Creative writing workshop lends students a voice

November 29, 2013 

On what seems to be a run-of-the-mill day at East Wake High School, some students are diligently rehearsing for their final production and fundraiser show for a creative writing workshop class that is far from ordinary.

In its second year at East Wake High, Sean Ingram’s Creative Writing Workshop program allows students to express themselves through creating their own literature, giving aspiring writers an outlet and experience to hone their craft, culminating with The Fusion Fundraiser Show.

Ingram’s nonprofit organization contracts with the Wake County Public School System, providing mentoring programs by using creative writing and communication workshops as its foundation.

“My purpose and passion in life is... to teach others, especially our youth, how to find and utilize their voice in a positive and productive manner in order to be heard by the masses,” Ingram said. “It is my belief that if one has the ability to effectively communicate their thoughts and ideas, then they have a greater chance of succeeding in this competitive workforce.”

The Fusion, which was named by the students of the workshop class, is a platform for them to show off their talents and apply all the skills learned from Ingram’s workshop.

“I had given up on writing poetry at one point, until this class came along. It inspired me and gave me the chance to write and perform again,” Aaron Saunders said.

The Fusion Fundraiser Show will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. Dec. 6 at East Wake High School, 5101 Rolesville Road, Wendell. Parents can support the students by buying a $5 ticket or by making a donation online at

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