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Cedar Crest students gain literary insight

Caila Grigoletti

A & E Editor

On Thursday, November 7, three Cedar Crest writing majors drove the hour and a half to Widener University for the FUSE (Forum for Undergraduate Student Editors) writing conference. Three days of panels and workshops centered on the art of literary writing and storytelling. 

Check-in at Widener University started at 5:30 p.m., followed by a presentation from the key-note speaker, Nimisha Ladva. An incredible storyteller, up and coming playwright, and throughout her presentation she entertained all the students and faculty in attendance. Natalie Bennington, Senior, comments on Nimisha’s performance.

“I loved the keynote speaker. Nimisha was a heartwarming person and everything she said was meaningful. The advice she gave to all of us was credible and useful for writers and editors,” said Bennington.  

The following mornings, student schedule was packed with presentations on collegiate level literary journals from the universities that participated in FUSE. Cabrini, Susquehanna, UCLA, Penn State, Cedar Crest, and of course, Widener hosted panels on how they run their different journals or magazines that showcase student literary projects.

Jamie Kahn, Senior and Senior-Editor of our very own Pitch magazine, explains what she enjoyed about FUSE the most.

“The opportunity to find community with other writers and editors our age. Often conferences like this are geared towards graduate students and those working in publishing and editing on a large scale, and the ability to discuss craft and operations with those who are in a similar place to me is just wonderful,” Kahn said. 

On Friday night, Widener planned an open-mic session for conference members to share their work from poetry to flash fiction. Some told stories about their lives and others read fanfiction just for the fun of it. No judgement, no hate, just an open space to be writers together. 

During the final hours of FUSE, everybody voted on a new executive-board to plan and handle next year’s conference at Susquehanna. An entire student run board, the conference is in the hands of the future generation of writers and editors. 

All three Cedar Crest students enjoyed their time conversing with other undergraduate students who share the same passions. Writing is an art that should be supported by schools everywhere and FUSE’s mission is to keep those dreams alive.

“Conferences like this are so important, and such a great opportunity for students, like me, to broaden their range of knowledge. I'm lucky to go to a school that supports myself and my peers to participate in events like this,” Kahn said.

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