Writing Revue to Feature Diverse Writers

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Writing Revue to Feature Diverse Writers

Come support peers and faculty as they share original writing this Thursday.

North Central is once again hosting the third annual Twin Cities Intercollegiate Revue in the T.J. Jones Library on Nov. 14 at 6:30 p.m. The event will be put on by the English department in partnership with Sigma Tau Delta.

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The Twin Cities Intercollegiate Writing Revue last year in T.J. Jones

Each year, another university is invited to join North Central at the Revue. The ability to hear students from other universities expands variety in the readers for the event. This year students and faculty from the University of Northwestern – St. Paul have been invited to participate in the Intercollegiate Revue.

English professor Desiree Libengood created this event three years ago, which has since become an annual event. The Writing Revue allows students and faculty read their original work in front of an audience, to share their gifts and abilities with peers from North Central and Northwestern. The participants will read original short fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry that they have developed through the semester in class or outside of the classroom.

“It’s a way for them to share what they have created and works that are close to them or works that they have done exceptionally well on,” said Libengood. “It’s really exciting that they have an opportunity, as students, to share something in a way most students don’t get to.”

Participating in this event holds benefits for any major – not just English majors and minors. Contributing to the Intercollegiate Revue adds to a person’s resume or graduate school application. Though the event is put on by the English Department, everyone is encouraged to attend and hear their classmates share original work.

An invitation from Sigma Tau Delta

Sigma Tau Delta, the other sponsoring group, is the English National Honor Society. The honor society is for students who exhibit a higher standard of academic excellence in English, including literature, language and writing. The Intercollegiate Writing Revue will promote this higher standard and encourage an interest in literature, which is the focus of Sigma Tau Delta.

“We hope to inspire people toward literacy volunteerism and academic success,” said Victoria Pyron, president of Sigma Tau Delta.

Pyron has co-hosted this event, and she plans on reading an original piece of poetry. Her poem is about an honor killing shelter, which she learned about through visiting Iraq. Pyron also looks forward to hearing about other’s experiences through their work.

“I hope to hear what other people are writing to inspire, challenge and encourage myself to continue on as a writer,” said Pyron.

Hearing first-hand from an award-winning author

Each year a professional writer is asked to come and share from their work and experiences. This year’s featured reader will be award-winning young adult author Jonathan Friesen. Friesen is an author from Minnesota who has made a name for himself with the young adult novel Jerk, California, which received the ALA Schneider Award. Friesen will read from some of his work, share some of his experiences and give an opportunity for a question and answer session.

The Intercollegiate Writing Revue will open up the chance to hear first-hand from a professional writer, be challenged and ask questions about writing, literature and life. The event is open for anyone to enjoy some snacks and hear what their peers have been working on.