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Celebration of Writing (Held October 20th, 2016)

Thank you to everyone who joined us on campus Thursday, October 20, 2016 in the Heritage and Frontier Rooms at the University of Oklahoma's Memorial Union for our first annual Celebration of Writing

Events included writing workshops facilitated by Roxanne Mountford, Susan Kates, Jonathan Stalling, and Robert Vollmar, an awards ceremony for student writers and instructors, and a keynote address by Rilla Askew. (All students, faculty, and staff were welcome to attend.)

We also hosted a Spooky Story writing event with free candy for all who contributed to the story! To participate, students visited our table in the student union on October 20th from 11:00 - 2:00 PM. (We will be posting the story to our website.)

Our Celebration of Writing coincided with the National Day on Writing sponsored by the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE). Participants were asked to please use the NCTE hashtag #WhyIWrite and tag the Office of First-Year Composition (@ouwrites) on Twitter and Instagram to help us celebrate the importance of writing.

TimeStudent U. TableHeritage RoomFrontier Room
9:00 - 10:00 AM

Journal Keeping for Life with Roxanne Mountford

10:00 - 11:00 AM

Comics Writing with Robert Vollmar

11:00 - 11:45 AM

Spooky Story Writing (and Candy!) with English Undergrads 

(11:00 - 2:00 PM) 

First-Year Composition Awards Ceremony 

12:15 - 12:45 PM

Keynote Address: "Write Where You Are" by Rilla Askew
1:30 - 2:20 PM
Building Poetry with Jonathan Stalling 

3:00 - 4:00 PM

Life Writing: Taking a Page to Keep with Susan Kates

Roxanne Mountford: Journal Writing for Life
In this workshop, participants learned about ways to keep a journal and engage in writing about topics of interest to them.

Robert Vollmar: Comics Writing
Robert's workshop covered how to write a story panel by panel for the comics format.

Jonathan Stalling: Building Poetry
Dr. Jonathan Stalling, Professor of English and Curator of the Chinese Literature Translation Archive, and his students gave a workshop on how to compose the Classical Chinese poetic form "jueju" in English. The workshop included hands-on exercises, interactive games, and directions for participating in third annual Newman Prize for Young Writers English Jueju competition.

Rilla Askew: Write Where You Are
Rilla spoke about the process of becoming a writer; the importance of finding source and subject in fiction, nonfiction, and poetry; and how, although as writers we may reach for the stars, we all begin exactly the same way: right where we are.

Susan Kates: Life Writing: Taking a Page to Keep
Susan Kates offered participants a unique opportunity to participate in an autobiographical writing exercise that you will want to hold on to well into the future.

CORRECT Celebration of Writing Day

Other Writing Related Events (Held October 20th, 2016):

While our Celebration of Writing events end at four, please consider extending the festivities by attending the Global Shakespeare Festival's Throne of Blood film viewing and discussion from 6:30-9:00 PM in the Meacham Auditorium in the Oklahoma Memorial Union. 

Throne of Blood