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Annual Writer’s Eye Competition & Visit to Fralin Museum


KKW_6055Mr. Jay Kauffmann’s Creative Writing class recently took a field trip to The Fralin Museum of Art at the University of Virginia to participate in the museum’s annual Creative Writing competition. Now in its 29th year, Writer’s Eye is The Fralin’s annual literary competition that challenges writers of all ages, from 3rd grade through adults, to use visual art as inspiration for the creation of original poetry and prose. Students first toured the museum led by a knowledgeable docent who guides them through the artworks that are this year’s inspiration; sharing the history of each piece with the group, as well as its cultural significance, effectively drawing the students into discussion. Each student then chooses a work of art from the collection to write about. The judges for the High School and University/Adult categories are well-known writers from central Virginia. Winners are honored at an annual ceremony in the spring, and first, second, and third-place winning entries are published in the Writer’s Eye anthology. Our students came away feeling inspired and ambitious. They later visited the quarters where Edgar Allen Poe lived on the UVa campus and a section of the Berlin Wall installation, finishing the trip with a rare off-campus lunch. We look forward to the resulting literary works to come.














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