AfterWords is a university-sponsored academic event held every year. It is both a writing competition and a celebration of student writing held among Residential College students enrolled in Writing 1310 each fall.
Writing Department faculty teaching in UCA's Residential Colleges envisioned a writing competition that could provide a real incentive and reward for good student writing by offering students the opportunity to share their writing with students from other classes, to learn from each other, and have their hard work publicly recognized and praised by peers and faculty.
For the first time, first-year student writers could have a “real” audience. The Residential College writing faculty believed that the competition would be a fascinating and diverse avenue for the UCA First-Year Community to wander down: a bazaar of topics, a marketplace of ideas, a store of discussion.