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Wofford participates in National Day on Writing

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Program highlights variety of writing, emphasizes better writing

SPARTANBURG, S.C. – Joining more than 1,000 universities, colleges and schools across the United States, Wofford College will be participating in the National Day on Writing on Tuesday, Oct. 20.

The program is centered on the National Gallery of Writing Web site at, where those interested in participating can find more information. The six-digit number is identified with Wofford.

This inaugural 2009 event is sponsored by the National Council of Teachers of English and the National Gallery of Writing. The idea is to highlight the remarkable variety of writing that Americans produce every day, provide a collection of research of whether writing today has “risen to new highs or sunk to new lows,” and to help everyone write better.

The curator of the Wofford project is Dr. John Miles, assistant professor of English and director of the college’s Writing Center. Managing a page on the National Gallery of Writing Web site, he hopes to “collect a wide range of stories, poems, recipes, e-mails, blogs and even audio, video and artwork from members of the greater Wofford community – students, faculty, staff, alumni and friends.”

Miles will validate the content as it comes in and then post it. On the National Day on Writing, the Wofford site and all the others will be shared with a general audience all around the world. “It’s a really simple concept,” says Miles, “but it should be very revealing and a great deal of fun.”

During the day, Miles also plans to have an open house in the college Writing Center in the Sandor Teszler Library, providing a place where students can submit their work and enjoy viewing other sites across the United States together.

The Writing Center offers Wofford students free peer tutoring on all aspects of writing, including generating ideas, determining audience and purpose, organizing ideas, providing evidence to support arguments, documenting sources, and editing for grammar, punctuation, and spelling. The role of Writing Center tutors is not to proofread or “fix” papers before they’re turned in, but to respond thoughtfully at any stage of the writing process and to help students improve their writing through discussion and instruction.