In a career-focused college, some may ask: how do outlets like literary magazines contribute to college students’ professional goals? how do they provide students with intellectual and professional advancement opportunities? and why do we need venues like literary magazines? This post series looks at each of these questions in-depth and offers advice to college students who are looking to navigate an increasingly challenging (and rewarding!) job market landscape.
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Why do we need venues like literary magazines?
Too often, we get caught up in the details of everyday life. Is it going to rain? Did I pay that bill on time? Where did I leave my keys? Of course, it’s important to be able to follow directions, place a budget, and stay organized, but it also important to nurture and develop our creativity.
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Literary magazines offer writers the opportunity to create, share, engage, and yes, even empathize.
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Creating and sharing creativity work is the most exhilarating, terrifying, and rewarding thing we do. Often, the creative process must be done alone or whatever alone looks like to you. It could be in your bedroom at a desk. It could be in a crowded coffeeshop in the back corner. It could even be on a park bench down on a river walk. Wherever or however it is, you are shaping and structuring alone.
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The writing process can be exciting and frustrating and wonderful and awful–often all of those emotions at the same time.
Writing anxiety looks different for everyone. For some, it means that sick feeling in their stomach when faced with a blank screen. For others, it means cleaning the apartment, doing the laundry, playing in a pick-up game—anything to avoid having to write that paper. Writing anxiety looks different for everyone, but the key here, is that everyone experiences it.
On Thursday, April 11, several students, faculty, and staff attended a workshop on writing anxiety sponsored by the English Department and The Writing Center to talk about past experiences and to share tips for managing future anxieties. The discussion was moderated by a three-person panel: Professors Matthew Vickless and Melissa Wehler as well as student expert Dezmyn Edmond. Each panelist discussed a personal example of how they have experienced one of the three fears that generate writing anxiety: fear of judgment, fear of success, and fear of process.
Want to submit to Central Pen’s Poetry Contest but don’t know where to start? Check out these 10 ideas to help inspire your award-winning poem:
- What would your favorite word look like? Smell like? Taste like? Feel like? Who would it invite to lunch? Would it be talkative or quiet? Where would it go?
- Where is the last place you felt safe? Who was there? Who wasn’t there? What did it look like? Was it a physical space? Mental? Emotional? Spiritual?
- When did you first fall in love with writing? How young were you? How old were you? What inspired you then? What inspires you now? Did someone or something help you discover your inner author?
- What does spring taste like? Is it earthy or fresh? Is it smooth or gritty? What does it feel like on your teeth, gums, and tongue? What would happen if you swallowed it?
- How would you describe yourself using sounds? Are you loud like BOOM? Are you smooth like swoosh? Do you clomp or swish when you move? Are your dreams like plink or pow?
- What place symbolizes your childhood? What does it look like? Smell like? Taste like? Feel like? Would you go back? Would you live there? Are you still living there?
- What is your favorite memory from the past year? Who was there to share it? Who wasn’t? What did it feel like? What did it look like? How did it change you?
- What is sitting next to you? Why is it there? Is it important? Useless? Is it something you would like to share with someone? Is it something you want to keep private?
- Who do you wish you were talking to right now? What do they look like? Why are they important? Could you talk to them if you wanted? Would they want to talk to you?
- How would you describe home using only tastes? Is it a hot meal? Is it dessert? Is it something you want to eat as a snack or as a dinner? Is it something you want to eat all the time or not very often? How would it feel if you swallowed it?