You can celebrate National Day on Writing on Wednesday by taking a non-credit writing course, How to Get Published Right Now ($65), with noted author Tom Bird.

UT Professional & Personal Development will host Bird on Wednesday evening (6-9 p.m.) and again on Thursday night (6-9 p.m.), when he will teach How to Write Your Book in Five Days ($129).

Register for both of Bird’s courses and receive a $25 discount. To receive the discount, you must register by phone at (865) 974-0150.

The National Day on Writing is sponsored by National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE):

Whether we call it texting, IMing, jotting a note, writing a letter, posting an email, blogging, making a video, building an electronic presentation, composing a memo, keeping a diary, or just pulling together a report, Americans are writing like never before.

Recent research suggests that writing, in its many forms, has become a daily practice for millions of Americans. It may be the quintessential 21st century skill. By collecting a cross-section of everyday writing through a National Gallery of Writing, we will better understand what matters to writers today—and when writing really counts.

Understanding who writes, when, how, to whom, and for what purposes will lead to production of improved resources for writers, better strategies to nurture and celebrate writers, and improved policy to support writing.

Read about the University of Tennessee’s plans for observing the second annual National Day on Writing.

Darrin Devault, UT Professional & Personal Development

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