Holiday Island Writers Guild funds first student Community Writing Program scholarship

Friday, February 22, 2013
Allan Gammill and writing teacher Mike Hancock. Photo submitted

Allan Gammill attended the Feb. 16 workshop of the WCDH Community Writing Program, as the first recipient of the scholarships provided to high school students by the Holiday Island Writers' Guild.

Allan, whose interests are in math and science, originally thought he just wanted to learn to write better for school essays and tests. By the end of the day, he expressed enthusiasm for creative writing.

"I thought the workshop was an eye opener. I learned that an idea can become something more than just an idea, that I can create stories from my ideas and experiences," said the 15-year-old sophomore from Eureka Springs High School.

Allan is inspired to write about his grandparents, Mexican immigrants, and about his own experience of living both in their culture and his own, very modern, American one.

The adults present were impressed by the articulate way Allan enthusiastically and proudly told about his family and the stories he saw there.

Allan plans to attend the next Community Writing Program on Saturday March 16 at Holiday Island.

"This was wonderful! I really appreciate everybody here," he said.

The mission of the WCDH Community Writing Program is to help area writers take the next step--or the first step. The next workshop will be held on March 16 and again on March 19. It will cover Characters, Setting, and Dialogue. For more information contact or 479 292-3665.

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