3/22/18 - Charlotte Shuler receives national recognition for creative writing

The South Carolina Governor's School for the Arts & Humanities congratulates creative writing student Charlotte Shuler, from Orangeburg, on recent honors from the National YoungArts Foundation (YoungArts) and the Region-At-Large and National Scholastic Art and Writing Awards.
The annual YoungArts competition recognizes the nation's most promising young artists, ages 15-18, in the literary, visual, design and performing arts. Over 7,500 students applied and only 171 were named finalists among all art areas. Shuler was one of 21 writing finalists, selected through a blind adjudication process conducted by an independent panel of highly accomplished artists.
As a part of this honor, Shuler was invited to participate in the 37th Annual National YoungArts Week in Miami January 7-14, 2018, where she attended workshops and master classes with other finalists.
"Going to YoungArts and getting to spend pretty much one hundred percent of my time immersed in art and the young artistic community really re-electrified my work. I was reminded that I don't just write for publication or because it's what I'm lucky enough to study at school ó I write because, dumbly and simply, to lean right into clichť, I love it," said Shuler.
Shuler also received recognition in the Region-At-Large and the National Scholastic Art and Writing Awards competitions. In the Region-At-Large competition, she won three Gold Keys ó one each for Humor, Personal Essay & Memoir, and Short Story ó and a Silver Key for Poetry. In the national competition, she received two Gold Medals, one for Humor and one for Personal Essay & Memoir.
Shuler is from Orangeburg County and went to Pinewood Preparatory School before attending the Governor's School where she is a senior creative writing student.
The Creative Writing Department at the South Carolina Governor's School for the Arts and Humanities had three YoungArts finalists, including Shuler, and received 11 Gold Medals and 8 Silver Medals, including one for Best in Grade and five writing portfolio recognitions, in the National Scholastics Writing Awards competition.