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The Writing Center’s scary story series rises again

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Hammering out the final details for the Día de los Muertos event, the Writing Center staff meets in room LLR-321 with some cookies. Photo credit: Michelle De Leon

Hammering out the final details for the Día de los Muertos event, the Writing Center staff meets in room LLR-321 with some cookies. Photo credit: Michelle De Leon

Hammering out the final details for the Día de los Muertos event, the Writing Center staff meets in room LLR-321 with some cookies. Photo credit: Michelle De Leon

By Karina Peterson

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The Moorpark College Writing Center’s annual scary stories series is rising again this Fall semester for its 6th year, with the Día de los Muertos Poetry Workshop and Altar Building.

“We want the writing center to be a place where one can explore creative writing,” said Tracy Tennedhouse, co-director of the Writing Center. “We [also] want to support and celebrate other cultures and make everyone feel welcome.”

The workshop takes place on campus at the Library Learning Resources building, room 321 on Thursday, Oct. 25th from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.

This social gathering will give students the chance to enjoy pan dulce and coffee, festive company, and the opportunity to learn how to write “Calavera,” a satirical form of poetry that pokes fun at people in a way that suggests they’re dead, even though they’re alive.

Crystal Salas, a tutor at the writing center and the individual in charge of the event, recollects growing up in a family that celebrated Día de Los Muertos and the importance it holds for them.

“When I was younger, I would make it a special day,” said Salas. ” [And] I think this is a great opportunity to participate in a community on campus.”

“It’s a place that can be very joyful to meet new people,” said Salas when asked why students should attend this event.

Attendees are encouraged to celebrate the work of their favorite writer, musician or poet by contributing to The Literary Heroes Ofrenda. The Ofrenda, or altar, is often the most recognized symbol of Día de los Muertos.

This temporary altar is a way for families to honor their loved ones and provide them what they need on their journey to the after life. They place pictures of the deceased, along with items that belonged to them and objects that serve as a reminder of their lives.

Guest are welcomed to bring photos to honor the memory of their favorite musician or literary artist.

For more questions please visit the Moorpark College Writing Center website or call at (805) 553 – 4850.

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