Four students have been awarded for their creative nonfiction work in the Gillmer Kroehle Creative Nonfiction Contest.
Caitlin Adams ’14, a creative writing major from South Bloomfield, took first place for her work “Dissolution.”
“It deals with what happens when you learn a family secret that challenges the way you think, and how you view the people you love the most,” she said.
Jen Hirt ’97, author of the memoir “Under Glass: The Girl with a Thousand Christmas Trees,” judged the contest, and praised Adams’ work.
“Each time I read this piece, I kept admiring the way the author layered the essay with description, dialogue, definitions, tension and smart literary references,” Hirt said. “The transitions between sections were also spot-on in this startling tale of a what-are-the-chances family secret revealed one night when revelations where the last thing on anyone’s mind. And while the secret may have led the writer to many different reactions, the limited focus of this essay reveals a keen sense of what creative nonfiction can do. It should not tell us everything, but rather, enough. Sparse language did the trick here.”
Other students recognized included the following:
- 2nd place: “Going Towards” by Alys Dutton ’15, creative writing major from Park Ridge, Ill.
- 3rd place: “Like it never even happened” by Mason Yeater ’14, creative writing major from Kinsman, Ohio
- Honorable Mention: “Oh, the Land!” by Nick Sawatsky ’14, creative writing major from Middleburg Heights
Adams praised professors Joyce Dyer and Mary Quade for their support.
“I definitely wouldn’t have been able to win this if it wasn’t for all of the help and tough love I got from them,” she said.
The Lindsay-Crane Center for Writing and Literature holds several contests throughout the academic year for student writers. The Gillmer Kroehle Creative Nonfiction Contest is supported by the Gillmer Kroehle Foundation.
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