National Day on Writing Carnival

It could be said that without writing we wouldn’t have libraries. Sure, librarians could collect images, which we do, or other pieces of culture and education to preserve, but when one thinks of libraries, books, bound pages of written words, are often the first thoughts associated with libraries. So of course you know you’d find us at the National Day on Writing Carnival, a celebration of all things written, presented by IUP Writing Across the Curriculum.


Anyone walking by the HSS Building today was greeted with sounds of the carnival pouring out of speakers. It was easy to get pulled in and upon entering, difficult to leave and get back to work. (The cupcakes and popcorn made it especially difficult to go back.)



Booths were set up throughout the lobby, decorated with balloons, ready to teach passersby about elements of writing. Words like “idioms” and “salutations” were being tossed about while folks from throughout the campus waited for their turn to be wowed by Cirque de Papier artist Michael Roy or to try and win a prize at the Lucky Duck booth.




Our friends from the Kathleen Jones White Writing center were also at the carnival, giving attendees temporary tattoos. With the Haunted Hypertext and the Idiom Freak Show, the fun seemed endless and it was a delight to see so many coming out to support the power of writing.


Today is the National Day on Writing and throughout social media #WhyIWrite is trending. We’re interested in learning why you write. Share your reasons either as a comment on this blog post or using your favorite social media app. Tag us in it because we’re curious and love to see people celebrating writing. Write on!