Ten students from Dr. Gregory Roper’s Creative Non-Fiction class read samples of their written work to an audience of approximately 20 students and two faculty members last Friday, Dec. 2, at Gorman Faculty Lounge.
Julie Rodgers, who is pursuing an M.A. in English at University of Dallas, presented first. She narrated a story of her work with inner-city children in West Dallas, a story she hopes to turn into a book in the future.
Other genres followed after Rodgers’ reading. Students embarked on writing styles ranging from personal narrative and lyrical meditation to new journalism and playful comic series.
Students wrote pieces on the usefulness of drinking cups, the unique behavior of people during holidays, childhood memories, the difficulties of actually doing work inside UD’s Cap Bar, prayer outside the abortion clinic, an experience of Christmas Eve Mass, and research on aid for the African continent.
“It’s been a marvelous event,” Roper said about the public reading. “I wanted them to have a chance to read their works publicly.”
He added that the students who participated in the class are “an enormously talented group, and I’ve just had a blast being with them.”
Two students from the class have already published their writings in newspapers and Roper encouraged the remaining students to continue to send their work to publications, saying that it has the quality to be published in places such as “Harper’s Magazine.”
The current school semester was the first one for Roper’s Creative Non-Fiction class, though creative fiction and poetry classes have been offered in the past.
The Creative Non-Fiction class explored different genres, such as new journalism, memoirs and the essay. Roper said he hopes the creative writing classes at UD keep growing.
“There are so many talented writers in this campus,” Roper said about the potential here. “We just want to feed that.”