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Citadel News Service
7 Sep 2009

Lowcountry Writing Project to celebrate National Day on Writing

“What do I love about the Lowcountry?” Students across the Lowcountry are answering that question for the Oct. 20 celebration of the National Day on Writing. 

The Lowcountry Writing Project has joined the National Council of Teachers of English and the National Writing Project to celebrate the National Day on Writing. Planned throughout September are writing activities for students followed by a public reading for students and teachers on Monday, Oct. 19. The Lowcountry Writing Project hopes these events will kick off similar activities in schools across the Lowcountry.



Tom Thompson, associate professor of English at The Citadel and director of the Lowcountry Writing Project, said that too many people view writing simply as a way to communicate what is already known.

"What we hope that students and teachers will discover is that writing is a great way to learn about a topic. That is, the act of writing about a topic helps us learn about that topic,” Thompson said. “Writing can therefore be a great teaching tool, far more than just a strategy for assessing what students have learned.”

The Lowcountry Writing Project invites teachers across the Lowcountry to get students writing about the places they live. Students in area schools are "Celebrating the Lowcountry through Writing," and will submit their work by Sept. 20 to the National Gallery of Writing, a website that will publish student and community writing from all over the country. Teachers can also nominate students to read their work at the Oct. 19 public reading.

At the Oct. 19 public reading, which will be from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the Riviera Theater at Charleston Place, selected students and teachers will share their work alongside professional writers. The Lowcountry Writing Project will unveil their section of the National Gallery of Writing. Poet Jim Lundy will emcee the event, and the South Carolina Poet Laureate Marjory Wentworth will also be reading. This event is free and open to the public.

Interested teachers can download an information packet from National Day on Writing or to request a hard copy. The packet includes examples of writing assignments for different grade levels, as well as information on how to submit pieces to the National Gallery of Writing, how to submit pieces for the Oct. 19 celebration, and how to take part in Sept. 12 writing marathon events.

For more information, contact Tom Thompson at

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