For release: February 4, 2010
For press information, contact Gabrielle Maxey, 901/678-2843
The University of Memphis will host “WordSmith 2010” on Sunday, Feb. 7, in the Psychology
Auditorium. The writing competition, which is for students in grades seven through
12, will begin at 1:45 p.m. Students from public and private schools in Memphis and
Shelby County are eligible to compete.
WordSmith Tournament Day events test students’ skills in four areas of non-fiction:
description, narration, persuasion, and exposition. All students receive the same
writing assignment and are judged according to their grade level. The first three
events are short “dashes” of 40, 80, and 120 words. Top finishers go on to compete
in the main event, the 400-word dash.
Sponsors are the U of M Department of English and the Shelby-Memphis Council of Teachers
More information is available from Cathy Dice, WordSmith director, at 901-678-4535