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Write-In Event set for Oct. 20 on Gulf Park Campus

Fri, 10/17/2014 - 14:58pm | By: Ashlea Maddox

In celebration of the National Council of English's National Day on Writing Oct. 20 the Department of English, in conjunction with the Live Oak Writing Project at The University of Southern Mississippi will host “Gulf Coast Compose,” a series of write-ins on the Southern Miss Gulf Park campus. 

Also part of the event are writing activities in public school classrooms from Pascagoula to Bay St. Louis. The theme “Write My Community” highlights the Gulf Coast's location, spirit and people. 

At Hardy Hall from 11 a.m.-1 p.m., participants will write about what makes the Gulf Coast unique. At the same time in the Fleming Education Center, participants will decorate a live oak with leaf haikus.

"As the Gulf Coast celebrates the National Day on Writing, the Live Oak Writing Project wants to continue to spread the love of writing in our classrooms and communities," said Catherine Tibbs, director of the Live Oak Writing Project.

Tibbs and about 20 teacher consultants will host write-ins in participating schools and share the experiences on Twitter using the hashtags, #WriteMyCommunity and #LiveOakCompose. Join the celebration by following these events on Twitter.

“We have also invited the campus faculty and students to participate in the National Day on Writing, by providing three writing prompts they may use in their classroom,” Tibbs added.

Students are encouraged to reflect on their most difficult writing experiences, examine how various types of their writing can relate to their future professions and share their writing via Twitter using the event's hashtags.

For more information about Gulf Coast Compose, call 228.214.3373.