Announcing a Post-wide Celebration of Writing, October 13-20, 2010 

The National Day on Writing, approved by Senate Resolution 310 last fall, "celebrates the foundational place of writing in the personal, professional, and civic lives of Americans; highlights the importance of writing instruction and practice at every educational level and in every subject area; encourages all Americans to write, as well as to enjoy and learn from the writing of others…"


Wednesday, October 13-Wednesday, October 20 

Contribute to the National Gallery of Writing which houses VMI’s Local Gallery: 

Contribute to the Digital Archive of Literacy Narratives which houses a collection for VMI   

“Roving Reporters” Using portable “flip cameras,” Cadets Aaron Baez and Josh Visconti will invite students to record their observations about noteworthy experiences with writing to illustrate the place of writing in their lives.  Selected videos will be posted to the National Gallery of Writing and IWP homepage. 

The Writing Wall:  Cadets are invited to post writing (or statements about writing) on designated bulletin boards in academic building across post to illustrate the range of writing—for different audiences, occasions, and purposes—that they compose every day.    

“Writing Under Cover” Essay Contest.  Winners will be eligible for publication in a collection of essays featuring photographs of cadet covers and written narratives exploring the ways in which the texts, photographs, poems, notes, letters, comics, and inspirational sayings that they carry in their cadet covers contribute to their individual identities.  During the celebration of the National Day on Writing, a series of workshops will be offered from 12-1 p.m. to help cadets explore questions to establish a focus for the essay (Writing Center, 202 Carroll Hall, on M, W, F).  Final essays must be 2-4 pages in length (word processed, double-spaced).  The deadline for submission is 1600 on Monday, November 22.  Winners will be announced by December 13.  Send submissions in both electronic and hard copy to: COL Christina R. McDonald, Institute Director of Writing, 232 Scott Shipp Hall, 

Writing Across the Curriculum: Writing is happening in courses in all disciplines this week.

Wednesday, October 20 

Additive Writing Project (Crozet Hall 1100-1300) Cadets will collaboratively compose a story stimulated by a single opening line.  One-by-one cadets will add lines to the story when they visit the computer station, staffed by writing minors.  As they write, the story will be projected “live” onto screens for public viewing/reading. 

“The Personal Essay,” workshop with cadets conducted by WMRA’s Martha Woodruff (1500-1600 Scott Shipp 201).  To register contact CDR Alexis Hart 

“The Foundational Place of Writing in Our Lives” public presentation, featuring guest speaker Martha Woodroof (1945-2100 Pogue Auditorium).  Free and open to all members of the VMI and local community.