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National Day on Writing events planned for NDSU


NDSU has scheduled events in observance of the National Day on Writing for Monday, Oct. 20. The National Council of Teachers of English organizes the annual event.

The activities at NDSU are supported by the Undergraduate Center for Writers, Department of English and NDSU Libraries.

“Communities all across the nation will be putting on events that day, so by taking part you’ll be joining in with people around the country celebrating writing,” said Karen Peirce, associate director of the Undergraduate Center for Writers.

From 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., “found poetry” by students and faculty will be published on the Department of English Facebook page at In found poetry, writers take "found" text from sources like books, newspapers and advertising and remix it into a poem or image using erasure, centos, nets and other techniques. If you "like" the Facebook page, you’ll receive the poems in your news feed throughout the day. For more information, contact Brady Bergeson, English lecturer, at

The Undergraduate Center for Writers will staff a table from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Memorial Union lobby. The campus community will be able to learn about services offered by the center and to enjoy word games and writing activities. For more information, contact Peirce at

The NDSU Libraries will provide walk-up help for EndNote Online and Cite While You Write from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the Main Library’s first floor. EndNote Online is used to organize references and create lists. Cite While You Write is a plug-in for Microsoft Word that allows building a reference list as a paper is written. For more information, contact Nicole Mason, agricultural sciences librarian, at

The Undergraduate Center for Writers is scheduled to host Gwen Hoberg, co-author of the travel memoir, “The Walk Across North Dakota,” at 3 p.m. in the Memorial Union Mandan room. Hoberg will discuss hiking across North Dakota, types of writing completed during her hikes and the process involved in both self-publishing and traditional publishing. Space is limited and reservations are required. To sign up, visit For additional information, contact Peirce at

Peirce encourages the NDSU campus to attend any or all events. “It’s a great way to build a community of writers here at NDSU,” she said. “The events that we’ve planned highlight the support that is available and different types of writing. It gives a well-rounded perspective on what writing is all about.”

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