Italy Writes 2012 Finalists Announced!

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John Cabot University and the Institute for Creative Writing and Literary Translation, together with the International Writing Program at the University of Iowa, are honored to have had the pleasure of reading the 140 entries received from all over Italy to Italy Writes 2012. The selection of finalists was no easy task. We thank all high school students and their teachers for their participation.

We are pleased to announce the names of the finalists of :

Non-Fiction Category:
– Daniele Morrone, Liceo Ginnasio Statale ‘Dante Alighieri’, Rome, for ‘Invisible’

– Elisabetta Petrucci, Liceo Classico Statale ‘Socrate’, Rome, for ‘Behind the Appearance: The Thousand Faces of Life – in search of identity’

– Simone Possenti, Liceo Classico Statale ‘G. Carducciì’, Milan, for ‘Fairy Time’

Fiction Category:
-Raffaella Maggi, Liceo Classico ‘Gaetano De Sanctis’, Rome, for ‘The Dark Side of Love’

-Franceso Tavani, Liceo Ginnasio Statale ‘E. Q. Visconti’, Rome, for ‘Tears in the Sea’

-Elena Mastrogregori, Liceo Ginnasio Statale ‘E. Q. Visconti’, Rome, for ‘The Green Line’

These finalists have been invited to read a segment of their work at JCU on June 20th at the Institute for Creative Writing and Literary Translation’s Faculty/Student Reading. Final placement of the finalists will be announced on June 21st during the 40th Anniversary Event “A Conversation with Joyce Carol Oates”, when our Novelist in Residence will discuss her work and answer questions from the audience.

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About Italy Writes

Building on the tremendous success of its Italy Reads program, JCU has launched Italy Writes, a national English-language writing competition for Italian high school students that includes on its panel of judges professors from one of America’s most highly-ranked creative writing centers: the University of Iowa’s International Writing Program.

Italy Writes engages high school students in the development of their English creative-writing skills and is open to all students enrolled in Italian high schools that do not have English as the primary language of instruction. Students compete annually for awards for the best creative writing piece in the genres of fiction and nonfiction.