Writing Showcase

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Festival of Words Student Creative Writing Contest

Students in grades 3-12 from across the Acadiana-area are invited to participate in a writing contest sponsored by the National Writing Project of Acadiana and the Festival of Words.

Students can enter their original writing pieces into three writing categories: poetry, fiction, and creative non-fiction.

CLICK EACH STUDENT'S NAME TO WATCH THEIR READING! 

Shya Hebert

Nwp-a leadership team member megan breaux's daughter 

"mirror, Mirror"

Marriah fergurson 

IBP Alumni

 "The joyful heart of a friend"

Dr. toby daspit

NWP-a Emeritus Consultant

 

"Mother's secrets"

"Words For you" SERIES

Festival supporters were able to commission an original work by a favorite author!

Pieces were shared during a virtual performance on September 16, 2021 and were then given to patrons.

Summer 2021 Publishing Project:

"Epiphanies Everywhere: A multi-genre chronicling of lpss gear up"

LPSS teachers and student writers interviewed individuals who participated in GEAR UP events over the past seven years. Writers then used interview notes as inspiration to write creative pieces inspired by the interviews. Finalized pieces will be organized within a final book (title TBD) for publication.

Nikki Broussard

Acadiana High English Teacher

"Fruition"

The sun’s heat battles the fog of a recent shower.

The thunder looming in the distance warning of its return.

The whoosh of AC hits me with a jolt.

My footsteps echo in this quiet corridor,

my mouth suddenly dry,

my heartbeat quickens in my throat,

the beads of sweat drip down my back

encouraging my self-conscious soul.

I grip the cold metal handle.

The room is filled with the eager faces of students in their Senior year.

Their parents look at them,

all the hopes of a family dream weighing heavy in the air.

My hands tremble with anticipation and expectation.

I rush from table to table,

twirling back and forth,

bouncing from question to question.

If this were a ballet,

it would be called the deadline dance.

Can you feel what I’m saying? 

It’s the encouraging murmur of a parent who never went to college. 

It’s the ethereal glow of a room filled with possibility.

It’s my role to create fruition for futures.

KIRSI MICHAEL

FORMER GEAR UP STUDENT

 "NEW PERSPECTIVES"

 

Different styles and different people 

wide openings or narrow stretches

high school friends or college professors 

Constantly changing and always fluid.

A sea of inspiration to challenge me 

new perspectives foreign to my own

places I never considered 

McNeese or Tulane 

LA Tech or Northwestern 

people I may have never met

Kirsi or 

Sophie  

all given to me through GEAR UP. 

The pictures taken, 

the friendships created,

the lasting memories, 

all given to me through this program. 

I constantly remember these experiences

that allowed me to become a better person

that allowed me to experience the unknown. 

Megan lueck

Former gear up student

"their timely exertion"

Too many good people 

work behind the curtain

Rearranging and rebuilding 

when things are uncertain

They have gone unnoticed 

dismissed for far too long

When they are the reason 

students can become strong

So from all of us, 

          thank you.

CLICK EACH STUDENT'S NAME TO WATCH THEIR READING! 

DESTINY ZOE

LAFAYETTE HIGH SCHOOL SENIOR

"WHAT IS HOPE?"

HAILEY MENARD

COMEAUX HIGH SCHOOL SENIOR

 "TO THE GIRL IN THE OFFICE LOBBY"

AND

"I AM COMPOSED OF MEMORIES"

MC'KAILA MILLER

ACADIANA HIGH SCHOOL SENIOR

"SEED AND CROWN"

"PIECES OF HOPE" SERIES

FESTIVAL OF WORDS AND IMPROVING THE BLANK PAGE SPONSORED VIRTUAL OPEN MIC NIGHT

JANUARY 2, 2021