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Annual Writers’ Showcase
Volume 6

About the Writers’ Showcase:

Funded initially by a grant from Critical Encounters (a college-wide civic engagement initiative intended to facilitate conversations between the school and the community around socially and culturally relevant issues) each year, the Writers’ Showcase,  features a variety of texts selected to illustrate work that exemplifies the concepts first-year writing students learn during the college’s two-course writing sequence.

The Showcase provides a platform for Columbia College’s first-year writing students to communicate to an audience beyond their teachers and classmates.

While exhibiting student writing remains the primary goal of this program, these texts may also be useful in a variety of ways to instructors at Columbia College.  The editors have created a page available on Moodle to begin a discussion about different ways the texts might be used in the first-year writing courses.

How the Writers’ Showcase works:

Each annual volume (edition) of the showcase includes the Fall semester and the subsequent Spring semester. The most recent completed volume, for example (Volume 6, the results of which are featured here) considered student works from Fall 2015 and Spring 2016 semesters.

Students may self-submit. Instructors may encourage students who demonstrate excellent work to self-submit. Instructors may submit student work on the students’ behalf and with their knowledge and approval. Submissions should be e-mailed to Bob Simoncini (, in Word®, RTF, or PDF format, and must include the name of the author, the title of the course, the name of the instructor, and a brief statement as to the rhetorical purpose for the work and/or the context of the assignment.

Multi-modal compositions/texts that communicate using visual, audio, and other media in addition to traditional alphabetic text are encouraged, but not required. The editors try to select a range of texts to represent the diversity of the assignments completed in these courses.

Submissions from the following PWR courses are welcome:


52-1101S Writing and Rhetoric I Stretch A

52-1121 International Writing & Rhetoric I

52-1122 International Writing & Rhetoric II

52-1151S Writing & Rhetoric I Stretch B

52-1151 Writing & Rhetoric I

52-1151HN Writing & Rhetoric I – Honors



52-1152 Writing & Rhetoric II

52-1152HN Writing & Rhetoric II—Honors


Three submissions (one from each category) will be selected to receive the Editors’ Choice Award, and their authors will each receive $100. In addition, a small selection of works will be included on the anthology page of the PWR blog, as well as this Fountainhead page linked to the Key Concepts for Writing & Rhetoric text. Decisions will be announced over the summer of 2017, once all of the submissions from the 2016-17 school year have been considered.

Submissions for Volume 7 (FA16 and SP17) of the Program are currently being accepted. All Fall 2016 submissions may begin immediately and are due no later than Friday, December 30, 2016. All Spring 2017 submissions may begin on Wednesday, February 1, 2017 and are due no later than Friday, May 19, 2017.

Volume 6 Results:

Included in Volume 6 of the Writers’ Showcase is a selection of six essays from Writing and Rhetoric I and Writing and Rhetoric II. One essay from each course received an Editors’ Choice Award of $100, and the additional essays were recognized with the Award of Excellence.  All were chosen for publication herein.  Here is a link to previous editions of the anthology of work produced in Writing and Rhetoric I and II.

Category ACategory BMaria MeadeWhat is Writing in the 21st. Century (video)ExcellenceGianinna IyandaI’m Not A Freedom Fighter; I Just Play One On TVEditor’s ChoiceJai DavisBlack Arts in Big CitiesExcellenceAdam MayerFiltering BeautyExcellenceLily ReevesThe Impact Of Indies On The Comic IndustryEditor’s ChoiceMaria YanezaThird Culture Kids (TCK)Excellence