English Student Wins First Prize for Creative Nonfiction Piece

by Public Relations

Lauren Moore, a junior English major with a creative writing minor at Cedarville University, won first prize for her creative nonfiction piece in the 2012 national undergraduate writing contest sponsored by the Conference on Christianity and Literature.

Moore’s piece, titled “The Pilgrim Pathway,” is a short narrative about her grandfather and the changes and struggles he has gone through since his wife’s recent death.

“He’s very strong in his faith,” Moore said, “but since she died he’s been caught in that tension of being here on this earth yet wanting very much to pass on and be in heaven with the Lord. I wanted to explore that tension a bit through my writing.”

Moore submitted her piece because as part of a class assignment given last semester by Kevin Heath, Ph.D., professor of English.

She shared that the department of English at Cedarville always encourages and often requires students to send in pieces for publication in journals as well as other competitions. One of her other pieces titled “Orbit” was published in March 2012 in the online journal Halfway Down the Stairs.

Moore said that the department has encouraged her in her writing.

“I knew I loved writing, but the professors have given me a lot of confidence that I never had before,” Moore said. “Dr. Heath is incredibly knowledgeable about his craft, and he really knows how to help you improve your pieces in ways you wouldn’t think of.”

She shared that she appreciates how the English professors at Cedarville seek to give students tremendous amount of freedom to write about topics of their choice and to use their creative abilities to glorify God through honesty and truth.

The Conference on Christianity and Literature is an interdisciplinary organization dedicated to exploring the relationships between Christianity and literature. The organization sponsors many writing competitions as well as conferences, and it also publishes a quarterly journal tilted Christianity and Literature.

Located in southwest Ohio, Cedarville University attracts 3,300 undergraduate, graduate and online students to more than 100 areas of study. Celebrating 125 years of education excellence, Cedarville is a Christ-centered learning community recognized nationally for rigorous academic programs, strong graduation and retention rates, accredited professional and health science offerings and leading student satisfaction ratings. Visit the University online at www.cedarville.edu.