Ranch reflections – Student looks back on short story success

Ranch Reflections are articles written by LRHS students and staff who want to share their experiences, thoughts, and concerns. This is a great opportunity for Mustangs to branch out beyond traditional news stories.  This edition features a senior’s reaction to publishing a short story.

Marissa Briggs-Mustangs Ahead

(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL)- Since the third grade I have known I wanted to be a writer.

I often find comfort in books and use them to escape the problems I face in everyday life.

Therefore, when I enrolled as a dual enrollment student at the State College of Florida, I was immediately drawn to the Intro to the creative writing class they offered.

Throughout the course, my classmates and I were challenged as writers to think creatively when composing our stories and poems.

Over the 16-week course, my classmates and I wrote four short stories that contained anywhere from 1,500 to 4,000 words.

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Halfway through the class, my teacher encouraged all students in the class to submit a piece of work for publication to the SCF Venice Elektraphrog Literary and Arts Magazine.

I submitted a few of my favorite poems and two short stories I had written in class and did not expect anything to come of it.

That is why I was shocked when a few weeks later when my teacher congratulated me on my publication.

One of my short stories, The Five, was selected for publication in the Fall 2020 edition of the magazine.

Since my publication, I have enrolled in Creative Writing II and plan to expand The Five to a full manuscript before I graduate this year.