Celebrating the 2017 Handley Creative Writing Award Winners at Pasadena City College
Awarded to the best Creative Writing submitted by matriculating students at Pasadena City College in any given year.
Giselle Burciaga - Non Fiction "The Eruption" Read it Here
Giselle is a 21-year old college student and future teacher! She says: "I'll be transferring to Cal State LA in fall 2017! I also work part time at a non profit organization called "I have a dream foundation" and think of myself as a modern woman who loves to conquer all. I'm a creative writer with a big imagination. I tend to think of others before myself. I have a big heart and I love to give what I can. I also love naps and pugs."
Alicia Linda de la Peña is currently 25 years old and a student at Pasadena City College. She began her academic career studying visual arts, specifically photography and film. She says: " I discovered creative writing when I took a class at PCC with Professor Kathy Kottaras, who helped guide me towards developing a passion for writing. Since then I have taken more creative writing classes at PCC and continue to evolve my writing capabilities and style. I enjoy writing stories that concentrate on conflict of character with light sci-fi and fantasy themes. I also enjoy writing poetry and I am beginning to learn to write screenplays. I hope to transfer to a four year university where I will study English and Philosophy."
Liting Says: "I grew up in China, and I loved reading and writing since I was a child. After immigrating in the United States, I took ESL classes at Pasadena City College, and I was inspired and encouraged to continue my education in college. Along with the journey to explore myself, I decided to major in English. At the very beginning, I did question myself that if I could compete with native English speakers and if I could succeed in a university. Soon enough I realized that choosing English as my major is not to compete with anyone, but to follow my innate passion for reading and writing and my childhood dream of becoming a writer and teacher. Moreover, I believe that being bilingual is a gift for me to explore both eastern and western cultures. So far I have gotten admitted by University of California, San Diego, University of California, Irvine, University of California, Santa Barbara, California State University, Long Beach, California State University, Los Angeles, California State University, Fullerton and Cal Poly Pomona as an English Major Student. I plan to major in English, Chinese and East Asia Studies after I transfer. My ultimate goal is to become a bilingual professor while being a multicultural writer."