Seton Hill University students enrolled in Basic Composition or Seminar in Thinking and Writing courses during the fall 2009 semester prepared and submitted work for consideration in the National Gallery of Writing, a digital archive composed of samples of writing submitted by individuals from across the nation. Nine Seton Hill students had their work selected for the Gallery.

“The National Gallery of Writing provides an opportunity for writers to share their craft with a broad and diverse audience,” said Laura Sloan Patterson, Ph.D., associate professor of English and director of Undergraduate Writing Programs at Seton Hill. “Our goal was to provide a wider audience for the wonderful writing our students are doing within the first year writing program.”

Instructors selected the best two student pieces from each class that participated to showcase in Seton Hill University’s gallery, Kim Pennesi, coordinator of Seton Hill University’s Writing Center, serves as the curator of Seton Hill’s gallery.

Student work featured in the National Gallery of Writing includes: Clare Berenato of Pittsburgh, Pa., “Solutions to Racism: The Bright Daybreak of Peace and Brotherhood,” Dominic Camasso of Hatfield, Pa., “The Outlawing of Animal Testing,” Paul Cornelius of Scarborough, Ontario, “The Female Stereotype,” Stephen Ray of Greensburg, Pa., “When Teachers Fail,” Tamara Robinson of Saint Thomas, Virgin Islands, “1984 VS 2009,” Kaitlin Tryon of Greensburg, Pa., “Paragraph 1: Undefined Writing,” Brooke Tyszkiewicz of North Huntingdon, Pa., “Typical Gender Roles of Women and How They Are Changing Today,” Bryan Woodfork of Pittsburgh, Pa., “Brothers in the Bull Pen,” and Joanna Zeleznik of Salt Point, N.Y., “Man or Woman?: The History of Androgyny.”

The National Gallery of Writing, launched on October 20, 2009, is administered by the National Council of Teachers of English, an organization devoted to improving the teaching and learning of English and the language arts at all levels of education. Since 1911, the National Council of Teachers of English has provided a forum for the profession, an array of opportunities for teachers to continue their professional growth throughout their careers, and a framework for cooperation to deal with issues that affect the teaching of English.