Young Voices

  • Get Out of Alabama or Die Trying?

    By Lindsay Hodgens

    I could start by telling you about where I come from. I could tell you about the small, unincorporated community from which I sprang, about the twenty minute drive to the next town over's post office, about graduating in a class of 99 (about ten of which went on to university). I could tell you about all of the afternoons I spent looking out of my bedroom window at the thirty-six acres behind my house, how I counted the days until I could get out of that house, which was at least one step closer to getting out of Alabama. Read more

  • Alabama: A Thriving Lifeline for the Arts

    By Jonathan Rutan

    With my return to school as a graduate student seeking a Master of Arts in English at the University of Montevallo, I desired only a few things: To increase my knowledge of the written word, to broaden my horizons as a student of the arts, and to make connections with teachers, students, and staff that would further allow me to gain insight into a world I already understood that I knew very little about. However, I expected only to succeed in all of this through studies of different subjects, through texts from authors long dead or just beginning in their careers—perhaps through a nice lunch or two with a new friend. Never did I think that by becoming an intern for the Alabama Writers’ Forum would I ever be offered an even greater chance to learn more about myself—and about the world—than I ever imagined. Read More

  • The Alabama Writers' Forum: A Source of Encouragement for Young Voices by Emily Cutler

    I have had a passion for creative writing ever since I was a little girl. I have always loved words in general, and throughout my life their power has never ceased to amaze me. From the American Girl books to the Harry Potter series to The Help by Kathryn Stockett and A Doll’s House by Henrik Ibsen, literature has given me characters to sympathize with and look up to, new ways to view the world, and concepts to stand up for and believe in. The world of books has always been an incredibly important part of my life, and one of my goals in life is to contribute to that world as a writer. Read More