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All-Night Writer’s Block Party

In the Warren Hunting Smith Library, dozens of students recently had a marathon writing session in the Geneva and Sanford rooms for the end-of-the-semester Writer’s Block Party, hosted by the Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL).

The event, held from 3 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 7, until 3 a.m. the following morning, offered workspace, company and support from writing faculty and staff, as well as Writing and Teaching Fellows.

“We had a great night; about a dozen students were ready to start writing when we opened the doors at 3 p.m., and eight students were still working hard when we shut it down at 3 in the morning,” says CTL Program Coordinator Ingrid Keenan. “In between, the room was crowded all night, with at least 20 students in the room at any time. The peak was around 11 p.m. with 38 students.”

During those 12 hours, Writing Fellows, Teaching Fellows, and faculty and staff held 57 meetings with 40 unique students — and one prospective student. Snacks and coffee were provided, as well as games and activities when students needed a break.

“Students told us that the event was a huge help, and a lot of fun,” Keenan says. “We definitely plan to do another one, and maybe even make this an end-of-semester tradition!”

The Writer’s Block Party was part of the International Write-In. Between Dec. 4 and Dec. 12, more than 20 small liberal arts college writing programs and writing centers across the country, coordinated by the consortium of Small Liberal Arts College Writing Program Administrators, hosted similar events during the end of classes and/or beginning of exams. The writing centers of NYU-Shanghai and NYU-Abu Dhabi also hosted write-ins, turning the national write-in turned into an international event: #nationalwritein.