Celebrating the great variety of writing in our personal and academic lives, the Writing Center hosted the campus's 2nd Annual National Day on Writing 'Carnival' on October 20th 2010. As a supporter of campus writing of all types, the Writing Center was a natural facilitator for the celebration. Administrators, faculty, staff, and students posted to the Writing Center's graffiti wall, continued the lyrics of a corpse poem, Twittered on our writing wall, submitted work for peer review in the Writing Center, and played academic word toss, among other games.
One of the most popular activities was the graffiti wall. Students left signatures or notes on large pieces of butcher paper. Those that participated were given a small prize. They were then introduced to other displays. The caption board proved that students could think on their feet. A dozen pictures were posted and dozens of students added captions to each of the pictures. The exquisite corpse poem, renamed a 'Collaborative Lyrical Composition,' was a resounding success. Each student was shown a single line of a poem, with the rest of the poem obscured. Once a student added a line to the poem, the rest of it was revealed. About thirty students participated, creating a work that caused laugher at the poem's unusual progression.
Participants were awarded candy, soda, and Writing Center pencils and support materials for their involvement in the carnival. The Writing Center is peer staffed and provides guidance and help to students on any aspect of writing.
Pictured: Assistant Director of the Writing Center Joy Paterson with Consultants Damaria Daniels, Khalilah Moore, and Chassidy Guidry at the National Day on Writing Celebration
Pictured: Students add lines to the Collaborative Lyrical Composition.