The CLU Writing Center

Why Writing Matters

That is the question, and the Writing Center invites you to join a conversation that is going on in the CLU Community: What is the role of writing in your life and in your work?


Timothy C. Hengst, M.A.
Professor and Chair,
Multimedia Program

"In my life, I use writing to inspire visual imagery that forms the basis of my illustration work. Writing can add clarity or alter a preconceived viewpoint. Well- written material allows one’s cognitive activity to conjure up unique, original, and often quite complex images."

Jacqueline Lyons, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of English

“In my life, writing is vital, both as a means and an end?I am fed by the intellectual and creative exercise of translating what is thought, sensed, and intuited into words on the page, and receive great satisfaction in shaping a creative work with attention to both form and content.”

“Writing is perhaps the most intentional way I engage with the phenomenal and noumenal world. Through writing I observe, explore, mimic, question, argue with, mourn and adore the world. Writing brings my attention to the sentence, the word, the sound, and then I feel like I can hear everything.”

Bryan B. Rasmussen, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of

“Writing is discovery and wonder. Writing models an encounter with a world of artifacts I think I know but really don’t: the words, ideas, texts, and objects grown superficially familiar through superficial use. The more I write, the more curious and unfamiliar the world becomes because writing slows down my mind and allows me to reacquaint myself with what I only thought I knew. But writing is also an opportunity to shape the world around my mind. Metaphors, analogies, and arguments do more than describe the world. They participate in the collaborative project of creating it, because the world is always being written.”