Record Gazette: 3.21.2014 by Julie Farren
Beaumont residents Blanca Flores and Amatul Mohiuddin are very proud of being first runners-up in the Southern California Libraries “Writer to Writer’’ contest.
Both women are in the Adult Literacy Program at the Beaumont Library and are being individually tutored on their writing and reading skills.
They entered the contest in December 2013 under the guidance of Lucy Sims, adult literacy program manager at the Beaumont Library.
Flores, 45, and Mohiuddin, who did not want her age disclosed, were among 47 entrants in the contest, which featured Southern California residents.
They learned in February that they were winners. Flores and Mohiuddin attended the main event with Sims on March 8 in Buena Park.
The categories include: Emerging, Beginning, Intermediate and Advanced Writers.
Flores, from Mexico, has been in the Adult Literacy program for five years, Mohiuddin, from India, for three years.
This is Flores’ second year entering the contest, but the first for Mohiuddin.
Flores chose to write an essay on the book “Skinny,’’ which addresses the issue of weight and teen-age girls. In her essay, Flores spoke about trying to understand her daughter’s feelings about her weight.
“You have to be touched by the book before you write about it,” said Flores, runner- up in the Advanced Writers category. Flores is married with two children, ages 10 and 9. She moved to the United States in 1996.
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Mohiuddin, runner up in the Beginners category, wrote an essay based on the book, “A Thousand Splendid Suns,’’ which tells the story of three Afghanistan women – Miriam, Laila and Aziza, who are in different stages of their lives. But what they have in common is not enough freedom or a lot of education.
Reading about these women opened up Mohiuddin’s eyes about living in America. Mohiuddin, who is married and has three children ages 12, 9, and 6, moved to the United States in 1995. READ MORE !