|Writing contest winner Kimberly Ackison (left) receives a certificate |
from OU-C Dean Donna Burgraff
In “Addiction,” Ackison uses sensory details to pull readers into a heart-wrenching piece about how her mother’s arduous alcohol addiction has strained their relationship.
“I originally wrote “Addiction” for a descriptive essay assignment in my English 151 class. I wanted my essay to be a vivid description of the sizable impact an addiction can have on one’s family, and even though it was very personal, I like to have an emotional impact when I write. It also helped me to share my story with others, rather than holding it in. I feel like “Addiction” is a story that a lot of people can relate to,” said Ackison.
Ackison’s essay was selected as the winner of the 2011 OU-C Winter Writing Center Contest, themed “Snapshot Prose and Poetry.”
“We thought this theme would give campus writers an opportunity to express themselves and their ideas through both photography and prose/poetry,” said Writing Center Coordinator, Deb Nickles. “Quite a few of instructors on campus assign writing that makes such connections, so we were hoping to stir up some interest between the two artistic genres,” she continued.
Ackison begins her story’s second paragraph stating, “There are two photos in her home that stand in stark contrast to her present reality, but speak of the promise her life once held.” Ackison submitted one of these photos, a picture of her mother on her wedding day, along with her essay when she entered the contest.
The “Snapshot Prose and Poetry” contest entries were rated by four OU-C professors, and “Addiction” took first place unanimously. Commenting on Ackison’s entry, Nickles said, “I believe that the essay's subject matter and imagery were most compelling. Kimberly is a very thoughtful writer.”
Ackison grew up near Ironton, Ohio, and is a graduate of Rock Hill High School. She is pursing a degree in nursing at OU-C, and hopes to use her experience of dealing with her mother’s addiction to help others in the future. Ackison is a mother of two, and enjoys writing and gardening in her free time.
Students are encouraged to creatively experiment with their travel narratives and poetry in the 2011 Spring Writing Center Contest: Travel Writing Home and Abroad. Entries are due to the Writing Center no later than 4 p.m. on June 3. All OU-C students are encouraged to apply.