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This week’s free dose of poetic culture October 3, 2011

In celebration of National Poetry Day, W.S. Merwin, the 2010 U.S. Poet Laureate and Pulitzer Prize winner, will give a free reading at the Cindy Pritzger Auditorium of the Harold Washington Library. The reading will begin at 6 p.m. on Thursday, October 11, but get there early; audience members will be admitted on a first-come, first-served basis, according to the Poetry Foundation, which sponsors the event.

Merwin’s work, with its narrative style and straightforward imagery that is accessible to even those who might consider themselves poetry-shy, dates back to the 1950s and includes nearly 30 books of poems. He is also an accomplished translator, having interpreted foreign language poetry for English-speaking audiences. An extended biography and selections of Merwin’s work are available on the Academy of American Poets website. I hope you’ll join me in listening to this legend live!

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Scrawl 8/5 August 5, 2011

It’s a family affair on today’s Scrawl, as we welcome not one, but two special guests from the UCWbL! Writing Tutor/Fellow Martina Mihelicova reads some short fiction and poetry, and UCWbL Director Dr. Lauri Dietz joins us for a discussion on writing and social media.

In other Scrawl news, just a reminder to put that junior high copy of The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn to good use, and get reading! Scrawl will be hosting the first installment of the Banned Book Club on a future episode, and we’d love to get our listeners involved.

Scrawl airs every Friday from 11am to Noon right here. Give us a listen…or else.

 

Flask Fiction: Round 2! July 16, 2011

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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).

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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.

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Writing.com

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.

Writing.com

 

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New Scrawl Radio Show, 7/8 July 8, 2011

Today’s Scrawl Radio show focused on performance and craft. Performances by host Devin of his award-winning video “the American Dream,” and by first-and-second-place winners of last week’s Flask Fiction. What made this a good listen is that the types and formats of these works were so different.

Listen Below:

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Agents, Contests, Jobs, and Journals: Resources for Writers June 29, 2011

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Sifting through the clutter of literary contests posted online or catalogued in different publications can be a very daunting task for writers who wish to submit their writing for publication.

I’ve known writers  who have sifted through the different databases of contests and journals and fellowships, as well as the bible for writers, The Writer’s Market, and created their own rankings of contests and journals.  But when combined with the notion that writers submit to many of these contests and journals hoping for acceptance but expecting rejection, and the fact that a 99% rejection rate would be considered a success, it can make for a downright horrid experience that anyone other than masochists would prefer to avoid.

But there is help.

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