Scary stories wanted in Fright Write contest

October 24, 2017

Lily Spencer

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    Analytical essays, presentation outlines and daunting 15-page midterm papers won’t be the only scary writing students lay their eyes on this week.

    The Writing Center’s Fright Write contest is accepting students’ writing submissions until Oct. 27. No length or subject is required; however, the stories must be frightening.

    The top three stories will be read aloud for students and faculty on Oct. 30 from 5-6 p.m. during the Fright Write event in the Writing Center, located in Columbine Hall 316.

    Students who attend the event in costume will also have the chance to win one of three prizes for the best costumes. Winners will be awarded a trophy and candy after attendees vote anonymously on the best costumes.

     Maggierose Martinez, Writing Center consultant and coordinator of Fright Write, says the center’s event committee will read the stories anonymously and choose the top three winners.

    Although it is not the first time the Writing Center has held a writing contest, Fright Write will be the center’s first scary story contest. Martinez says the main purpose of this event is to increase students’ familiarity with the Writing Center and the resources it provides.

    “The Writing Center is doing this event to get students involved and more familiar with the writing community on campus,” she says.

    Writing Center consultant Emily Doryk, a senior English major, hopes the event will encourage more students to come to the Writing Center for assistance when necessary.

    “Writing is a tool that everyone has to use, whether it is for school right now or for a job in the future. Writing is just something that everybody needs to know how to do,” she says.

    The Writing Center provides a variety of services, including one-on-one and small-group peer mentoring, along with appointments either 25 or 50 minutes long.

    Doryk hopes more students will take advantage of all that the Writing Center offers.

    “The Writing Center is important in that regard because people can come in and it’s really a community of encouragement where we can learn to become better writers to prepare us for the future,” she says.

    Students can submit their scary stories to [email protected] by Oct. 27.