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Towson writers celebrate passions

23 October 2013 By Stephanie G-Munguia, Staff Writer No Comments

It seems everyone is using hashtags to communicate what they’re doing or feeling on Twitter, and Towson’s Writing Center is no exception.

To celebrate National Day of Writing, Oct. 21, the Writing Center launched the Twitter campaign “#TUWrites.”

“#TU Writes was intended to give Towson students a venue to talk about writing and reflect on the role writing plays in their day-to-day lives,” Jessica Reyes, assistant director of the Writing Center, said.

National Day of Writing was created to emphasize the importance and eclectic styles of writing and how writing plays a huge role in everyone’s lives.

“A lot of people think that writing only happens in English classes. The reality is that writing happens across campus every day, in classrooms and in offices. Almost all jobs except their employees to be able to express themselves, whether they’re writing emails to coworkers, creating presentations, proposing projects or applying for grants,” Reyes said.

On Monday, a table was set up in the lobby of Liberal Arts lobby and free pencils, writing prompts and candy were handed out.

A Twitter station was also set up for Towson writers to tweet their thoughts using the tag #TUWrites.

“We had a great turnout and it was fun to talk to students about their writing adventures and how the Writing Center can support them,” Reyes said.

The Writing Center, located in the Liberal Arts building, exists to help students who come in for help with their writing.  All of the writing assistants are both undergraduate and graduate Towson students who have strong skills in making a piece of writing successful.

“Of course we have a few English majors, but most of our writing assistants are from other majors, including nursing, mass communications, biology, history, political science and anthropology, just to name a few. Our writing assistants are Borderlands enthusiasts, guitar players, canners, artists and Netflix bingers, just like the rest of us,” Reyes said.

Reyes said she hopes #TUWrites will help dispel misconceptions surrounding writers.

“Sometimes it is difficult for us to see ourselves as writers, because our culture perpetuates images of writers that don’t reflect actual writing practices. For instance, the media loves to portray writers as these solitary, angst-ridden characters tucked away in their attics working on their next novel. While creative writing is certainly one type of writing, it is not the only type. If you text, tweet, post Facebook statuses, write essays for class or send your grandma postcards, you’re a writer,” Reyes said.

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