For release: January 5, 2009
For press information, contact Gabrielle Maxey, 901/678-2843
The University of Memphis will host WordSmith 2009 on Saturday, Feb. 7, in the Psychology
Auditorium. The writing competition for students in grades 7 through 12 will begin
at 8:30 a.m. and run until about 2 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
For more information, contact Cathy Dice, WordSmith director, at 901-678-4535 or firstname.lastname@example.org