Senior: Lani Hurlock


Hi! My name is Lani Hurlock and I am graduating with a Bachelor’s degree in General Creative Media. I enjoy creative writing and spend a lot of my free time crafting stories. After graduating, I hope to someday write the story for a cartoon series. If I were an artist tool, I’d be a painter’s palette with varying colors and possibilities.



Title: Cry Me a River

Question: What are the impacts of fiction on individuals? How does fictional work increase people’s sense of empathy?

Abstract: Fiction has a specific format that makes it effective in swaying people; it is telling a story in a roundabout yet enticing way that garners interest and captures people’s attention. A lot of nonfiction, on the other hand, does not do this. News articles, for example, get straight to the point of providing a reader with information. While there is certainly a place for such writing and the intention of my project is not to argue the ineffectiveness of such, information provided in such a way is ultimately less likely to stick with someone or leave a long-lasting effect on them. However, it is important to note that nonfiction can sometimes be written out in a “fiction format” – as in, it can be given to people as a complicated narrative rather than a simplistic and straightforward retelling of an event. My project aims to argue to the effectiveness of such a format to highlight the importance of storytelling in conveying information and influencing others.



To learn more about my project here:



Creative Process:

In order to maintain an unbiased approach, article topics were chosen at random from a list of subjects that were considered to be the top 10 Google searches at the time. As required by the instructor, articles were not to be longer than 1,200 words and the rewritten story version needed to be of the same word count (within 100 words more or less).
  • 10 people received article #1 and another 10 people received its rewrite.
  • 10 people received article #2 and another 10 people received its rewrite.
  • The 20 people who received article/rewrite #1 completed one survey, while the 20 people who received article/rewrite #2 completed a different one. This was done to compare the responses directly.
  • ​There were 40 people surveyed in total.



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