Every year, the National Council of Teachers of English sponsors the National Day on Writing, an event celebrated around the country at multiple colleges and universities. This year marked the tenth annual celebration.
On October 17, the Writing Center, First-Year Composition Program, and UT Libraries collaborated in promoting this year’s event on the second floor of the Hodges Library. Activities ranged from a graffiti walk to a picture caption contest to a collaboratively written story. Additionally, a drawing was held for prizes.
Kirsten Benson, Director of the Writing Center, said that the annual event “acknowledges the importance of writing in all of our lives. It calls attention to the fact that writing well is one of the cornerstones of academic and professional success.”
One of the highlights of this year’s event was a demonstration of PowerNotes, a tool that allows writers to save, annotate, organize, and cite online sources. Licensing by the UT Libraries makes PowerNotes available at no charge to all UTK students and faculty.
Attendees of the event included hundreds of students and faculty from a variety of departments.
*Many thanks to Kirsten Benson and Michele Wilson for providing some of these photographs.*