Re-Storying South Florida
an invitation to write about natural places in our bioregion* with
passion and heart
“Without Stories, we do not know who we are,
nor what we might become.”
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Explore and celebrate South Florida’s bioregion*while
at the same time raising awareness about
the current state of our land and natural resources.
NARRATIVE ESSAY, SHORT STORY,
focuses on South Florida’s bioregion and eco-system.
In her book, The
Wild Heart of Florida,
Susan Cerulean asserts:
a strong hunch that the real stories of Florida are so powerful, so
gripping, so various, and so enriching that if we were to somehow
reclaim them and weave them into our culture, things would be very
different in our state. The notion of security as we view it now
would seem dull, compared to the life in the living forests and
springs and prairies. (3)
We invite you to write your own real stories in prose and/or poetry
and re-envision South Florida’s bioregion
while celebrating the richness and beauty of our state.
This writing challenge is open to all students enrolled at
Miami-Dade College during
the Spring term 2004-2. Only one essay and/or poem may be submitted
Date due: March 24, 2005
Please consider assigning this essay/poem to your students as part
of your coursework. Professors of winning entries will be specially
acknowledged by the EEI in April of 2005.
Entries must be original work and must be accompanied by an
official, completed EEI application entry form (attached to this
Entries are due to faculty contacts (listed on entry form) by March
Winners will be announced in April of 2005.
FOR YOU NARRATIVE ESSAY
Your story should focus on South Florida’s bioregion.
Consider discussing one or more of the Four Sacred Earth Elements
(land, water, fire, and air).
Refer to resources on our EEI website:
Consider what makes a good story good: elements of plot,
characterization, setting, and point of view. Refer to this website
Consult a current grammar text to review your grammar.
You may wish to discuss this essay/poem with one of your professors
(perhaps writing credit can be arranged in a course—but only with an
instructor’s consent). Feel free to contact an EEI faculty member at
the campus where you attend for more information or assistance.
FORMAT FOR YOUR ENTRY
2,000 words or less (approximately eight pages maximum)
Observe the conventions of Standard American English.
Entries must be typed, double-spaced, in 12-point Times New Roman
Essays must have one-inch margin all around.
You may use both sides of the page for printing. In addition to
submitting a hard copy of the essay,
applicants must have an electronic version in Microsoft Word;
finalists will be required to present that electronic version to the
Do not place your name anywhere on the essay or poem except on the
application entry form.
copy of the entry must be submitted to one of the faculty members
listed on the entry form by 2 pm on Thursday, March 24, 2005.
EVALUATION OF WINNING ENTRIES
WILL BE BASED ON THE FOLLOWING
Entries will be judged by EEI faculty and administrators.
Decisions of the judges are final; all applicants will be notified
in April 2005.
submissions will not be considered. Applicants should keep a backup
copy of their essay/poem. All submissions will be forwarded to:
Colleen Ahern-Hettich, EEI Director, Room 3506-11 Wolfson Campus.
Hilbert inspired openness, trust, good friendship, strong
scholarship, and joyful leadership during her thirty plus years of
service at Miami-Dade Community College. She was a national leader
in the area of environmental literature, and generated opportunities
for others to research, write, and dialogue about the importance of
the natural world. She believed that our respect for nature was a
matter of ethics and relationships.
The Environmental Ethics Institute provides various events and
workshops throughout South Florida to explore Earth Literacy and our
understanding of concepts of deep time and the emerging Universe
Story. The Institute works to promote a new manner of thinking
about our human relationship to Earth’s community of life,
particularly as expressed in interdisciplinary curriculum
development, faculty formation and increased ecological awareness in
education. Exploration and appreciation of our natural environment
and increased awareness of our bioregion* is a part of the mission
of the Institute.
bioregion is a geographical area that is defined by its natural
features as opposed to human constructed political
boundaries.” Elise Brateen (http://www.stolaf.edu/depts/environmental-studies/courses/es-399%20home/es-399-04/Projects/Braaten_Project/WebPages/index.html)
HILBERT CHALLENGE GRANT ENTRY FORM
For more information, contact:
Director, Earth Ethics Institute, 305-237-3796;firstname.lastname@example.org
Professor Emily Sendin,
Writing Contest Coordinator, 305-237-6172;