Creative writing is a way for Midland College students to express themselves in the form of non-fiction, fiction, and poetry, according to Brendan Egan, English teachers.
The Rebecca Watson Creative Writing Contest that started 40 years ago gives MC students an opportunity to see their literary efforts in print, he said. The contest was renamed to honor MC professor Rebecca T. Watson who retired from the English department. She guided the contest to maturity over the years.
The winners were recognized earlier in March in the McCormick Gallery at the Allison Fine Arts building at MC. Pizza and soft drinks were served, and winners read their work to the audience.
Forty-five contestants entered the contest. The categories were non-fiction, fiction and poetry. John Bosworth won first place for his fiction piece “Swamps” and first place for his poem “Holograms”. won the non- fiction category with her piece “The Power of Literature.”
MC English Professor Karen Pape, said she requires her students to enter their work into the contest. “I think it often is a surprise to students of how creative they can be. Sometime they just need someone to say ‘yea I think you can do’ really just leading them into it.”