Can you write your life story in six words or fewer? Sigma Tau Delta, the Snow Island Review, and the Writing Center challenged the FMU community to create something new during the English Department’s celebration of the National Day on Writing.
The National Day on Writing is sponsored by the National Council for Teachers of English, a US- based organization supporting those who teach English at all levels. The Day On Writing was created because “writing is critical to literacy but needs greater attention and celebration”.
Once again this year, Sigma Tau Delta partnered with the Writing Center and the literary journal Snow Island Review to give students a chance to stretch their creative writing skills in two quick activities: the six word memoir and the two sentence horror story. By the time the event ended at two, sticky notes covered the boards.
Also this year, the English Department’s Composition Program sponsored a 15 minute writing break at noon. Professors from English, Political Science, Biology, Spanish, and Psychology encouraged students to write on topics of interest to sir classes–some creative, some academic.
Participants were encouraged to share their work and experiences on social media, to join in the national conversation and encourage others to write. NCTE nationally used the tag #WhyIWrite, resulting in several thousand posts. #FmuWrites had a few local users, including Composition Coordinator Rachel spear, who headed up the noon writing challenge with Assistant Coordinator Catherine England.
Spear hopes to grow the noon writing break from the four hundred or so participants involved this year. Hurricane Matthew forced some instructors to cancel their NDoW plans, so the Composition Program looks forward to an even bigger event Friday, October 20, 2017.
For more information about the Writing Center and, Composition Program, browse the rest of fmuenglish.com
Photos by: Christina Xan, Meredith Reynolds, and Rachel Spear