Winners read alongside award-winning novelists visiting SNC for MFA program
By Tanya Canino
As a 6-year-old child, Jenny Jung randomly scribbled words on walls, her skin and even on her sleeping father, but in high school, she arranged those words to win first place in the 2013 Sierra Nevada College High School Writing Competition and a chance to read alongside well-known, published authors.
Sierra Nevada College hosted three of the 12 high school competition winners in early January, recognizing them Jan. 10 during the final night of the Incline Village, Nev. college’s low residency, MFA program in creative writing.
With Josh Weil, the author of the highly-acclaimed novella collection, “The New Valley,” sitting in a full audience of writers, MFA students and published faculty, Jung, a junior from Andover, Mass., read “Reality on a Friday Night,” which earned first-place in the creative nonfiction category.
By Bryce Bullins
As part of the BFA in Creative Writing at SNC, students take a course entitled “Professional Practices” in their senior year. According to the Sierra Nevada College 2013 – 2014 catalog, Professional Practices “focuses on a culminating review and portfolio of all work in the field during the junior and senior years. [This includes] publication of the student’s original writing, editorial work on college or other publications, participation in readings, literary events, conferences, field trips, internships, tutoring and other types of direct experience.” In addition, there is a segment in the class regarding research into job markets.
Marcela DeLira Astorga
Recent BFA graduate Marcela DeLira Astorga has found great success thanks in a large part to Professional Practices. In her research, she found a job which suited her taste and her interest perfectly. Thanks to her expansive portfolio she created and the fine tuning it received in Professional Practices, Marcela now has her job.
“I finally got the job with the Truckee Unified District. I am officially the Bilingual Translator-Interpreter for the district. I am working at the district office twice a week and three times a week in Tahoe City,” Marcela said.
Congratulations to Marcela!