The Writing Center’s Halloween Party and Open House

by Abby Ponder

Happy (belated) Halloween and Happy (almost) Thanksgiving, folks!

It is officially November now, and that means we’re beginning to enter the season of final research papers and looming projects. But it’s still early November, so don’t sweat just yet. (Though maybe start looking at those assignments now instead of later…)

However, before we move full-force into November, let’s first take a look back on our final days of October. Or, more aptly put, Halloween!

As you all might’ve known, the WKU Writing Center hosted its first Costume Contest and Open House on Halloween this year. The festivities were open to all who were interested in attending, and we had an excellent turnout!

This photo and all the ones following it are courtesy of Jacky Killian.
Our costume contest included a variety of fantastic costumes that ranged from the elusive Carmen San Diego to a dead priest. The sky was the limit for these party-goers!
Callie Compton as Carmen San Diego, here to bring your childhood front and center.
Zach Puckett as Roxas from Kingdom Hearts.
Lauren Witty as the Ram Zodiac from Fairy Tail.
Sol Govin as the devil herself!
Sasha Hardin as Misa from Death Note.
Travis Lewis as a dead priest.
Chris Nealis as a stop sign, with his trusty dog… who pees on the stop sign.
Our photographer, Jacky Killian, as Link from Legend of Zelda.
Brittany Moster, one of our very own tutors, as the fabulous Hermione Granger.
Marissa Tompkins as our second, but equally fabulous, Hermione Granger.
Dori Norman as the face of the rebellion, Miss Katniss Everdeen.
Brianna Stewart and Andi Nealis (your wonderful coordinator of the day’s festivities) as the in-conquerable Dynamic Duo.

The judging panel was composed of Dr. Jane Fife, Megan Siers, and myself. We definitely had our work cut out for us when it was time to pick our winners! Though we had winners in various categories, first place overall went to Jacky Killian (Link), second place to Callie Compton (Carmen San Diego), and third place to Dori Norman (Katniss Everdeen).

In addition to the costume contest, we also had a Two-Sentence Horror Story contest. First and second place went to Andi Nealis and Brittany Moster respectively!

Overall, the Writing Center’s Costume Contest was an overwhelming success. For more pictures of the festivities, be sure to check out our album on Facebook (and maybe give us a “like” while you’re there)!

Above all else, we hope you all had a wonderful (and safe) Halloween! Feel free to share your own costume designs in the comments section, or tell us what you hope to do next Halloween. (Stopping by the 2015 Costume Contest better be on your agenda, too!)

And, as always, don’t forget that as we move into this admittedly stressful season, the Writing Center is here to help! You can start by scheduling an appointment by clicking here and selecting a time that works well for you. We are also available for drop-in appointments, but those function under a first come, first serve basis.

Happy Writing!

This post was originally published on November 4, 2014.

Valentine’s day

Valentine’s Day is tomorrow, and whether you love the love or take a more cynical approach to the holiday, you cannot deny that it is an important part of our culture.

Before Valentine’s Day became quite the commercial success it is today, it was very popular–and expected–to create hand-written sentiments, cards, or letters for your loved one(s). Today, it is leass common, so stick out to your valentine and do something unexpected–make a hand-written card.

When trying to come up with an original valentine, it can be easy to fall into the cliches of “roses are red, violets are blue.” You can stay away from this by creating an original rhyme of your own or by expressing a specific reason you love or care about the recipient: “I love the way you are obsessed with Harry Potter” or “Your laugh when you’re embarrassed is what first drew me to you.” The more specific the better. Show your loved one that you really pay attention to what makes them who they are.

After you create a rough draft of your valentine, show it around to some of your friends and get feedback. Does this sound too cheesy? Does this sound too cliche? Getting feedback on your work can give you a sense of how your loved one will react to their card, while also giving you the benefit of an extra pair of eyes to catch any mistakes.

Editing and revision are very important elements in any part of writing, but especially in a love letter or card. If you leave an obvious grammatical error in such a personal piece of writing, it can give the impression that you don’t care enough about the card’s recipient to edit and look over your work. On the other hand, by editing and revising your card–no matter how short–you prove that you are willing to spend the extra time on making sure your gift is perfect for you loved one.

After editing, create the final version of your card or letter and give it to your loved one. They will more than appreciate the thought, time, and effort put into your gift.

Have a lovely Valentine’s Day, everyone.

–Sarah

This post was originally published on February 13, 2014.