Lakeland creative writing majors spent three days with guest author and Lakeland alumnus Dawn Hogue at the Writing Workshop Seminar. The seminar is a requirement for the creative writing major and gives upcoming writers a chance to meet a published author to learn from them and work on the pieces they write. Hogue worked with the students individually in a workshop to give feedback on the pieces and in groups to create pieces on site using photos brought in by Hogue, showing that a story or poem is everywhere. Hogue gave students constructive feedback on how to elevate the pieces, find inspiration, and present at a public reading. On the last day of the seminar, Hogue read an excerpt from his new book “Summit Road” and the students read their workshop pieces in front of a large audience in Laun.
Lakeland sophomore Tayler Otten, who read a series of poems at the public reading, said, “The Writer’s Studio was an eye-opening experience. As an aspiring writer and editor, it was helpful for me to work on my article with a published author. I really enjoyed public reading as it allowed me to step out of my comfort zone and share my poetry with others.
Lakeland senior Darcyn Gross, who read her fictional article, shared similar sentiments to Otten and was inspired by Hogue and others’ supporting show, “I really appreciate that Dawn is came and lent some of her expertise. As a writer, I’m always excited to grow in my abilities. I don’t usually really like to read in public, but I had a blast at the event. I wanted to also thank everyone who came; the writers appreciate you.
Creative writing students work on multiple pieces at once in a given semester while working in the studio with their peers. The opportunity to work with a published author and receive feedback outside of Lakeland prepares students for future submissions and provides space to ask questions about writing and publishing to a professional.