"Telling Our Tales" Student Writing Competition


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Thomas Wolfe Memorial
52 N Market St, Asheville, NC 28801
Thomas Wolfe Memorial State Historic Site
sarah.lee@ncdcr.gov
828-253-8304
www.wolfememorial.com/
Apr 27, 2013
All Day

Is there a 21st century Thomas Wolfe in our midst?  The Thomas Wolfe Memorial is offering talented young writers the chance to share their works.  On April 27, the finalists in the “Telling Our Tales” Student Writing Competition will present their stories at a ceremony at the Wolfe Memorial.

In 1937 Thomas Wolfe interviewed his then 95 year old great uncle, John Westall, about the older fellow’s experience in the Civil War. Especially inspired by the aged veteran’s memories of the 1862 Battle of Chickamauga, Wolfe composed a fictional short story based on the account. Accordingly, “Chickamauga” became one of Wolfe’s most famous short narratives.

To commemorate the sesquicentennial of the Civil War, and Wolfe’s short story, the memorial is asking students in grades four through 12 to create a riveting historical tale.  The youth are encouraged to interview an elder and then craft a narrative inspired by the conversation.  This is a fantastic opportunity to foster inter-generational relationships, learn about earlier periods of the American past, and to exhibit imagination and writing skills.

First, second and third place winners in three age groups—grades 4-5, 6-8, and 9-12— will receive a cash prize and also present their stories on April 27.  All student narratives should be dropped off at Thomas Wolfe Memorial, 52 North Market Street, Asheville, NC, 28801, no later than April 13.  Submissions should be 500 to 1,000 words and should present a suspenseful, emotionally engaging and climatic tale based on the elder’s experiences.

For a list of complete guidelines and instructions, drop by the Thomas Wolfe Memorial, visit our website at www.wolfememorial.com , or give us a call at 828-253-8304.