Every year on October 20, the National Council of Teachers of English sponsors the National Day on Writing, an event celebrated around the country at multiple colleges and universities. This year marked the ninth annual celebration.The Writing Center, Composition Office, and Library staff collaborated in promoting this year’s hashtag, #WhyIWrite, with an event on the second floor of the Hodges Library.
One of the most popular activities was the graffiti walk in which students could write their thoughts and explore all the reasons why they write. Answers varied from “to express my feelings” to “self care” to “relieve stress.”
Other answers varied from quotes to hashtags to an encouraging letter written to a friend.
Students also participated in a picture caption contest, writing anecdotes for each posted photograph.Others gathered near a laptop connected to a projector as they played a game in which they could all take turns adding to a story. As their narrative took unexpected turns, more and more passersby stopped to read.
Many took advantage of all three activities and took pictures while writing on the graffiti walk to commemorate their experiences.
Attendees ranged from undergraduate students to graduate students and professors, and their inscriptions on the graffiti walk indicated that writing is important in all areas of life, whether it be for “extra credit,” to “pass English,” or to “change the world.”
*Many thanks to Kelly Tilton, our Information Literacy Instruction Librarian, for these photographs.