2020 Writing Award Winners
This year has been one filled with unique challenges. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Writing Awards Celebration was not able to be held at FGCU. However, our outstanding students have worked so hard this year, and we would still like to acknowledge all their amazing efforts. The following students are being recognized for their exemplary work in their fields:
|Creative Non-Fiction||Kristen Locker|
|Education||Andrea Bubick & Zachary Gibson;
Runner-Up: Robert Williams
Runner-Up: Michelle Taylor
|Graduate Level - Academic||Hannah Johnson|
|Graduate Level - Creative||Jamie Kramer|
|Mathematics and Natural Sciences||Kelly Walker|
|Service Learning||Lauren Alvero|
|Social Sciences||Corina Pelli|
|Visual and Performing Arts||Wendy Y. Shi|
The Writing Awards give you the opportunity to celebrate your prose
We write for many reasons. We write for the pleasure of clarifying our thoughts and thinking through our ideas. We also write to share and convey. We text friends, we email family, and we publish discoveries that inform a community of scholars. And, yes, we also write to complete assignments. In every case, we create a permanency that lets others understand our insights and revelations, regardless of whether those expressions speak to the mundane or revolutionary.
Rules & Guidelines
- Unless otherwise noted, submissions need not have been produced in an FGCU class.
- Late submissions will not be considered.
FGCU Writing Awards Submissions
Participating is a great way to build your resume or C.V. Long-term success requires evidence, and winning a writing award will confirm your written communication skills.
Check back during Spring 2021 for the next Writing Awards!
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Excerpts from Previous Winners
"How you must cry to see your children trample, like a conquering army, through the home you have left for us. I can only imagine the pain you must feel when bulldozers scar and fires scorch your weathered hide. I can only conclude that it is because of your tender love, the love that only a parent can give, that allows you to forgive our feeble ways."
Letter to Mother Earth
"Through empathetic connection with others, the boundaries that are created through displacement of emotion are broken and crossed. The movement towards others allows for real agency to be created. Literature has proven to be an emotional trigger, and therefore in a society that condemns and suppresses emotion, literature remains a threat to governmental control."
Agency through Emotion: Exploring the Role of Empathy within the Political Sphere in Allende’s Of Love and Shadows and Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451
"Phone calls started the moment I got in the car and hadn’t stopped since. There was no lapse between them to block his number. Finally, after hours of buzzing and buzzing, it stopped. Fifty-one missed calls. “Hey. I just read your letter. I just want to say. I think you’re making a mistake, I think you should think about it a little more. I really like what we have going. I’ll respect what you want, I’ll give you your distance, just- just call me, please. Okay? Please just call me. I’m gonna call you again.”"
"We played to the growing grass and the falling mosquitos. Insects buzzed and chirped as if they were percussionists themselves. The ensemble breathed, moved, and functioned as a whole, one unit sewn together through the beats and rhythms. But how did we perform underneath the light of the moon? The music performed itself."
A Night’s Serenade
"There is still very little known about the interaction of genes and the environment that underlies the development of behavior. Awareness of suggested interaction between genes and the environment, such as what was seen in Marler’s experimental research on birdsong development, may evoke interest for further research on these interactions... The development of this concept is imperative for the continual growth of ethology."
The Research Career of Peter Marler: Deciphering Birdsong Development in Context of the Nature vs Nurture Debate
"In order to empower ELLs who already face so many struggles within their family life, programs need to be developed to meet the underserved communities rather than trying to force them into a self-degrading mindset…America desires to be innovative and cutting edge by attracting skilled workers around the world, but misses out on developing its own population. Each individual is uniquely capable of making a lasting positive impact on the world if provided with opportunities rather than roadblocks."
Sustainable Education for ELLs [English-Language learners]