Fresno State will host a celebration of the National Day on Writing on Friday, Oct. 20 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Room 2206 of the Henry Madden Library. The event will feature work from Fresno State student writers, and those who attend will have an opportunity to share why they write.

Dr. Nicole Gonzales HowellAt 11:30 a.m., Dr. Nicole Gonzales Howell will offer a brief keynote about her experiences as a writer. Howell received her MA from Fresno State and earned her Ph.D. from Syracuse University in Composition and Cultural Rhetoric.

In 2014, Howell was selected as one of the Ethnic Minority Dissertation Fellows at the University of San Francisco (now the Gerardo Marin Dissertation Fellows). Prior to her time as a dissertation fellow at USF, Nicole taught a variety of writing courses ranging from first-year composition to upper division courses for writing majors.

In addition to teaching, Howell has also been a writing center consultant and graduate editor for Syracuse University. Much of Nicole’s research has focused on the importance of considering social location (race, gender, class, ability, and sexuality) of both students and teachers and how it relates to many aspects of writing instruction, teacher affect, program administration, and in particular writing assessment. Her current research project includes an archival historiographic project that inserts Latina activist Dolores Huerta into the rhetorical tradition.

During her visit to Fresno State, Dr. Gonzales Howell will also lead a faculty development workshop for the Writing Across the Curriculum program.

Established in 2009 by the National Council of Teachers of English, the National Day on Writing celebrates writing in all forms – from stories, poems, and letters to text messages, videos, and audio recordings – and demonstrates how writing is a vital part of our everyday lives. Thousands of writers from across the country recognize the National Day on Writing with local events, including write-ins, talks by local authors, and poetry slam celebrations.

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