Last week Pam Bromley mentioned that the small liberal arts college writing programs and writing centers consortium is hosting an International Write-In from December 4-December 9,2014 with most schools hosting a write-in the evening of December 7. As many of you already do, Swarthmore for the past few years has been hosting what we call a write-in between the end of classes and beginning of exams. Here is a document we put together on the event. https://www.dropbox.com/s/t5pz6gk0egxgofa/Write-In%20Guide.pdf?dl=0
This year the coordinators at Swarthmore thought it would be interesting to see how many schools also held or would be interested in holding a write-in the same evening. We have two goals in making this a national event:
1) We want to let people on and off campus know the value of a writing community. Our program’s mantra is, “You’re not alone,” and we think the write-ins have been another way of showing students the meaning behind the mantra. By having more schools host write-ins, we can send this message even louder.
2) We want to increase our use of social media. During the days and evenings of the write-in we can communicate with each other via Facebook, Skype, Twitter, etc. The hashtag for the event is #nationalwritein
We currently have 21 schools from three countries participating in the event. Two former Swarthmore Writing Associates who work in the writing centers of NYU-Shanghai and NYU-Abu Dhabi will also host a write-in, which is how the national write-in turned into an international event.
You don’t need to be at a small college to join the festivities. If your school is already hosting a similar event, and you want to be included as part of the International Write-In just let me know. You can e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
During those six days we hope to build a social media buzz around writingcenters and the work we do to build writing communities on our campuses. Send photos from your centers. Post the number of conferences held in a given day or night. Let’s make the work we do visible to those on and off of our campuses.
Schools hosting a write-in December 4-9,2014.
Claremont McKenna College
Franklin and Marshall College
Harvey Mudd College
Hobart and William Smith Colleges
NYU Abu Dhabi
University of Puget Sound