Countdown to the 2023 Student Writing Celebration

By Zaida Martin | Executive Editor

Experiential learning is at the core of Delaware Valley University’s values.

That’s why since its beginning in 2008, the Student Writing Celebration has provided a fun, safe, and collegial environment for students to share their work – and a chance to win cash prizes.

Professor of English Dr. Michael Stamps brought the conference to fruition when he first began teaching at DelVal.

“The spirit of it is basically an opportunity to bring students together to share their writing that they’re done during or outside of class” he said.

He went on to explain that often, undergraduate students are not given an opportunity to showcase their work until further on in higher education with master’s or doctorate degrees.

The 2023 Student Writing Celebration will be held on Tuesday, Nov 14. It is open to all students in both undergraduate and further education programs of all majors. Students can submit a variety of critical or creative writing like essays, personal narratives, 100-word memoirs, poetry, short fiction, etc.

After the initial welcome session, students will be split into panels based on genre and form. There, works will be read aloud to an intimate audience followed by a conversational style Q&A and feedback.

The night concludes with a closing session, announcing winners for all categories and distribution of prizes. Food and refreshments are provided for all participants and guests.

“It’s one of those things that brings together a campus like ours,” said Stamps.

If you are interested in being a part of this celebration, submissions are open until Friday, Nov. 10. Please visit this submission form to send in your work, and keep an eye out for any email updates!

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