A Way With Words: Community Celebrates Writing
If there’s one thing you’re guaranteed to see often on a college campus, it’s writing: papers for class, undergraduate and faculty research, student newspaper articles, tweets, blogs… The hypothetical list—which of course would also be written—is a long one. In tribute to the written word, the Learning and Writing Center at Virginia Wesleyan celebrated 2014 National Day on Writing on Oct. 20, embracing this year’s theme, “Write My Community.” As part of the day’s activities, VWC students, faculty and staff were invited to share their thoughts on why they write and what it allows them to accomplish. The written accounts were displayed around campus, paying tribute to this very important form of communication. Keeping with the theme, the Learning and Writing Center also collected student stories about community service experiences and hosted a haiku-writing contest in which participants used the short form of Japanese poetry to describe how they feel about Virginia Wesleyan. Each of the submissions has been compiled at the VWC Celebrates National Day on Writing webpage. “A liberal arts education is about creating well-rounded and engaged citizens,” says Coordinator of Writing Services Kim Fahle. “Writing is such a key part of this. We write in our private lives, our professional lives, and our civic lives…Writing allows us to share our ideas and point of view with others and affect change in our own lives and within our communities.” VWC’s Learning and Writing Center offers academic and disability support services, providing VWC students with the resources they need to become successful independent learners.