Celebrating Student Writing

By Frank Ruggiero (frank@mountaintimes.com)

Article Published: Apr. 10 | Modified: Apr. 18
Celebrating Student Writing

From left, Dr. Beth Carroll, Amanda Bond and Nikki Roberti celebrate student writing in 2011.

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Why should student writing by celebrated?

To Rachel Robinson, the answer is simple.

“Student writing should be celebrated because it’s good,” said Robinson, assistant director of Appalachian State University’s University Writing Center. “I don’t think we give students enough credit, sometimes, regarding how creative and original they can be.”

Enter the Celebration of Student Writing, returning to ASU’s Plemmons Student Union Thursday, April 17, from noon to 3 p.m. Activities will take place in the Grandfather Mountain Ballroom, and the event is free and open to the public.

Hosted by the University Writing Center and the Rhetoric and Composition and Writing Across the Curriculum programs, the celebration showcases student writing accomplishments through an array of informative and interactive booths.

“The celebration is a place where students can display (their) creativity in full force and for an actual audience instead of a perceived one,” Robinson said. “Celebrating their writing in this way makes their writing real, applicable and worthy.”

Robinson said the celebration is a three-hour event in which classes are assigned tables on which they display an aspect of their writing in any manner they see fit.

“Some instructors let the students have completely free reign on the topic and display of their writing, while some provide more structure,” she said. “In the past, we’ve had everything from a class coordinating fake personal ads based on costumes one chose out of a box to stories told over Twitter to parts of the writing process explained through the game of Twister.”

As such, Robinson said this year’s offerings should prove to be just as exciting — for students and their audience.

“By participating, they get to see their writing come alive in a very literal way,” she said. “Their writing suddenly has an actual, live audience that can interact with them, and students have to prepare for that.”

In that respect, students must adopt an approach that involves aspects of marketing and creative strategizing.

“This helps them think about their writing in a new way and from a unique point of view,” Robinson said. “CSW also allows students to experiment … and try out new ways of communicating and explaining writing concepts they’ve learned.”

The event is also beneficial to instructors, Robinson noted, as the celebration is teeming with ideas for potential assignments and activities.

“It promises to be a great day filled with interactive learning and exposure to new and unique ways of looking at writing,” she said. “…and everyone benefits by having fun.”

That fun includes door prizes from area businesses, drawings for which will be held throughout the celebration.

Plemmons Student Union is accessible via College and Locust streets, and parking is available in the university parking decks.

For more information, visit http://writingcenter.appstate.edu/celebration-student-writing-0 .

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