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USD Recognizes the Literary Talents of Ryan Hallagan



The Lindsay J. Cropper Award is established in memory of USD alumna Lindsay J. Cropper, the Annual Cropper Creative Writing Contest recognizes outstanding fiction and poetry by USD students. A $125 prize is awarded in each genre.  Ryan Hallagan was the 2010 Lindsay J. Cropper Award Recipient. Below you will find his interview:

The Vista --

The Vista: How did you find out about USD's Lindsay J. Cropper Award for creative writing?

Ryan Hallagan: I was working with my independent studies professor, Professor Melekian, and he informed me of the contest. The deadline was in three days so I took a previous one page version of "Coming Around" and expanded it to six pages.

V: What inspired you to write the original version of "Coming Around?"

RH: I actually just finished a crappy three-page story and was feeling a little down. So I used a technique I learned in a high school screenwriting class which was to fit an entire story onto a single page. It made me really focus on what I wanted to say. I was sitting in one of my English classes and I couldn't stop thinking about the line, "She forgave me once before." I expounded on this line and created "Coming Around" which was originally the last page of the version I submitted for the award.

V: What was it like to write about post-college young adults, a demographic that you will soon becomea part of?

RH: It was a bit hard. I wanted to stray away from writing about just college students. I didn't want to be J.D. Salinger and primarily write about young people. It's important for me to develop my writing. (Full Story)

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