Stephens College will be well represented at the Sigma Tau Delta Convention in Savannah, Ga., later this month.
Professor Judith Clark will serve as a faculty moderator for three sessions at the national English honor society event, scheduled for Feb. 26-March 1.
And four English/Creative Writing majors have been invited to read their works at the conference. Maggie Myers, Amber Surdam and Alexi Scharbach will make the trip; Arianne Kobler was invited but will not attend.
Scharbach, who will read a non-fiction piece, said she’s excited but a little nervous knowing she’ll be reading in front of the top English/Creative Writing students from across the globe. She did get experience, though, last year at the society’s convention in Portland.
Surdam will read her short story about a struggling marriage. What makes the piece unique is that both sides are told through first-person narrative.
“I’ve been practicing reading to myself in my room,” Surdam said.
Myers will read her collection of poetry and is most excited about sharing her poem about a dream.
“I’d never submitted before, so I was really excited when I found out over Christmas break” that her work had been selected.
The students agreed that studying English/Creative Writing at Stephens is unique because of the faculty.
“I looked at a lot of colleges,” Myers said. “The teachers here were really amazing. They’re so caring.”
Scharbach agreed, adding that professors also publish, edit and work on other external projects.
“They have so much experience,” she said. “They’re always working.”
While at the Sigma Tau Delta Convention, Stephens representatives will also accept the Literary Journal of the Year Award for the 2013 edition of Harbinger.
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