Now in its 16th edition, the student writing anthology Starting Lines has long been a staple of Writing 1 and 2 courses. Featuring essays by UCSB students, it has provided the highest quality readings for countless classes. On Friday, October 6, the Writing Program celebrated the release of the latest edition with an event held in the McCune Conference Room. A large group of students, faculty, and family gathered to hear writing, receive awards, and see the latest edition of the anthology.
Hosted by Starting Lines editors Chris Dean and Ilene Miele, the celebration featured student and faculty speakers. Dean John Majewski addressed the audience, highlighting the importance of Writing Program courses and Starting Lines itself, letting the audience know that he reads the anthology for pleasure after particular busy or stressful days. His words of encouragement led directly into student readers, who shared their published pieces: Xiyuan (Yuan) Zhang and Danielle Arauzo from Writing 1 and Kevin Nguyen from Writing 2.
Following the readings, the editors distributed copies of the latest edition to each of the published authors, each receiving resounding applause from the audience. As the event closed, authors mingled with faculty, all knowing the work will soon be in the hands of students in current writing classes.
The next Starting Lines event will be held on November 30 at noon, where more student writers will share their work in a reading. Taking place at the Art, Design & Architecture Museum, the reading will feature four readers and a question and answer session. For more information about Starting Lines, please see its web site at www.startinglinesmagazine.com .