Bethany College Writing Center invited students to celebrate the National Day on Writing, Oct. 19. The celebration included a short writing activity called “Why I Write.” Students, faculty and staff were invited to write down, on a piece of paper, why they write and pose for a photo. The ideas and pictures were shared through the Department of English Twitter and Facebook page with #WhyIWrite hashtag on Oct. 20.

“It is just a simple question asking once a year, “Why do you write?” and the beauty of this activity is making people to think for a moment,” says Jaerong Lee, Adjunct Core & Academic Assistant Professor and organizer of the event.  “Some people get very serious, and think deeply about the purpose of writing in their lives. There is no right or wrong answer.”

National Day on Writing advocates that writing is not just a pencil-and-paper writing assignment, but a part of humankind. It is a campaign to illustrate writing as a part of how people work, learn, remember, and communicate. Writing gives voice to individuals and enables people to give voice to the things that matters to them.

The National day on Writing was founded by the National Council of Teachers of English on the premise that writing is critical to literacy, but needs greater attention and celebration.