Published Students

Tip of the hat to these published writers. Will you be next?
  • I arranged for two ENG 103: Writing About Place classes, Spring 2015, to create responses to: “What makes Orange County home?” and “What unites the people of Orange County” for the Pacific Symphony. The symphony commissioned internationally known composer Narong Prangcharoen to write a symphonic anthem for Orange County. Prangcharoen visited the classes and listened to students read from their work before incorporating their words into the vocal element of the composition. Students attended the premier on Oct. 4, 2015 and read aloud from their work.
  • Megan Chovanec published at Zócalo Public Square, January 26, 2015.
    “My Grandmother’s Los Altos Garage Launched a Tech Revolution”
    This essay is a revision of the ENG 103, Writing About Place, “Where I Go” project. You can also ogle the story on Slate or Time where it ran after appearing at Zócalo Public Square
  • Tyler Spicer published at Zócalo Public Square, January 10, 2015.
    “A Nuclear Warhead in Suburban Orange County?”
    This essay is a revision of the ENG 103, Writing About Place, “Where I Go” project. The Orange County Register also picked up the story under the title, “Student finds peace at former missile base.”
  • K. B. Jenny Kim published an opinion piece in The Panther, September 15, 2014.
    “Personal & Political: The multicultural center issue
  • Michael Boone published in dirtcakes, online edition, September 7, 2012
    “A Conversation with Reverend Nancy Brink”
    This interview is a revision of the Interview Assignment from ENG 208, Composing Self.
  • Veronica Gomez, class of 2010, published in the LA Times December, 2011.,0,7124903.story
    This piece was a collage of Veronica Gomez’s portfolio of semester assignments for ENG 208, “Composing Self.” Can you find elements of a Personal Essay, Research, and Field Observation in here?  She submitted the essay to the LA Times at the end of  Spring Semester 2011, as part of her final requirement, and the editor sat on it for a year, but it finally got published.
  • Ariel Roth published in Wilkinson Review, Fall 2010.
    “Creativity is the Solution”
    This article is an expansion of  Ariel Roth’s Research and Immersion projects assigned for ENG 103, Writing Creative Nonfiction.
  • Jenna Smith published in New Comm Ave., a national journal dedicated to publishing undergraduate writing.
    “241 South”
    This essay is a revision of the Personal Story Assignment from ENG 103, Writing Creative Nonfiction.  After Jenna’s piece appeared in New Comm Ave., the librarian at her alma mater, Tesoro High School in Las Flores, CA, bought several copies of the journal and invited Jenna to speak about the issue of date violence.

I’d be remiss to not also give a shout out to:

None of these students fancied themselves as writers.  They showed up with, “I need this for a GE credit,” as the reason for taking a Written Inquiry class. Where will you unleash your writer?

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