Lubbock Christian University celebrated its 5th Annual Writing Carnival on Wednesday, Sept. 10.
Each year a popular book or book series is chosen as the central theme of the carnival, with this year’s theme being Shakespeare’s Star Wars. Past themes have included The Chronicles of Narnia, The Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter, and The Princess Bride.
This year’s event kicked off with a screening of the three original Star Wars Films followed by the annual 24-hour reading marathon. The events wrapped up with the Writing Carnival featuring free carnival style food and themed writing games.
While the event is still in its youth, LCU’s writing carnival has been a hit with students since its debut in 2009. The carnival was inspired by a presentation made by several professors from Lakeland Community College in Kirtland, Ohio, at the College English Association conference attended by several members of the LCU English faculty.
Assistant Professor Jana Anderson was at the forefront of the carnival’s start-up, but she wasn’t alone. With help from Dr. Susan Blassingame and Dr. Ronna Privett, Anderson was able to get Student Affairs on board with the event. Now, the University Writing Center, Student Affairs, the Provost, the Department of Humanities, and Dining Services work together to fund the event.
The Writing Carnival was created not only to form a sense of community between students, faculty, and staff, but to celebrate the art of writing itself, by making games out of writing forms such as Haiku and the 6 Word Story.
Anderson said that, “While writing isn’t easy, that doesn’t mean it can’t be fun. The carnival eases students into writing and draws on their abilities and communication skills.”
The theme of this year’s event also correlated with Lubbock Christian University’s Thinking Critically about Pop Culture initiative. Shakespeare’s Star Wars was chosen because students are both familiar with Star Wars and Shakespeare and their roles in popular culture.
Planning for future writing carnival events begins during the spring semester and continues throughout the summer months in order to hold the event at the beginning of every fall semester.