Olin Library's Fall Write-In event this week brought a total of 65 student writers together to work closely with writing tutors, librarians, and each other from 8 p.m. to midnight Nov. 20 on all different parts of the research and writing process.
Sponsored by The Writing Center, Washington University Libraries, The First Year Center, and Stressbusters, the event took place on the first floor of Olin Library, with Writing Center staff and research librarians on hand to answer questions, help with the writing process, and provide research assistance. All WUSTL students were welcome at the event, and since the timing of it coincided with final Writing 1 projects, the freshman presence was especially strong.
"The fact that we're all here doing the same thing is kind of motivating," said freshman Imani Madison, co-working at a table with a handful of other students bent over laptops. "It's a good place to do it, too."
As fellow freshmen Amir Hassan and Chiraag Kapadia reviewed each other's work and enjoyed some refreshments for a few minutes while waiting for the next available tutor, they noted the value of getting advice and fresh perspectives from other people as well as the helpful atmosphere.
"It's not as distracting as my dorm," Kapadia said. Hassan added that he hopes the event will happen regularly--perhaps once a semester or even more often.
Stressbusters offered free massages to students during the Write-In as well, providing needed stress relief as the end of the semester and final projects and exams loom.
To view photos of the inaugural Write-In, see http://www.flickr.com/photos/wustllibraries/tags/writein/.