Planning for 2015's National Day on Writing celebration is underway!  
Please contact Julianne Curran if you would like to get involved.


Tables on the Breezeway featuring writing-themed games and information on some of the campus groups that support students and their writing. 



Reading by award-winning author Chantel Acevedo at 6:00 p.m. in the Schmidt Center Gallery. The student winners of the "flash fiction" writing contest sponsored by Coastlines Literary Magazine will also be recognized. 


Chantel Acevedo’s novels include Love and Ghost Letters (St. Martin's Press), which won the Latino International Book Award and was a finalist for the Connecticut Book of the Year, Song of the Red Cloak, a historical novel for young adults, A Falling Star (Carolina Wren Press), winner of the Doris Bakwin Award, and National Bronze Medal IPPY Award, and The Distant Marvels, (Europa Editions).


Her fiction and poetry have been nominated for the Pushcart Prize and have appeared in Prairie Schooner, American Poetry Review, North American Review, andChattahoochee Review, among others. 


Acevedo is currently an Associate Professor of English in the MFA Program of the University of Miami.

Visit her website:




Please  contact Julianne Curran  if you have ideas or would like to get involved.




Past Events  



2014 Events


During the Day:


Who: all students and passersby
writing-related games and activities to remind us that writing can be fun
When: Monday, October 20th from 12:00-4:00
Where: Social Science (SO) Building Rotunda 
because everyone writes, and everyone likes fun distractions between classes!


During the Evening:


Who: students, faculty, and community guests
What: a celebration of writing featuring a reading of winning pieces from the student "Flash Fiction" contest and selected pieces from recent or forthcoming publications by English Department faculty members: Andrew Furman, Kate Schmitt, and Mark Scroggins.
When: Monday, October 20th at 6:00 p.m., reception to follow
Where: the University Center for Excellence in Writing (GS 215), located inside of the Center for Teaching & Learning.
Why: to recognize students and faculty and to be reminded of how writing can be a reason to come together as a community!




2013 's event took place on Thursday, October 17th .  Daytime activities were held during the day in the Social Science Building (SO) Rotunda.  Some activities included Mad Libs, "Words as Art" activities, and activities that raised awareness about how words can give people freedom of expression.

The evening reading by poet and essayist Julie Marie Wade and corresponding book signing and reception were held outside the University Center for Excellence in Writing located inside the Center for Teaching and Learning. 

In addition, this year's evening program welcomed Samantha Bonnin, the local winner of the "Dream UP" contest, sponsored by The Office Depot Foundation and the USA TODAY Charitable Foundation . "Dream UP" aims to help middle school students find the inspiration and knowledge they need to attain their career goals. Before the FAU's NDOW reading, Samantha met with FAU faculty mentors and got feedback on some of her writing.  More information on the "Dream UP" contest winners can be found here

Take a peek at some of the daytime activities!


 Coastlines Literary Magazine

Sigma Tau Delta table

 Madlibs table













The 2012 recognition of the National Day on Writing was a great success and some really fun activities took place on the Traditions Plaza outside of the bookstore!

Some of the activities included:

  • Madlibs -- some really creative versions of songs, Shakespeare and Harry Potter excerpts, and "personal ads" were made!

  • 6 word stories -- Some samples: "Still lost on road less traveled;" "I love my girlfriend...and bacon;" "Met online; love before first sight"

  • Newspaper "blackout" poetry (words are crossed out of newspaper articles to make up a new story): "Two are now against a group and causes confusion." "Two people buried like a pancake authorities said, screaming suddenly 'Oh my God! The whole place shook' in another collapse."

  • Apples to Apples personality quiz

Special thanks to the Dean of Undergraduate Studies, the Department of English, the University Center for Excellence in Writing, and the student volunteers from  Coastlines magazine, the English Club, the English Graduate Student Society, Sigma Tau Delta, and everyone who stopped by for some fun!

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