Guest Opinion: Last Call for Wingspan — Student encourages writers to seek publishing

Submissions must come in before midnight tonight for writers and artists who want to be published in Wingspan. Guest writer Tia Laury from the Prosper Career Independent Study program class gave her opinion on the project by encouraging writers to submit. She also gives her take on the creative writing club, which meets at the school.

Submissions must come in before midnight tonight for writers and artists who want to be published in Wingspan. Guest writer Tia Laury from the Prosper Career Independent Study program class gave her opinion on the project by encouraging writers to submit. She also gives her take on the creative writing club, which meets at the school.

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Students who have a passion for writing and want to get their work published have opportunities to do so. The most immediate one is with the Wingspan literary journal. All pieces must reach the submission portal by 11:59 p.m. Friday, though.

Here’s a quick look at the information:

  • The submission deadline is Feb. 12 for both writing and art.
  • Submit to Google Classroom (Code: byoue3n)
  • While it is open to students at both of the district high schools, Cassie Rutledge, who teaches the creative writing class at Prosper High School, will receive all submissions.

In addition to Wingspan, a creative writing group, led by teacher Shawna McCartney-Day, provides a footprint for young student writers to grow. It allows enthusiastic student writers from Prosper and Rockhill High School to get together to exchange ideas, get feedback and inspiration. Students meet every Tuesday from 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. in person in Room 1247 at Prosper, as well as virtually due to COVID-19.

The Creative Writing Club welcomes newcomers frequently, and anyone can join a meeting. The club is primarily student-led where the students are the prime contributors in getting work published, reading, and creating pieces.

According to junior Creative Writing Club president Kaitlyn Schnieder, the club and the opportunity to publish in Wingspan allow writers to obtain depth to their skillset.

“It serves as a good learning experience for students to enhance their abilities as a writer,” Schneider said.

Work selected by the creative writing class to be published by Wingspan will be published in the second edition. The first published last year.

Senior Maddie Curtis said writers should work on pieces they like.

“If you are engaged, your reader will be engaged,” Curtis said.

Once published, copies of Wingspan will be available at the district’s My School Buck’s site.

Here’s information about the reporter for this guest submission: Tia Laury, a senior member of the Prosper Career Independent Study program, said she found her passion for journalism during the PCIS course, which is led by Tiffany Ballard. Laury intends to become an author and further her journalistic career in college.