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Student shares tragic story in award-winning submission

Ashley Green’s first attempt at serious writing turned out to be an award-winning effort. Her story, “A Knock at the Door,” was accepted for publication in the 2008 edition of Beginnings xi, the Ohio Literary Resource Center’s publication of outstanding writing by Ohio’s adult literacy students.

Of more than 500 submissions, only 84 were selected for the publication.

It is quite a feat for Green, 24, an Ohio University-Chillicothe nursing student who does not consider herself as a writer.

The story’s theme is child abuse, and it concerns a situation in December 2004 at Green’s apartment complex. What began as a knock on her door by a woman asking Green to watch her baby ended tragically with the baby’s death a few months later, Green shared in her story. The child was approximately 15 months old when he died, she said.

Green wrote the story in one setting in February as a practice essay in preparation for taking the GED exam. Katherine Brewer, her GED instructor, encouraged her to submit the story.

“It is something that has been brewing and has been on my mind for a long time, and I just put my thoughts on paper. This seemed like the ideal moment to write it. I hope this is someone’s wake-up call to not take kids for granted,” she explained.

“I never thought of myself as a writer and do not really have a feel for reading,” Green said. “If something is on my mind or in my heart, I can write about it. If it is something I feel passionate about, I have no problems with my writing. In this case, I think the key was the content of the story and that it was something that was true and real and that meant a lot to me.”

Green enrolled at OU-C on March 3 after earning her GED just 3 days earlier, on Feb. 29.

She read her story at a recent luncheon in Dublin, Ohio, to recognize those whose work was accepted for the publication.

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