Ada Long Creative Writing Workshop closes the book on 2014 workshop

By on June 26, 2014

McKenzi Williams reading in front of the dry erase board with the words “Empty space is a waste of our creative potential” appropriately covered by artwork added throughout the Workshop.

Every June, the University Honors Program and Department of English work together to hold a three week creative writing workshop for selected high school students.

Students are put into one class per week during the Workshop; focusing on poetry, fiction and an elective. Participants are also taken on field trips to Birmingham hot spots.

The Workshop’s reading and reception was held on Friday, June 20. After Dr. Robert Palazzo, Dr. William Rushton, Dr. Peter Bellis, and Tina Braziel extended their thoughts and kind words, Workshop participants were presented with a slick black notebook and a CD of recordings made earlier in the Workshop.

The readers selected to represent the 2014 Workshop class read as follows:

  • Elena Mangrobang reading “Chin at Taco Bell: 3pm” and “He Sells Rocks at Diners”
  • Maya Quinn  reading “A Prayer to Kami-sama,” “Our Hike” and “Thy Color is Thine Own Enemy”
  • McKenzi Williams reading “Splintered” and “Judge Me”
  • Molly Brown reading “April Mornings,” “The Dance” and “What is Writing?”

Brown sealed the mature style and tone of the afternoon with “What is Writing?”

“Writing is spending entire days on the computer, living off of leftover food and caffeine. It’s when you look at your finished product and want to scream, either out of frustration or joy,” she read.

“The future lyricists, poets, and possible members of the asylum are in this room, writing up a storm so powerful, Noah is in trouble.”


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