Announcement:: CRP Writing Contest Winners
Have you heard? The winners of the Common Reading Program Writing Contest have been announced. Read on to discover the winners and the jury's reviews.
First place: Janet Kwon - "What's the Limit?"
Second place: Marissa Evans - "Weighting for Air"
"Weighting for Air" is a creative entry which effectively
expresses the anxieties students feel when they are away from their
families for the first time and the ways in which students can deal with
these anxieties. Specifically, the jury liked that the author shows the
emotions that the speaker feels without explicitly stating the
speaker's feelings. For example, the way in which the author describes
the periods of the speaker's sentences as aligning with his/her
breathing allows the reader to understand the calm that the speaker
experiences when s/he writes.
Third place: Patrick Enright - "Enduring the Abyss: A Guide to Surviving a Motherless, Brotherless, and Potentially Meaningless Existence"
Unlike other submissions to the contest, the writer of
"Enduring the Abyss: A Guide to Surviving a Motherless, Brotherless, and
Potentially Meaningless Existence" employs an innovative approach by
using the composition format of a letter. The jury was appreciative of
the writer's confident, witty, and instructive tone. As the writer
embraces refreshing humorous techniques to explicitly cope with the
melancholy of being without family, readers will experience an intense
juxtaposition of comedy and tragedy.
Honourable mentions are given to:
The CRP Writing Contest was judged by a jury of one faculty member, one staff member, and one student. Names and identifying information were removed from all entries so judges had no knowledge of each entry's authorship.
All students and members of the Laurier community are invited to a short ceremony acknowledging the winners and entrants of the inaugural Common Reading Program Writing Contest. Details of the event are as follows: