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National Day on Writing Preview

Alison Izzi
Staff Writer

Photo courtesy of Patrick Kenney.
Photo courtesy of Patrick Kenney.

With a quick Google search, anybody can find that there is a national or international day for everything.

Everything from National Siblings Day, to National Pi, and Pie Day, even National Make Up Your Own Holiday Day.

Some of these holidays have more substance than others, but all are important to their celebrants. On October 20, Springfield College will partake in one of these holidays that has been deemed significant throughout the campus. 

The National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) formed the National Day on Writing, which is dedicated to drawing attention to the outstanding variety of writing people perform daily, even hourly.

This holiday recognizes both the traditional and digital writing that surrounds the world today. Writing is being done more and more as it has become prevalent in personal lives through social media, texting, and emailing, and has blossomed into both a profession and creative tool in the work place and learning environment.

Since National Day on Writing focuses on the idea that writing can be a hobby, an obligation, an outlet of emotion, or even a finishing touch on a work of art, the hashtag #WhyIWrite is the trending topic. People of all ages are urged to take a look inside and find their reason for forming words on a paper or typing letters onto a screen. The NCTE are firm believers that everybody writes for a different reason, and by learning more about these reasons, it is possible to make the writing experience more beneficial and profound in each type of outlet. To help uncover the motives of writing, Springfield College English Professor Anne Wheeler has set a schedule of activities all over campus.

At 10 a.m., youngsters from the Child Development Center will be given Springfield College postcards and asked to draw or write on them, exercising their creative flow. These postcards will then be addressed and mailed to the corresponding parents of the children. Since it wouldn’t be fair to only offer such an opportunity to children, students are encouraged to do the same, as postcards will be available to them from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. via a variety of faculty members.

Also from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., writing on the walls will be encouraged in the Babson Library. Craft paper will line the sides of the collaborative learning area where students will respond to #WhyIWrite, giving their own insight that others can reflect on. During the lunch hours of 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., in the Campus Union, students will have the opportunity to write and reflect on their post-college plans.

As the campus celebrates the art of forming words into something beautiful, faculty members will be handing out postcards and lollipops to help engage as many students as possible.

Wheeler asks the campus to get involved, as this is one of the greatest efforts the college has in extending the writing community, and it can be a great inspirational experience, especially for those who have already discovered their love for writing. And besides, who is going to pass up lollipops?

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