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Anthology celebrates student work

Douglas College launches Pearls 33 anthology Friday
Pearls 33, Douglas College
The Pearls 33 anthology is being launched on Friday, March 21.

Emerging authors from Douglas College are ready to share their literary talent with the world.

The college's department of creative writing is set to launch the 2014 edition of Pearls, an anthology of fiction, poetry, personal narrative and scripts written by students.

"It is such a pleasure to put together this showcase of outstanding student writing. I think readers will be surprised and delighted by the quality and variety of work in this year's edition," said Calvin Wharton, chair of the department of creative writing, in a press release.

The anthology is published annually and edited by faculty. It features writing created by students during their course work.

Since it started publication more than 30 years ago, it has featured the work of hundreds of writers. The 2014 edition has 65 student contributors.

"Seeing your work in print for the first time can be a defining moment," Wharton pointed out. "For students, it can really give them a feeling of confidence about their writing. This anthology is all about recognizing their talent and accomplishments."

A book launch for Pearls 33 takes place on Friday, March 21 at 7:30 p.m. in the Studio Theatre at Douglas College, 700 Royal Ave.

The event will include readings by students and an awards ceremony.