Award-winning Saddleback College publication releases 2013 edition

The “WALL” contains a variety of students’ personal essays, short stories, poetry, artwork, and photography.

Christian Bonin

For 13 years, WALL has provided Saddleback College students with opportunities to publish their writing and artwork.

WALL is a publication written and edited by students. The content includes personal essays, short stories, poetry, artwork, and photography.

Gina Shaffer, faculty adviser to WALL, described it as “a literary journal produced annually at Saddleback College by students, for students. It showcases the artistic and literary talents on campus in an elegant format.”

“One of the things WALL does is showcase significant issues in society as well as provide insights into very personal and intimate experiences,” Shaffer said.

Last year the 2012 edition of WALL received a first-place award in a national competition held by the American Scholastic Press Association.

“I was ecstatic,” Shaffer said. “I think we won the award just because of the quality and diversity of the content and the elegance of the style.”

Shaffer said WALL plans to submit this year’s edition to the American Scholastic Press Association as well. “We have submitted to a couple of contests so far, we hope we are recognized again this year,” Shaffer said.

The students who promote, edit, and choose content from student submissions for the publication are enrolled in the class English 160. The three-unit class meets every spring semester.

Shaffer said students in English 160 “develop skills in reading and evaluating creative work, learning about the process of publishing, how to work cooperatively as a team, and those students who are editors learn leadership skills.”

Saddleback students may submit work to WALL with a chance of being published. The deadline for submissions to the 2014 edition is February 10.

A limited supply of paper copies of WALL are available at SSC 213, the Liberal Arts Division office, the Fine Arts Complex, and the Learning Resource Center and Business and General Studies buildings.

Online copies of WALL and 2014 submission guidelines can be found at http://www.saddleback.edu/la/wall.

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