|Virginia Taynor (left) receives a certificate from OU-C Dean Martin Tuck|
By OU-C public relations student employee Cara Truesdell
Non-traditional student Virginia Taynor won the Ohio University- Chillicothe Spring 2012 Writing Contest by submitting a work she had composed for a poetry reading at OU-C.
Encouragement from both family and faculty members played a part in her contest entry. “This was the first time that I had shared my work with anyone other than Professor Pam Kraft,” Taynor said. The lack of experience did not discourage Taynor, as she saw themes of inspiration pertaining to a rocking chair in both the contest and her own piece, “As I Ponder …”
“That concept is that we all end up in a rocking chair, per se. Writing helps me see things from a different perspective and provides an outlet for me,” Taynor said. Taynor hopes to explore the endless possibilities associated with creative writing, she added.
At age 51, the Chillicothe resident was able to reflect on her own experiences as a basis for her winning poem. Taynor, a social work major, said that she realizes she has a lot of living left to do, and this realization prompted her to think of life’s journeys. She was then able to reflect on her own experiences as a basis for her poem.
For the fall semester writing contest, unique pieces are being sought that capture the theme, “Tell this story.” Entries must be less than 1,200 words and be connected to the writing contest theme while demonstrating creativity, originality and thoughtfulness. Three different options are given that can lead to three very different stories. Entries will be accepted in the Student Success Center, located in Quinn Library, until 4 p.m. on Nov. 30. First prize is a $75 gift card.
For more information, contact the Student Success Center at (740) 774-7779.
The writing contest is intended to encourage creative writing by Chillicothe Campus students. “We want to encourage student writing and offer students a venue to share their work, said Cortney VonLoh, a Success Center student writing tutor. “We are looking to provide encouragement and initiative for students to express themselves creatively.
When asked where this year’s inspiration came from, VonLoh said, “I chose these specific images because I feel they would inspire some very interesting writing by giving students some direction without stifling any creativity.”