2017 Fledge Award Winners


Professors Benjamin Drevlow and Chris Smith from the Department of Writing & Linguistics, and the Department itself, are all delighted to announce the stellar winners of the 2017 Fledge First-Year Writing Awards. The winners are as follows:

  • For Memoir & Personal Essay, Gabrielle Darr held her own and dominated
  • For Fiction & Poetry, Conner Kirsch astounded and dazzled
  • Erin Maurer left the judges awestruck in the Analysis and Criticism category
  • And last, though certainly not least, Ana Morer presented a beautiful piece for the Synthesis and Argument category

Darr, Kirsch, Maurer, and Morer were all hard-working students, determined in their pursuit of the Fledge Writing Award. All of these fantastic young writers, as well as the other equally gifted writers who have been chosen to be published in the 2017 issue of Fledge, will read at the Fledge First-Year Writing Awards ceremony, which will be held on Wednesday, April 26, of this year. The ceremony will take place in the Nessmith Lane building, in room 2911, beginning at 7:00pm and ending at 8:00pm. All contributors, students, and faculty are invited, and anyone else who would like to listen to amazing first-year writing. If interested in more information about Fledge, or the Fledge awards ceremony, please do not hesitate to contact Benjamin Drevlow. He would love it.

Lastyly, congratulations to every single one of you! May you all continue to achieve, and to make the Department of W&L, and yourselves, proud every step of your journeys.



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