The Author's Challenge
Launched for its first cycle in 2018, the Authors' Challenge #WordUp is a provost-funded writing initiative where students will compete for a funded writing course, retreat or internship abroad. The program aims to harness a culture of creative writing in all schools and disciplines across AUC, and has the potential to make a positive impact on the writing culture on campus.
Housed under the Undergraduate Research Program, one of the program goals is to be an enriching learning experience for all undergraduate students regardless of academic major. With expert workshop leaders and substantial prizes, the initiative is an attractive means of encouraging students to expand their skillset.
There are five categories of writing: short stories, podcasting, spoken word poetry, script-writing and graphic novels. In each category, an expert practitioner and/or faculty will run a series of three to four workshops throughout the academic year, with the aim of mentoring students as they develop their writing skills and as they work on producing a final draft by the end of the workshops. Two finalists from each category will be chosen to compete for the final prize in their category which will align with the Research and Creativity Convention (RCC) during April of each year.
The initiative is headed by Ramy Aly, head of the anthropology unit at the Department of Sociology, Egyptology and Anthropology, and Nellie El Enany, assistant professor of organizational behavior at the Department of Management.