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March 28, 2014

Students in Creative Claws, Multicultural Scholars Program attend presentation by Kathryn Stockett


Field TripAlmost 30 Cowley College students, staff and faculty attended a presentation by Kathryn Stockett, author of the hit book The Help. Creative Writing classes, Creative Claws and the Multicultural Scholars Program sponsored the trip to the event which was held Thursday, March 27 and was sponsored by The Oklahoma Center for Poets and Writers OSU-Tulsa at the Tulsa Performing Arts Center.

The group from Cowley included Creative Claws sponsors, Marlys Cervantes and Ryan Doom; co-director, along with Cervantes, of Multicultural Scholars Program Amy McWhirt; Meg Smith, director of journalism; and Diana Dicken, director of web services. The group had dinner together at Spaghetti Warehouse prior to the speaking engagement.

“Kathryn Stockett is simply delightful as a speaker,” Cervantes said. “We had a great time hearing about her experiences—her 60 rejection letters for this book prior to it being accepted, how she used her experiences growing up in Jackson, Mississippi to develop the characters in the book, the five long years it took writing the book and finding an agent and publisher, and how people should never give up on their dreams. Several from the group had read the book and seen the hit film that is based on it, but even those who hadn’t were supporters after hearing her speak. On the bus trip home, I received an email from (Cowley student) Corey Rothwell saying he was already on page 50.” 

Cowley College programs strive to provide experiences for students interested in particular fields that will assist them as they move forward in their education and career.

“Had an awesome time at the book signing today. I'm so happy I get to have great experiences like these,” Ian Brannan, Creative Writing major said.

In the past, groups have heard authors Tim O’Brien, Carl Hiaasen and James Patterson.

“Kathryn Stockett, whose first novel was The Help, held her own on stage as well as any of the much more experienced authors we’ve had the pleasure to see,” Cervantes said.


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