Archive for February, 2011

Writing Scholarships for Vocational/Technical Students

Friday, February 18th, 2011

A Day in the Life of a . . .

Write an essay, win a scholarship.

Write an essay in 800 words or less describing a day in the life of an individual in the field or discipline you are pursuing. You may write your essay from your own personal experience if you are already working in your field. If not, you can job shadow or interview someone in the discipline you are studying. Through the use of interesting and specific details, illustrate the average duties and work setting(s) of someone in your discipline and bring knowledge and appreciation to those interested in, as well as those not familiar with, your field of work. At the same time, your essay should discuss how this experience helped you better understand and/or connect to your desired field.

Submission Guidelines

Each student may submit one essay.  The student must be a Vocational/Technical student to be eligible to participate.

Essays should be submitted to Katherine McEwen in NA 321 or via email to:

Prizes:  1st place–$150       2nd place — $100       3rd place — $50

Submission Due Date: March 31st, 2011

Lunch with an Author

Wednesday, February 9th, 2011

Featuring Authors from Across the State

February 17, 11:30-1:30 , CFCC  McKeithan Center, CFCC North Campus 4500 Blue Clay Road

Keynote Speaker:  Jody Lynn Smith, author of Talk a Different Game at Work

Includes lunch and proceeds benefit Cape Fear Foundation

Attending Authors:

Anthony Atkinson, Michelle Boyajian, Wanda Canada, Nancy A. Collins, Nan Graham, Ann Ipock, James J. Kaufman, Celia Rivenbark, and Bertha Boykin Todd

Tickets are on sale and can be picked up at the McColl & Associates Office. Email Jenna Curry if you would like to reserve a ticket.

The Writer’s Roundtable 2010-2011 Series

Thursday, February 3rd, 2011

Cape Fear Community College Writer’s Roundtable Series

Funded by the generous contribution of Louise McColl

Free Writing Workshops         Open to the Public      First 15 participants will be registered.


Workshop 3  February 12, 11-1:30 Room S-302 McLeod Building 411 Front Street

Forms of Free Verse: Momentum Poetry is a free workshop that will focus on various approaches to what poet Barbara Anderson terms the Momentum Poem, a spontaneous poetic “form” infused with speed, vertigo, chaos, and suspense. Participants will also view and discuss momentum in the visual arts.

Facilitator Jada Ach, a poet and full time faculty member in the English Department at CFCC. Her work has appeared in Barnwood Press Magazine, MT Cup Review, Ink & Ashes: A Journal of the Senses, and Talon Magazine. In 2010 her poem “To Whom It May Concern” was made into a short film and presented as part of the Arts Poetica III Poetry Festival.

Workshop 4   March 19,  11-1:30 Room S-302  Mcleod Building  411 N. Front Street

He Said/She Said: How Dialogue in Fiction Advances Story

Dialogue is a vital tool in the process of storytelling. When characters speak to each other, they reveal not only basic plot, but the intricacies of human conflict, the difficulties inherent in relationships, and who they are in their best and worst moments.The workshop will cover how characters expose themselves and the elements of fiction through what they say to each other, and sometimes what they refuse to say to each other.

Facilitator  Michelle (Mel) Boyajian holds a BFA in dramatic writing from NYU, an MA in English and Creative Writing from Miami University, and an MFA from UNCW, where she has taught in the Creative Writing and English departments. Her short stories have appeared in Third Coast and Timber Creek Review, and were nominated for the Pushcart Prize. Her first novel, Lies of the Heart, was published by Viking Press in April 2010. For more information log onto