The University of Evansville's Department of Creative Writing is proud to announce that it has received a $21,000 grant from the 2011 Ball Brothers Foundation Venture Fund competition to launch its new Student Writers of Indiana program this fall. Of the five 2011 Ball Brothers Foundation Venture Fund grants awarded to Indiana colleges and universities, the University of Evansville¹s was the largest.
Student Writers of Indiana is an innovative program that will enable the University to share its creative writing expertise with middle and high school students locally and statewide.
³Creative writing has a profound impact on the middle school and high school learning experiences, and addresses multiple Indiana Department of Education Academic Standards for reading, writing, listening, and speaking,² said project director Rob Griffith, UE associate professor of creative writing.
³We are delighted to have this opportunity to work in collaboration with community partners to provide this essential education for younger students.²
³Our program will offer exciting ways for these students to improve vocabulary, critical analysis skills, and reading comprehension,² added co-director Margaret McMullan, UE professor of creative writing. ³Poetry¹s brevity and its association with song lyrics make it a very appealing form of creative expression for adolescents.²
Student Writers of Indiana will send trained UE creative writing students, known as ³teaching fellows,² into local middle and high schools to teach this art form and generate interest in language arts. In its first year, the program is expected to serve an estimated 1,200 students in grades 6-12.
The program also will host an annual statewide creative writing competition for high school students that will culminate with a creative writing conference for contest winners on the UE campus. Cash prizes will be awarded.
In addition, UE teaching fellows will publish an annual anthology showcasing their students¹ best poems and short stories along with winning contest submissions from high school students across the state.
The grant comes on the heels of last week¹s announcement that the University of Evansville has formed a new Department of Creative Writing to house the Bachelor of Arts in Writing and Bachelor of Fine Arts in Creative Writing degree programs.
The University of Evansville wishes to thank the Ball Brothers Foundation Venture Fund for its generous support of Student Writers of Indiana. The program is among five programs that were awarded grants in the 2011 Ball Brothers Foundation Venture Fund competition. The Ball Brothers Foundation Venture Fund, administered by the Independent Colleges of Indiana (ICI), provides seed money for innovative start-up programs at ICI member institutions.