When writers around the nation and the globe began posting blogs Oct. 20 in celebration of the National Day on Writing, BGSU was at the hub of the action. Organizer Barbara Toth, coordinator of BGSU’s Writing Center, is chair of the International Writing Centers Association (IWCA) committee to promote the national event and a regional representative to the IWCA board.
The activity, which runs through November, connects writers in different time zones through interactive writing maps. The writing map connects writers worldwide, and their postings appear on a national and a global map.
Topics have varied from the serious to the humorous. Blogging about writing as the “ability to transform the selfish act of composition into the selfless act of communicating with the audience” by an East Coast blogger, to a “Post Secrets” project in Denver, in which writers reveal things about themselves such as “I don’t find revising as fun and engaging as I tell my students it is” and “i absolutely refuse to use punctuation” have been submitted. Bloggers on the international map have hailed from Norway, Saudi Arabia, Australia, India, Kenya and Romania.
To view the maps and enjoy the submissions, see
http://blogs.bgsu.edu/dayonwriting (national map)
The BGSU community—students, faculty and staff—is invited to join in the blogging.
To submit to the U.S. map, visit: https://blogs.bgsu.edu/dayonwriting/wp-admin.
Enter username: dayonwriting and password: writing2009.
To submit to the international writing map, visit
https://blogs.bgsu.edu/internationaldayonwriting/wp-admin and enter username: intdayonwriting and password: writing2009.
Michele Eodice, president of the IWCA, has said: “Let's all keep this public exchange of writing going.”
The International Writing Centers Association, a National Council of Teachers of English affiliate founded in 1983, fosters the development of writing center directors, tutors and staff by sponsoring meetings, publications and other professional activities; by encouraging scholarship connected to writing center-related fields, and by providing an international forum for writing center concerns.