work that you or your students choose to post does not have to be done in class on the 20th. Works do not have to be class assignments.


The list below entails the workshops that will be held at our third annual celebration! (Get flyer here.)


10:00am-5:00pm – 1st Floor CAS WINDOWS OF THE WRITING CENTER
Writing Wall
Students, faculty, and staff are invited to write a short message, signature, etc, on the chart paper lining the windows of the CAS, in celebration of writing in the most freeing of formats.

10:00am-5:00pm – 1st Floor CAS – Writing Center
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.

11:00am-12:15pm – CAS 403
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. A special bonus is a free subscription to professors who use the Times in their courses. Please email to reserve a seat. For adjuncts and full-time faculty only please!
Presented by Professor Patricia Winters-Lauro
Sponsored by the Communication Department

11:00am-12:00pm – CAS 236
For Writing Out Loud: Convergence in Current Media & Film Writing, including a look at Script Writing, Radio Copy, Broadcast News, Blogs, Podcasts, Digital Stories, Portfolios, and more
Presented by Professor Brian Oakes, Dr. Kristine Mirrer, and Dr. Cathleen Londino
All are invited to participate in this interactive workshop.
Sponsored by the Department of Media and Film

12:00-2:00pm - 1st Floor CAS – Writing Center
Fiction Workshop
For all authors of fiction or creative non-fiction, we invite you to join us at our workshop. 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 Fiction workshops.

12:30-1:00pm – CAS 451
Communicating Messages Through Writing Style
A Communication Department panel discussion on writing-style developed by Prof. Pat Winters Lauro and hosted by Dr. Scott McHugh on WKNJ-Kean Radio. Prof. Lauro will discuss journalistic forms, Dr. Christopher Lynch will talk about academic writing and Tower editor in chief Stephanie Musat will comment on blogging and using social media.
Sponsored by the Department of English

1:00-2:30pm – CAS 451
Thinking on Paper: Using Writing to Learn Across the Curriculum
People just don't use writing to present what they know; they use it to discover things they do not know and to refine ideas. This workshop will focus on strategies for helping students use writing to learn across the curriculum. Emphasis will be given to the criterion for writing used in the University Writing Rubric.
Presented by Dr. Mark Sutton
Sponsored by the Department of English

2:00pm-3:30pm – CAS 236
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 we will discuss the traditional digital story as well as modern variations.
Presented by Drs. Kristine Mirrer, Fred Fitch, Catherine Londino, and Professor Larry Tung
Sponsored by the Communication Department Sponsored by the Communication Department

2:00pm-3:15pm – CAS 452
Publishing in Journals
Presented by Dr. Diane Tracey
Sponsored by the Tenure Track Faculty Network

3:30pm-6:15pm - Cougar's Den
Poetry Cafe & Open Mic - Featuring Published Poet and Kean Alumna Adele Kenny
Sponsored by the Writing Center, Composition Program, and World Literature Program

If you would like to host your OWN event, please write us with a title and brief description of the workshop/group meeting/etc. at

Thank you for sharing this experience with us!

The Kean University Writing Project Staff

Announcing the Return of the Kean University Writing Project Gallery
A Local Partner Gallery in the National Gallery of Writing

Students, faculty, and staff of Kean University will join thousands of writers throughout the nation to display their compositions for the second year in a row via the "Kean University Writing Project Gallery" a Local Partner Gallery in the National Gallery of Writing (, hosted by the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE).

Their compositions will be unveiled with the opening of the Gallery on October 20, 2011, the Third Annual National Day on Writing.

Gallery curators, Dr. Charles Nelson and Miss Erica Holan, invite and encourage submissions to the Kean University Writing Project’s Gallery site ( In celebration of the National Day on Writing, the KUWP will be hosting a writing fête at Liberty Hall, located directly across from Kean’s main campus. Additionally, there will be two satellite sites in the Center for Academic Success on the main campus that will incorporate writing in the technologies and spontaneous writings via a writing wall. This event is sponsored by the Departments of English, Education, and Communications; Dean of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, Office of Research and Sponsored Programs, Tenure Track Faculty Network, and the Center for Professional Development.

As a Local Partner Gallery in the National Gallery of Writing, the "Kean University Writing Project Gallery" will join NCTE ( in celebrating composition in all its forms and demonstrating how integral writing has become to daily life in the 21st century.

All sorts of writers—students, teachers, parents, grandparents, service and industrial workers, managers, business owners, legislators, retirees, and many more—and all forms of composition from kindergarten picture messages to YouTube videos to short stories, emails, journal entries and more will be featured in the National Gallery of Writing ( 

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Invitation to Participate in
The Gallery of the Kean University Writing Project

You are invited to participate in the National Day on Writing on October 20, 2011!

We're collecting writings of all styles, genres, and subjects—stories, poems, recipes, emails, blogs, even audio, video, and artwork — for an online Gallery. The National Gallery of Writing, including this gallery, was first opened on October 20, 2009. The Gallery is open year-round, and pending acceptance of your submission, will be instantly available for all to view, at Kean, across the nation, and throughout the world.

You can be a part of it! Whether you're a parent, a business owner, a retiree, a carpenter, we invite you to pick a piece of writing that matters to you and contribute it to the "Kean University Writing Project" Gallery at

For those having trouble getting started, NCTE has created Tips for Writers. For the curious, some sample writings are available. For those needing inspiration, popular authors and celebrities, such as Sarah McCoy who tells us "a day without writing is like a day without food, " talk about writing.

Established by NCTE, the National Gallery and the National Day: 

highlight the remarkable variety of writing we engage in today; provide a collection for research on whether writing today has risen to new highs or sunk to new lows; and help us help others to write.

Please join us in celebrating the 2011 National Day on Writing by posting to our gallery today!

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