The Valle Verde writing center is hosting a month-long horror themed short story contest to get students interested in literacy.
“We just really want to encourage writing and literacy at the college,” explained Writing Center coordinator Yasmin Ramirez.
“Whenever we say read something often time students make a face; it’s typically associated with homework. By making it a horror themed short story we’re hoping they [students] will find their inner Stephen King and write something really amazing.”
Students are free to submit their stories for the center’s “Spooky-Scary-Story Contest” throughout the month of October.
On Halloween the writing center will host an event with treats, a movie and prizes to win.
Participants are encouraged to go all out and wear their Halloween costumes.
During the event students will get the chance to enter in a raffle by dressing up, getting a tutoring session or by entering in the writing contest.
In the end the student who wrote the best story will get a mysterious grand prize. The writing contest will be judged by some of the very tutors tasked with helping students.
“We have staff members who have a background in creative writing,” explained Ramirez.
The writing competition is part of an overall plan the writing center has to spread literacy among EPCC students.
Last semester the writing center held a “Make Your Own Meme,” contest and they plan to hold more in the future.
Ramirez credits Allen Rodriguez and Laura Castruita, both tutors from the center, with coming up with the idea for a horror themed contest.
“We are the writing center and we want to support writing. So, that’s kind of how the short story came into play,” Ramirez explained.
“We wanted to do something fun at the center to invite students that maybe wouldn’t normally come in.
” While the center’s biggest goal is to spread literacy, they also want more students to know about the services they offer and the help that’s available to them.
“I think a lot of time’s students are afraid of asking for help and kind of just stay silent and they keep doing what they are doing.
We have an amazing staff of tutors that are there to help a student at any level,” said Ramirez.
Besides helping you with your writing the center also has free literature available at their “take a book, leave a book library.”
Here students get the chance to expand their literary horizons by sharing books.
Just as the name implies once you finish reading a book, students can grab a new one, as long as they leave their book for someone else to enjoy.
In order to participate in the writing contest your horror themed story must be no more than 1,000 words.
Send your submissions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to contact the writing center at (915)831-2042 or visit them in room A1425.