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Barbara Green, Assistant Academic Chair—Composition/WAC
What does this internal Kaplan University
festival have to do with students and Kaplan University’s programs of study,
one might ask? Like many students, many
faculty and staff also find it refreshing and reinvigorating to engage in
activities outside the day-to-day work routine. Writing and creativity outside of their passion for teaching and working
with students can bring a renewed inspiration about, and engagement in, writing
that can’t help but spill into the classroom and into their love of
By participating in activities
like the literary journal and festival, faculty bring their excitement to the
classroom, and excitement in a classroom, more often than not, yields
inspiration in students about writing whether its writing for a composition or
science class. That inspiration can also
hold benefits for students who may learn that writing isn’t limited to course
work, but rather, that writing is all around us and can be used to be creative,
successfully apply for a job or promotion, or even as a catalyst for personal
writing that can take many different shapes and purposes.
For many, August means the smell of freshly
sharpened pencils, new backpacks and messenger bags anxiously awaiting books to
hold, and glimmering computers ready for use.
August is back-to-school time.
However, for Kaplan University faculty and staff, August brings with it a
unique, creative, and literary excitement.
August is the month in which the School of General Education’s
Composition/WAC Department hosts its annual Virtual Literary Festival.
From its inception, the festival’s main
purpose was to celebrate faculty and staff from all over Kaplan University who
had their fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and or photography published in either
of the bi-annual issues of Capstone,
Kaplan University’s internal literary journal, for the year. The festival puts the spotlight on Capstone artists by holding readings in
which authors/artists share their work, discuss their writing process,
inspirations, psychology behind the work, etc., and answer questions from an
audience of very interested and enthusiastic colleagues from all areas of the
This year, the festival will be celebrating
its fifth year, and during its five-year run, the festival has grown significantly.
Now, in addition to honoring Capstone
artists, the festival also features 50-minute workshops in fiction, creative
nonfiction, poetry, and photography by the reviewers of Capstone submissions. In addition, the festival also presents
mini-workshops in specific areas of creative writing such as past workshops in
horror writing, editing, and revision, haiku, blogging, National Novel Writing
Month, and more. Lastly, for the third year, the festival will also be offering
short literature themed presentations from faculty and staff. This year’s theme is “monsters and madmen” in
literature and should prove to be exciting, illuminating, and hopefully, a
So this August, Kaplan University students,
faculty, and staff are invited to come to the 2016 Virtual Literary Festival on
August 23 and 24 from 11:00 am–7:00 pm ET, pull up a chair, and take in some
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