The art form of creative writing is quite versatile - from sonnets to poems, short stories to haikus - hundreds of Central Piedmont students have created wonderful works of literature over the course of six decades.
Preserved in the college archives are some editions of literary magazines such as The Hammer, The Keystone, and the Paul Atwell Literary Magazine. The Hammer was founded in 2017 and is currently run by the Central Piedmont English department, with support from other departments.
The next unique project featured in this case is the “Archival Revival” project, where students use an archival photograph as a writing prompt to create whatever type of writing piece they prefer. This project was based upon the ekphrastic writing style taught in ENG125 - Creative Writing.
As part of class assignments for ENG 125 students, English professor Angelina Brooks collaborates with the Central Piedmont Archives over four semesters for the Archival Revival project. For this assignment, students are instructed to curate a creative writing piece using archival photographs from our photographs and publications collections.
The purpose of this assignment is to present the archives to students in a more creative and inviting way. Using images of our past as writing prompts for a new story, helps students to think more in-depth about the source they view, and about what can be said and “unsaid” when viewing an image.
On display are four student poems along with their accompanying archival images taken by student photographers. The student works are from Fall 2019 through Spring 2021.
Visit the Archival Revival LibGuide to view all student works.