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Through Our Words: Hands, Minds and Hearts at Work
5th Annual Creative Writing Contest in Spanish

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The Office of Latino/Latin American Studies (OLLAS) at the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) proudly supports the Fifth Annual "Through Our Words" Creative Writing Contest in Spanish. The goal of this project is to provide a creative outlet in Spanish for youth in Nebraska. Support is provided by Humanities Nebraska, the Department of Foreign Languages and the Masters of Arts in Language Teaching (MALT) Program at UNO, and OLLAS.

Haz clic aquí para ver la información del Concurso de Escritura Creativa en español.

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Mission Statement

The Creative Writing Contest in Spanish, first statewide event of its kind, is open to all students attending grades 5 through 12 across the state of Nebraska. The contest broadly promotes writing in Spanish, encouraging the creative use of the language among bilingual, heritage speakers, and speakers of Spanish as a second language.

The contest also intends to spark an interest in the cultural background of Latinos and Latin American immigrants, who make up about 12% of the Nebraska population, but who continue to be an underserved and often unrecognized segment of our society.

This project seeks to increase understanding among different cultures. Both creative writing and literature, as tools to explore our common human nature, can be effective means to counterbalance exclusionary sentiments in society, and to promote cultural integration.

In addition, and since good writers are also good readers, the contest provides bilingual instructors with an opportunity to further promote early literacy in Spanish in their classrooms, including an exploration of Spanish and Spanish American literatures.

For native and heritage students, the contest represents an institutionally recognized opportunity to express themselves creatively in their native or home language. For speakers of Spanish as a second language, the contest is an invitation to claim ownership of the language they are learning, and to explore their unique ways of saying and being in Spanish. For all participating students, the contest provides an instance in which to construct a new identity as writers.

 

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