Trillium Symposium Story

The staff of the college’s literary magazine, Trillium, presented at the 2020 Piedmont Symposium, discussing their experiences with working together as a team to bring out the undiscovered writers around campus.

“It was like watching the students redesign a virtual city,” says Jaydn Dewald, associate professor of English and one of the many editors of the Trillium program. “It was intriguing watching them compare ideas and think of things I would have never thought of myself.” 

With its first issue debuting in 2015, Trillium was created by students who are in the creative writing and art programs at Piedmont College. They are in charge of editing, curation, and designing for Trillium, which has been carried on for five years. The purpose of Trillium is to encourage students around campus, regardless of their major, to submit their work to be featured in a book available for anyone in the community to read. It is a good opportunity for the students to get their work published and get noticed. Presenting at the 2020 Piedmont Symposium is a great way to expose the program to more people throughout the community. Even though the program has been around for a while, there were still some challenges the team had to face head on.

“We were worried about not getting enough submissions,” said Anna Melton, a current editor for Trillium. “We were taking advertising and deadline extensions into consideration to get more people to submit work.” 

This didn’t stop Melton and the rest of the team from working with what they already had. They were grateful for what they had already received, and after extending deadlines and heavy promotion, more submissions came pouring in. Even after getting more submissions, it wasn’t enough to fill up the few remaining blank pages in the Trillium journal, so the team reached out to the creative writing and arts seniors to become featured presenters and submit their work to fill in the pages. Trillium receives poems and stories from all forms of writing and genres, making the book more intriguing to the public eye. 

“One of the poems that stuck out to me the most was Ten Year Strife by Lauren Smith,” says Anna Melton. “It was very intense, yet soft language.”

The Trillium should be something every student should consider trying at least once to see if their work gets submitted. It’s a great way for them to get their work exposed and get feedback from others, said Hadley Cottingham, a 2018 recipient of a Trillium award and former editor.

“I think it’s so important for students who have a passion for writing to submit,” she said. It’s a great way to look at your stuff; college literary publications, much like college journalism, is a place for undiscovered writers to get their foot in the door. Becoming part of a community of authors is essential to becoming a successful writer, those people will help you grow and become a better author. The Feedback You get from these kinds of experiences [Whether you published or not] is invaluable for improving your writing.” 

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