TWU students are pros with prose

Trinity Western University students Jay Jameson and Katherine Hartline are all smiles after both receiving first prize in the Conference of Christianity and Literature Student Writing Contest

Langley, BC-Trinity Western University's Creative Writing class is proving its mettle. From the class, Jay Jameson and Katherine Hartline have both won first prize in this year's Student Writing Contest, which is sponsored by the Conference of Christianity and Literature. Submissions for the contest came from across the United States in three different categories: poetry, fiction and non-fiction. Jameson won first prize for his non-fiction essay "Trojan" and Hartline won first prize for her poem "Young Entrepreneurs."

Professor of the class, Lynn Szabo, is thrilled about the wins. She says, "This is a prestigious contest with the best young writers in college and university Creative Writing courses invited to submit from all over North America." She adds, "Katherine Hartline and Jay Jameson have demonstrated exceptional talents in Creative Writing since my first meeting them in our program."

The jurors' comments from the contest reflect the high honour given to these two students.

The comment for Jameson's "Trojan" says, "[The essay's] most immediately striking feature is its form: an archive that effectively weaves together literary quotations, emails, newspaper clippings, and personal reflections into a larger mediation on creation, destruction, and time in between. Another striking feature is its evocative use of imagery: the Trojan nuclear tower as ‘a cigar being smoked by the planet as it faces a firing squad.' On the whole, this is a thought provoking and richly textured piece of writing."

On Hartline's "Young Entrepreneurs," the comment reads, "This poem impressed me with its serious, but never melodramatic, tone. The poet has brought together two stories from two generations and skillfully sewn them with the common thread of faith. As interesting as the stories are, however, the poet has carefully kept the poem a poem, focusing on imagery, suggestive language, and beautiful phrasings."

Szabo is not surprised at the quality of creative writing coming out the university. She states that Jameson and Hartline "are not alone [in their success], considering that Jonathan Auxier, one of our earlier graduates, went on to the very prestigious Carnegie-Mellon writers' program in Pittsburg to complete an MFA [Masters in Fine Arts] in Writing. He is excelling in his chosen field, has won large awards for his writing, and is currently a screenwriter in Los Angeles."

Also coming from the university's Creative Writing students is the peer-reviewed student literary journal [spaces], which includes student poetry, photography, fiction and non-fiction essays and stories. The journal is published annually, with its second installment having come out this Spring. Szabo notes that the journal is "gaining the attention of other universities and writers."

Thanks to students like Jameson and Hartline, the success of TWU's Creative Writing program is beginning to speak for itself. In fact, Szabo claims, "Some of the students we currently have at TWU have come for the creative writing program."

To view Jameson's and Hartline's winning entries, click here

Copies of [spaces] are sold at TWU's bookstore.

Trinity Western University, in Langley, B.C. is an independent Christian liberal arts and sciences university enrolling approximately 4000 students. TWU offers undergraduate degrees in 40 major areas of study ranging from biotechnology, education, nursing, theatre and music, to psychology, communications and biblical studies. TWU's 16 graduate degree programs include counseling psychology, business, theology and leadership, and offers interdisciplinary studies in English, philosophy and history. TWU holds Canada Research Chairs in Biblical Studies, Biology and Interpretation, Religion & Culture.


Last Updated: 2008-08-12
Author: Jamie Hall