Richard Matheson, who I’ve always credited as making the way for Stephen King, has died. Learn more about him, and then celebrate what he gave us by reading some of his work.
No doubt, his “I Am Legend” novella will now be returning to my Film & Literature class next year, although I can’t yet say what movie will be paired with it. Last spring, we viewed Cemetery Man with Rupert Everet.
Any other nominations?
Writing involves logic (as well as emotional appeals and establishing credibility). To help students’ logic, I assign “Finding the Good Argument OR Why Bother with Logic” from Writing Spaces in English 101. Brain Pickings posted the following concise explanations of logical principles. They’re designed for young teens but really useful for anyone else too.
Many literary magazines have moved online. And many of these are quality publications. Learning to write better fiction or poetry requires reading, and writers learn a lot by studying current literature for magazines they’d like to submit. Years ago, editors provided some role in helping writers improve. With publishing going DIY and open distribution, editors have the opportunity to return to providing some instruction.
For example, here’s Matt Potter from Pure Slush explaining how to make story openings more bold. His Australian accent and use of present.me for his illustrations are effective in ways editors in the past didn’t have the same means to pass on writing tips (or personal irritants that reject a work).
I discovered this app while dropping in on a Canvas MOOC this summer. It’s perfect for online brainstorming of paper topics or crowdsourcing responses. Think wiki page blended with tag clouds. The 20 character limit forces the answers to be broad enough without becoming too academic. In setting one up, an email and password allow administrative access to remove individual off-topic or inappropriate responses. But in general, this is a great additive application, so the more amassed in the garden the better it will grow (ideas).
I’m VERY excited to announce that English 239-701: Videogame Narrative will be using CANVAS this fall. It’s the way online courses should be!
If you’d like a preview of the course, email me: BowerR(at)cayuga-cc(dot)edu You don’t have to wait to warm up your interests in videogame writing.
Are you interested in developing your creative writing skills? We’ll be hosting a five-part Writer’s Workshop for beginning and aspiring writers during the month of April. Workshops will be held from 5:00 to 7:45 pm on Tuesday April 2nd, Tuesday April 9th, Thursday April 18th, Tuesday April 23rd and Tuesday April 30th. A wide range of topics will be covered, such as the writing process, developing characters, pacing a story and creating tension. Participants may attend one or all classes. Please contact the library for details and to register at 685-5135.
Workshop leader Larry Michael Lounsbury is a local writer pursuing a Master of Fine Arts at Goddard College in Vermont.
DD’s recent post on financial literacy got me thinking how understanding loans and spending are crucial for college students and perhaps especially for those studying writing. Writers often spend more time with words than numbers and so one has to consider how at risk they are for higher costs or debt. For example, what’s your basic knowledge on spending? Take this quiz to see.
Though clearly dramatic as only a talk show persona can be, Suze Orman presented a resounding and frustratingly accurate speech last year on student loan debt that some have commented should be required viewing for beginning college students.
Student loans are serious business, and student writers should understand that their signature dedicates them to clear responsibility.
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Presented at Casual Connect Seattle, July 2012.