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“picture this,” a great success

Tuesday we had our “PictureThis” event where creative writing students from both poetry and fiction classes PictureThis Program Cover The cover of the PictureThis Program for Spring 2009 Program Covercame together to read their work for an audience of about eighty people–fellow students, family members, teachers, and friends. They read in response to photographs (most taken by the students themselves) and in response to “obstructions” given them during their revision process. I’ve been playing with this notion of obstructed revision for a while now. This time, though, we combined with our poet peers and used the photographs as our starting point. The reading was a great experience and the crowd was much larger than expected. (We should have ordered more than one plate of cookies, that’s for sure.) Students got dressed up, they stood before the audience, and they read their work with pride, conviction, and good humor. It was truly great to see. I think everybody felt good at the end of the night. If only we had more cookies, though…

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