In observance of the National Day on Writing, which was October 20, 2016, the WRMC welcomed members of the VIU community to share why they write. Faculty, staff, students, and other community members visited the center and wrote on Post-it notes their reasons for writing, and we are happy to say the front board was inundated with Post-its! We pulled some of our favorites and posted them on this blog (below). It seems that there are many reasons why people in the VIU community write, from practical to creative. We look forward to celebrating this event every year as we contemplate the use of and need for writing in our everyday lives. In solidarity with other centers and the National Council of Teachers of English, we used the hashtag #WhyIWrite.
We would especially like to thank the Career Center for supporting our observance: its staff and students created thoughtful and powerful statements on writing.
Here are some of our contributors' thoughts:
Writing to transcend barriers and create a connection to things, concepts, and other people transfixes us:
We love the simple beauty and practicality behind why this author writes:
Writing as a confidence booster? Yes, please! We love the idea of celebrating that feeling we get when our thoughts and feelings finally go from brain to paper:
This quote about writing as a collective experience has us searching for our nearest writing group :
We welcome all people to write, not just on October 20th, but every day of the year. Writing is one of the bravest thing a human being can do. When you do write, remember this: