The University Writing Committee partnered with Coffee House to host an open-mic competition in honor of the National Day of Writing on Monday, Oct. 23.
The competition included original poems, short stories, YouTube videos, comedy and songs. A panel of judges looked for originality, content, form, style and overall presentation. There were $75 cash prizes for those who met the requirements in their respective category.
This is the first year the University Writing Committee has partnered with Coffee House, and it has been quite a success. Student participation has increased, as well as audience size.
“The point of this event is to ask people why we create, to talk and share the joy of writing, and the joy of language,” said English professor Sherrin Frances, a board member of University Writing Community.
Coffee House with Program Board events occur every other Monday during the fall and winter semesters.
“I’ve walked by the TSAR and seen this event and always wanted to check it out,” said fourth-year international business major Emily Farrar. “It’s a nice environment for all students to come and hang out, do homework, and listen to the speakers while enjoying coffee or hot chocolate.”
Second-year international studies major Gwen Allen was one of the participants who sang a song of her own composition.
“I’ve been a regular at these Coffee House events,” Allen said. “I love songwriting and I’ve been performing my songs for a while, I’ve been in theatre since 4th grade … This is a good program because people can get up and do whatever they want and receive feedback and praise from the audience.”