Auster Advice

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Poets & Writers shared a Paul Auster video with classic advice for creative writers worth repeating.

“One Day” Published

July 24, 2013 by · Leave a Comment
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Postcard Shorts

Postcard Shorts: Stories that Fit on a Postcard.

A flash fiction story of mine published today.

Take a look. Tell me what you think.

Legend Dies

July 19, 2013 by · Leave a Comment
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Matheson  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?

Bold Beginnings at Pure Slush

July 14, 2013 by · 2 Comments
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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).

 

Former Writing Student Teaches Workshops

March 29, 2013 by · Leave a Comment
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Writer’s Workshops at Skaneateles Library 

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.

Moodle is in.

January 6, 2011 by · Leave a Comment
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Kairosnews posted the following music video yesterday. It’s a student project by Chandler Birch, Josh Stephens, and David Perkins out of Taylor University published to YouTube on November 26, 2010.

After playing the video a few times, I find it persuasive through two means: 1) it taps into the irritation people feel for Blackboard Inc because of their LMS’s complexity and confusion, and 2) the music isn’t half bad. As one comment said, “My kids don’t even know what [Moodle] is but they won’t stop singing your song.” The creators can’t hide that this is a student project, but using the most of their resources, they still clinch some of the moving features for this music genre.

Do you find it persuasive? Do you find it persuasive if you’ve never used online course tech?

I’ve written elsewhere that if one looks, there are lots of open source options for online learning.

CCCC Report on Writing Majors at a Glance

The NCTE committee charged with compiling information on undergraduate writing majors has completed its report.  In sum, the CCCC article explaining the results observes there are two types of undergraduate writing majors depending on the college: Liberal Arts or Professional/Rhetorical; the former is founded in creative writing and literature, the latter in writing theory and praxis (418).  Nationally, the writing major is growing with 68 degrees at 65 unique schools documented.  Most are housed in English departments and are either quite flexible and/or interdisciplinary degrees.  Candidates are encouraged to double major.  None of this should is a surprise.  What is interesting, however, is where these points coincide in principle with Cayuga’s own writing concentration.  At Cayuga, many liberal students are interested in creative writing, and professional writing courses are linked to other majors such as business, mechanical tech, computer information, or telecommunications.  This difference is recognized by Cayuga students through their desire for personal-literary expression and writing that gets-things-done.

Overall, two curricular recommendations were made:

  1. The Writing Major might include a foundations/ introductory course such as those found in psychology, sociology, etc.
  2. The bachelors degree should have a capstone experience–i.e. a portfolio, internship, or other experience through which students might draw together and/or apply what they’ve learned about writing.

Finally, it was suggested more rhetorical history and research methods instruction be included in undergraduate writing studies.  Cayuga is addressing these concerns in several ways.  An honors English 101 has been offered successfully that focuses on an Introduction to Writing Studies (rhetoric and composition); plans are in process to offer such designated 101′s in the future.  Professional Writing, a new writing concentration course with an experiential component, will be offered Fall 2010.  Several new one-credit English 238 courses are scheduled for Fall 2010, one on Written (Rhetorical) Invention, another a revision workshop that would help a student’s writing portfolio for transfer or prospective interviews.  In total, Cayuga is making several steps toward meeting the recommendations in the CCCC Report on Writing Majors and looks forwards to continuing to offer a very reasonably affordable education for those interested in writing for careers and transfer.