Archive for January, 2012

The 2011-2012 Developmental English Writing Contest

Tuesday, January 24th, 2012

Who?  This contest is open to all students enrolled in English 085 and/or English 095 in Fall 2011 and Spring 2012 semesters.

How?  Students will be required to read an assigned article and type a five paragraph essay that relates the article’s topic to one of the books read in English 085 or 095. Those books are In My Hands, The Things They Carried, The Education of Little Tree, The Color of Water, and The Glass Castle.

When? Entries will be taken from now until February 17, 2012.

Why?  Participating in extracurricular academic contests not only looks great on future applications and resumes, but you also have the chance to win a hefty award for your best work. 

First place- $300

Second place- $175

Third place- $150

All winners will also receive books for the next level of English.

Where? Get more information from Blythe Bennett in S203A or email

All developmental English teachers will also have information about the contest.

A Day in the Life of a…

Friday, January 13th, 2012

Scholarship Opportunity for Vocational/Technical Students

Write an essay; win an award.

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.

Please remember that you may take your essay to the Learning Lab for free English assistance. A tutor will be happy to look over your work and help you improve it.

Submission Due Date

February 17th, 2012
1st Place – $150
2nd Place – $100
3rd Place – $50


Submission guidelines

  • Each student may submit one essay.
  • Must be a Vocational/Technical student to be eligible to participate.
  • Previous winners are not eligible.

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

Upcoming Workshops for 2012

Monday, January 9th, 2012

Please let me know if you are interested in registering for either of the upcoming workshops. Seats are , as always, limited. Also, please let me know if you must cancel as we are closing registration and receiving many no shows. Again, workshops will be conducted on Saturdays from 11:00 to 1:30 with a short coffee break. Free to first 15 who sign up. Please send an email stating which workshop you would like, and if you receive a return email, you are registered!

As always, thanks for your continued interest in NC arts!

Feb. 25 Documentary Poetry with poet and teacher Lavonne Adams of UNCW.
MFA, UNCW 1999
MA, UNCW 1992
BA, UNCW 1986


Everyday Still Life (North Carolina Writers’ Network, 1999)
In the Shadow of the Mountain (North Carolina Writers’ Network, 2004)
Through the Glorieta Pass (Pearl Books, 2009)


Artist in Residence, Helene Wurlitzer Foundation, Taos, New Mexico, 2009
Fellowship, Vermont Studio Center, 2009
Artist in Residence, Harwood Museum of Art, University of New Mexico Taos, 2007
Winner of the 2007 Pearl Poetry Prize
Winner of the 2004 Randall Jarrell/Harperprints Poetry Chapbook Competition
The Eighth Persephone Poetry Book Publication Award, 1999

On Teaching
My primary teaching interest lies in the poetry writing workshop, which goes hand in hand with the study of contemporary poetry. Every student who writes should be aware of current trends in literature since we are each striving to be part of that conversation. I have a fascination with poetry based on historical topics, such as A. Van Jordan’s MacNolia, Natasha Trethewey’s Native Guard or Bellocq’s Ophelia, and Nicole Cooley’s The Afflicted Girls. Writers creating this type of poetry face a different set of challenges than those working with more directly personal poems. On the other hand, I have an ongoing interest in the history and current practice of confessional poetry, from the work of Robert Lowell and Anne Sexton, to that of Nancy Pearson and Nick Flynn. I believe that these diverse interests speak to that which is energizing about contemporary poetry: whatever your personal aesthetic, you won’t have to look hard to find compelling work that can provide both inspiration and sustenance for your artistic endeavors.

March 24 2012: Memory and Metaphor with Margo Williams who is a full time faculty member at CFCC. She holds an MFA from Emerson College and her publications include interviews, fiction, poetry, articles, drama, and memoir in Beacon Street Review, Glimmer Train, Southeast Review, Prick of the Spindle, and Frostwriting, Brown Coat Theatre, Thalian Hall, Behind the Scenes Magazine, Encore, and various textbooks. She is a 2009 Hambidge Artist in Residence, and will be an Artist in Residence this coming summer at Elsewhere Studios in Colorado where she will be working on a short story cycle. The March workshop requires that participants bring childhood photos of themselves, parents, grandparents, and/or small sentimental objects that are “one of a kind.”


Margo Williams