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Writers & Their Regions Class Presents New Work

The Center for Creative Work invites the community to see and hear new work by the Writers & Their Regions class of 2010 at their end-of-semester presentation on Friday, May 7, 2010. The presentation will begin at noon in the Honors Commons, and feature readings of fiction and poetry as well as a display of visual art.

American Sign Language Interpreting major and visual artist Alaina Vercher plans to present a series of paintings and ink washes exploring the "never ending heat of Texas." Her display will include images of Houston and Concan, Texas, where the class spent Spring Break. "The heat in West Texas is dry and fiery and hot, and the heat that’s in Houston is in you, around you, smothering you. Big Difference," she says. 

Media Production student Brittany Holland will share her film-in-progress, a work focusing on loss of innocence and the blurred lines between right and wrong. Holland says her project was inspired by one of the class readings, the novel Rockspring by R.G. Vliet, and her spring break visit to the Frio River. Guests will see early stages of the project—the script, storyboard, or early footage. 

Writers & Their Regions is the Center for Creative Work’s signature course. It features seminar-style class meetings and a week-long artists’ retreat that gives students and faculty time to focus on their creative projects. English Literature major Ana Castillo says, "This was an incredible learning experience. From strengthening my writing and prose to building fires with Dean Monroe in Concan, Texas, this class has really broadened my perspective in literature." The course is offered each spring to upperclassmen dedicated to honing their craft and developing a specific creative project over the semester. On May 7, the students will present their work to The Honors College, the University, and the wider Houston community.