What a wild week it has been! Our young writers started out as shy
strangers on Monday and are leaving the workshop as strong storytellers only four days later, and we cannot express our pride at how much progress the writers made throughout the week. Our staff would like to thank those who made the Young Writers’ Workshop possible along with anyone who supported our young writers. Without your help, it wouldn’t be possible to continue creating a community of young writers who aren’t afraid to pursue their imagination and passion.
Today the writers prepared for their readings at 2pm. However, they managed to sneak in a treasure hunt between editing and writing for their final pieces. Trekking across K-State’s gorgeous campus, the writers split up into their small groups to find local landmarks: the bell by Bluemont, the Martin Luther King Jr. bust near Ahearn, and the power cat statue at the Alumni Center to mention a few. It was an opportunity for the writers to interact with the campus and get to know it beyond the Beach Museum. Judging from the pictures below, it appears like they had a blast!
Since fun was the treasure hunt’s main objective, everyone came back to lunch as a winner. The day ended at the Beach Museum of Art where each writer revised their pieces before presenting them in front of family and friends.
Parents, guardians, siblings, friends, K-State professors and staff, and alumni of the program began arriving at 2pm to hear the young writers’ works. It was awesome to see the love and support filling the Beach Museum as the applause echoed throughout the gallery.
Dr. Katy Karlin gave an introductory speech wherein she thanked those who made the Young Writers’ Workshop possible: The Beach Museum, the English Department at Kansas State, Dr. Karin Westman (our department head), and Helen and Duke Dupre, our generous donors and K-State alumni. Without further delay, the writers each took the podium for four minutes to share the INCREDIBLE work they have compiled throughout the week.
Young Writers’ Workshop 2018
And just as abruptly as it began, the 2018 Young Writers’ Workshop is over. While I write this last blog post with a heavy heart, I know this week will be one of my fondest memories of summer 2018. Thanks to all the readers, staff members, and donors who made this Workshop possible! I am forever grateful to have been this year’s program assistant.
— Adrianna Gordey