Small crowd, big words

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The low number of participants did not stop the Writing Center’s Write Out Loud from lacking content. 

Rather than the planned reading series, where participants sign up for time slots, write their material and give readings to the audience, the whole audience participated. 

The overarching theme “how to make a home” was brought to life by poetic challenges such as haikus, tweet writing, team writing and blackout poetry. 

Participants had more fun than they expected, even though they did not plan on writing. 

Freshman Samuel Province just happened to be in Lakeside Coffee Shop at the time of the event. 

“I thought it was a really fun way to get people to write,” Province said. 

Junior Sheila Murphy also was not expecting to participate in the event. 

“I was there because I work for Events so I was supposed to set up the microphone and everything,” Murphy said. “But I didn't go to actually participate or watch.”

Writing Center staff member Foster Collins III was optimistic about the event.

“I thought it was a great event,” Collins said. “I really enjoyed the free writing and had a great time myself.”

An email was sent to students on the morning of the event and posters were posted on campus. 

Province, Murphey and other students did not feel that there was enough advertising for this event for it to go as planned. 

Despite low numbers, the Writing Center achieved its goal - it got people writing. 

Goodie bags were given to the winners of each category of writing and laughs carried on through the hour-long event.  

Collins sees the Write Out Louds successful regardless of attendance.

“Not every Write Out Loud can be a smash hit,” Collins said. “I'm just glad we have the opportunity to create a space for open and free expression.”