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The Rhode Island Writing Project Celebrates the National Day on Writing

Publication: The Anchor
Date: October 15, 2009

Summary: A student newspaper editor at Rhode Island College reflects on what a writing marathon, hosted by the Rhode Island Writing Project to celebrate the National Day on Writing, means to her and the campus at large.


Excerpt from Article

In recognition of the importance of writing, the U.S. Senate recently passed a resolution declaring Oct. 20 as the National Day on Writing. My excitement wavered at first, after realizing that this wouldn't mean classes were cancelled, but when I heard that Rhode Island College was celebrating this new holiday by holding a writing marathon, I was interested once again.

The main purpose of a writing marathon is to offer anyone who is interested an opportunity to put their busy schedules to a halt for a moment so that they can find the time and inspiration to relax and write. Sometimes the simple act of transferring our emotions, experiences, and ideas from mind to pencil and paper can be an uplifting and creative experience like no other.

This writing marathon, hosted by the Rhode Island Writing Project, will happen in various locations around campus. Everyone is invited to bring their notebooks and pens to Alger 110, where it will begin at 10:30 Tuesday morning with an informational social, coffee and snacks. It isn't mandatory that you attend this part, but if you are unsure of how a writing marathon works, this would be a good place to start.

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