Go Creative

Go Creative is our flagship project promoting the collaboration with high schools from the Lublin region. This is a competition based on the idea of the project-based learning an active method that develops the maximum involvement and participation of students in the learning process. The topics and the tasks promote awareness, reflexivity and a critical spirit, facilitating deeper understanding of the contemporary world seen through the eyes of high school students. 

Go Creative 2021: Freedom

The aim of the 2021 competition was to make young people reflect on freedom, understood both personally and collectively, and express their thoughts and feelings in a creative way. The questions we asked the participants were the following:

- How do you understand the concept of freedom?

- Is it important to you at this particular moment in your life, or do you rather think of freedom as a privilege of adulthood?

The participants were encouraged to express themselves creatively in English by writing a story about freedom - a literary form in which the protagonists convey the students’ vision of freedom [max. 1000 words]

The aim of the 2021/22 competition was to make young people reflect on freedom, understood both personally and collectively, and express their thoughts and feelings in a creative way. The questions we asked the participants were the following:

- How do you understand the concept of freedom?

- Is it important to you at this particular moment in your life, or do you rather think of freedom as a privilege of adulthood?

Participants were encouraged to express themselves creatively in English by writing a story about freedom - a literary form in which the protagonists convey the students’ vision of freedom [max. 1000 words]

In the first edition of the Go Creative 2021 - Freedom competition, two equal first prizes for a short story and two honorable mentions were awarded. The works were judged by two independent juries: the Jury of the Faculty at the Department of English and American Studies at MCSU and the Jury of Students from the English Students’ Association. Both teams indicated their respective winner of the 1st place, while the distinctions were awarded unanimously by the faculty and the students. All the stories were excellent, but the winners’ assured and moving pieces of storytelling commanded the awards. Here is the list of winners:

1st prize (ex aequo)

„The Memories that Clip our Wings”

Marta Hałabis

III Liceum Ogólnokształcące im. Unii Lubelskiej w Lublinie

 

Jury of the Faculty

Department of English and American Studies at MCSU

„The Key”

Franciszek Matraszek

V Liceum Ogólnokształcące im. Marii Skłodowskiej-Curie w Lublinie

Jury of Students

MCSU English Students’ Association

Honorable Mentions

„Dear Theodore”

Kinga Purchała

Zespół Szkół Ogólnokształcących nr 2 im F. D. Kniaźnina w Puławach

 

„Free in prison”

Katarzyna Drozd

V Liceum Ogólnokształcące im. Marii Skłodowskiej-Curie w Lublinie

 

 

Go Creative 2021 - Freedom competition’s finale took place on June 9, 2022 at the Faculty of Political Science at Maria Curie-Skłodowska University. We welcomed all the participants and their teachers who represented high schools from Lublin and Puławy. The award ceremony was accompanied by two workshops: on American pop culture (in English, conducted by Dr. Izabela Kimak from the Department of English and American Studies) and on storytelling (in Polish, led by Dr. Elżbieta Pawlak-Hejno from the Department of Media Communication) followed by a short meeting with the English Students' Association - the organizer of the competition.

The storytelling workshop inspired the young writers to explore the intricacies of the first sentence in a story:  

We are delighted that young people responded so eagerly to our initiative which was set up to celebrate novice authors creating short fiction on the topic of freedom – so relevant at the dawn of a new era forced upon the world by the Russian Federation's war in Ukraine.

 


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