This week, the Chicago Public Library Foundation awarded novelist Don DeLillo the Carl Sandburg Literary Award, and to mark the occasion, DeLillo appeared at the downtown Harold Washington Library last night to read and discuss his latest work, The Angel Esmeralda, a collection of short stories. It was an illuminating discussion. Donna Seaman, the moderator, asked DeLillo about his influences and themes, but there were also many insights into DeLillo’s process as a writer. (more…)
The Best Part of Summer: Summer Reading May 15, 2012
With Spring Quarter winding down and the weather approaching something we might be able to call “summery” (because, let’s face it, it’s the best we’re going to get as Chicagoans), I’m starting to feel like reading for myself again. As a kid I was always happy for summer to come around; no class meant a lot of free time to myself, and absolute freedom in my reading choices. In college and when class is in session – and especially when you’re an English major like me – it’s hard to justify reading for pleasure. We already have a lengthy reading list from our professors to get through. While reading and feeling enamored of Super Sad True Love Story for a class and realizing how much I miss reading on my own, however, I started drafting a list of “to-read” books for this summer. So, with summer fast approaching, what should I read? What do you want to read? With that in mind, I’m listing my options and hopefully I’ll inspire some readers to take up my choices (or choose their own). Unless I designate, I haven’t read these books, so my deep apologies if you try one and dislike it. Suggestions for what I should read or what you should read are definitely welcome in the comments. (more…)
CMWR Launches Winter Quarter Book Club February 17, 2012
Students from all over the world are on the edge of their seats reading…The Hunger Games!
On Friday, January 20, the Collaborative for Multilingual Writing and Research started the 352-page, New York Times bestselling novel The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins with our fantastic group of international, English Language Learning (ELL) students. (more…)
Submit Your Work to Threshold – Submissions Deadline Now Extended! February 15, 2012
Hi all! Threshold, DePaul’s premier student-run literary journal, is still accepting submissions for its Spring 2012 issue. Submit your fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, or dramatic literature to firstname.lastname@example.org before February 24th. All submitters will receive free and helpful feedback on the work, and possibly publication in the journal!
More information is available here.
“Very Short Stories”: Composing and Prose on Twitter February 7, 2012
Comedian Sean Hill is bringing new meaning to the term “short story.” His tiny tales (all of them under the 140-character limit imposed by Twitter) are strangely charming and quite possibly the future of prose and composing. Collected in a new book, his stories are getting a lot of attention – and he’s not the only one taking advantage of the mini-format. Novels are great but a few writers are choosing minimalism over quantity, and you can too. (more…)
Let’s Demystify the Writer September 21, 2011
Some have appropriated unto the process of writing a somewhat romantic picture. We imagine our favorite writers hunched over desks, grumbling to themselves through sips of whiskey in some dimly lit room on the Eastern Seaboard. Otherwise, they’re sitting in a bright and breezy space at a desk made of birch. The wind blows gauzy curtains back while the writer peeks out the window, smiles knowingly, and turns back to the page to write some moving meditation – in longhand of course. Where these images come from, we can only speculate. It could be Hollywood, our own projected veneration, or even from the writers themselves. Surely, (more…)
Flask Fiction: Round 2! July 16, 2011
Are you a writer?
Are you twenty-one or older?
Do you like to drink?
Got some free time between 5 and 7 pm tonight?
(Come on, it’s Thursday. You know you do).
Creative Prompts for Writing July 13, 2011
When you’re running short of ideas for your writing, there are a few methods via which you can try to get over the proverbial block that sits between you and your goal of writing. You can ask your friends, you can draw from something you’re already reading, you can sit outside and wait until you eavesdrop on an interesting conversation, so on and so forth. But one of the time-tested and age-old methods is, of course, to seek inspiration from a writing prompt.
I had every intention of writing a blogpost with a list of good resources for writing prompts online. I wanted to say “if you’re running dry of ideas, go here or here or here and here, and they should give you ample fuel for your writing drive.”
And this search was spurned by need. As some of you may know, I intend to participate in Camp NanoWriMo this summer, but I have not yet been able to start. Why? Lack of inspiration. So what better a topic for a blogpost than offering sources that I myself am in desperate need of. Right? Right? Ehhh.
I know I frequently offer websites to you all that I think will be useful to writers. But today I found one that I myself am going to use, because it does something for the serious writer that I used to get from fanfiction.net when I was in middle school–it allows you to post your work, and receive feedback from peers.