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Citadel News Service
14 Oct 2009

National Day on Writing will be celebrated locally

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

Sponsored by The Citadel’s Lowcountry Writing Center, local students and teachers will join professional writers at public reading from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 19 at the Riviera Theater at Charleston Place. The Lowcountry Writing Project hopes this event will kick off similar readings in schools across the Lowcountry, said Tom Thompson, associate professor of English at The Citadel and director of the Lowcountry Writing Project.

Thompson said too many people view writing simply as a way to communicate what is already known. “We hope that students and teachers will discover the act of writing about a topic helps us learn about that topic,” he said. “Writing can therefore be a great teaching tool, far more than just a strategy for assessing what students have learned.”

The celebration started with students and teachers “Celebrating the Lowcountry through Writing” in August and September. They were able to submit their work to the National Gallery of Writing, a website that will publish student and community writing from all over the country. The Lowcountry Writing Project’s section of the national gallery will be unveiled at the Oct. 19 event.

Charleston Mayor Joe Riley will open the public reading, with local poet Jim Lundy serving as emcee. The program will include readings and audio-visual presentations by Lowcountry students and teachers, plus readings by local author and Post and Courier columnist Ken Burger and South Carolina Poet Laureate Marjory Wentworth.

This event is free and open to the public.

For more information, contact Tom Thompson at

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