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Creative Writing Festival

Posted by titantv on April 11, 2014 at 12:25 AM

By Karlie Simmons 

 

At McDowell High School, the journalism program and the creative writing class is a very important thing. The students that work in it help produce Titan TV and the school’s newspaper. This is a show that helps let the student body and faculty about the events that are going on in the school.

One of the things that the Journalism class does to try and help and improve their writing is to go to workshops and writing festivals. They are actually getting ready to go to a writing festival on Friday, April 11th.

The festival that they are going to is the Montreat Creative Writing Festival. Some of the students in Journalism have already been to this festival once before. The students who have never been before are very excited about it. Some of these students would be Nathaniel Yates (junior), Hayley Taylor (junior), and Elizabeth Case (senior).

There are several different things that will be going on at the festival. One of the events that stands out more than the rest would be the Creative Writing Contest in Poetry & Fiction. Several of the students have submitted pieces to this contest in hopes of winning Montreat College Scholarships and simply, to have fun. Over the past years, McDowell’s group has done very well in this festival in events such as the Poetry Slam and the Creative Writing Contest in both Poetry and Fiction.

There are several other opportunities that this trip gives the students aside from the contest. For instance they are having a poetry slam and an open mic as well as several different workshops for things such as beginners starting out in journalism and those interested in screen play, and song lyric writing.

One of the students that have been before and have participated in the poetry slam would be Jenna Allison (junior). “Basically, the poetry slam, what we do is we get up and perform stuff that we have wrote to get the best reaction out of the audience, and then whoever gets the highest score from the judges wins.” This is one of the largest and most organized poetry slams that Jenna has been to. Which is to be expected since it is being hosted at a well respected college.

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