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November 09, 2016 : Glass Enclosures showcases OUC students' creative writing skills


A crowd of students filled the library to hear snippets from the new writings in the 6th edition of Glass Enclosures released on November 9. The sounds of nervous laughter and ruffling pages carried through the air as people settled into their chairs, ready to hear the excerpts of writings that many students had worked on over numerous months.

Glass enclosures presentation

The Glass Enclosures publication, a concerted effort between OUC students and their professors, Debra Nickles and Dr. Tony Vinci, collaboratively showcases the work of students and alumni in many forms and fashions. From short stories, to poems and non-fiction work, the book covers all facets of writing and serves as an outlet of expression for many.

“It takes a lot of courage to send your own work in,” said Morgan Bivens, a Junior at OUC working towards her Bachelor’s of Specialized Studies in English, Sociology and History.


Bivens, a 2015 graduate of Circleville High School, was heavily involved in the process of bringing this edition of Glass Enclosures to life. She served as designer and editor, working to ensure the publication process stayed on track with the help of section editors and that the layout and design was properly formatted for printing.


“It was a lot of work but it ended up being really rewarding,” she stated. “It was fun to work with everyone and talk with all the writers in the book.”

Professor Nickles, who led the program and group readings, offered words of praise for the students and participants in the program.


“I think we at OUC  can be beacons of light and hope in our local communities through these types of  writings and these forms of self expression. Creativity is more important than ever.”


Submissions for the next edition of Glass Enclosures will be accepted through April 14, 2017. Copies of the 6th edition are available in the Fishbowl Writing Center or by contacting Professor Debra Nickles.