HIGH POINT, N.C., Sept. 10, 2009 – High Point University students in the master’s program in the School of Education will soon have their work featured in the National Gallery of Writing.
The students – who are focusing on literacy concentration in the master’s program – will have their original poems featured in the Gallery from Oct. 20 through June 2010.
Dr. Debbie Linville, literacy coordinator and coordinator for the Elementary Education graduate programs, who also serves as curator for the local writing gallery “High Points in our Writerly Lives,” explains that her graduate students are learning about writing process and practice.
“They are keeping a writer’s notebook, exploring writer’s crafts, and writing many and varied genres across the semester,” Linville says. “One of the writing assignments for the course is to compose a poem to be shared with an authentic viewing audience beyond the instructor and peers. Thus, the National Gallery of Writing was selected as the forum to showcase this particular project.”
The National Gallery of Writing is a virtual space – a Web site – where people select something they have written that is important to them. The Gallery posts a variety of submissions, including word processing, photography, audio recording, text messages and more.
“The hope is that by asking graduate candidates to write often and experience the writerly life, they will come to value themselves as writers and seek to promote a meaningful and joy-filled daily writer’s workshop in their own elementary classrooms,” Linville says.
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