Monthly Archives: May 2015
On Thursday, June 4th at 7:00 PM in the Capital Blue Cross Theatre, The Knight Writers, Central Penn College’s creative writing club, will take you on an extraordinary journey entitled “Take a Stand” featuring the award winning Baltimore-based spoken word artist, Ladi Glori. This event is free and open to the public, however, donations are encouraged.
Too often, society overlooks creative expression, but Central Penn embraces artistic freedom. In celebration, the Knight Writers are proud to present a smorgasbord of poets including founding Knight Writers president, Greg Jones, and alumni members Jordan Parish, and Ashley McGowan. Current Knight Writers will also recite their original performance poems. Knight Writers founder and advisor, Professor Maria Thiaw, a published author and seasoned performance poet, will emcee the event.
Ladi Glori is an emcee, actress, author, and activist that has been performing on stage since 2009. In 2011, she released a hip-hop/spoken word CD called “Mute the Background.” She also released her book, Ms. Read the Plight of a Poet, last August. These products will be available for purchase at “Take A Stand,” and Ladi Glori will be available to autograph them.
If you wish to join this thriving creative club in its celebration of the arts, then TAKE A STAND with the Knight Writers and Ladi Glori on Thursday, June 4th at 7 PM in the Capital Blue Cross Theatre, located in the Underground on Central Penn College’s Summerdale campus. For more information, contact Professor Maria Thiaw at email@example.com or 717-728-2524.
Sure, you want to write. You have a great hook or character. You have your whole first novel mapped out or the next slam-winning poem…the problem is that you have them all in your head. Be don’t be discouraged. You’re not alone.
Moving from brain to page is no easy task, but with these tips, you help kick start that process.
1. Start a blog: A blog is a great way to get your writing everyday, and you can write as much or as little as you want. A blog will automatically keep track of the days and times you write, which will help you as you take on more serious writing projects. One word of caution: if you are considering publishing down the road, you should be refrain from posting it on the blog since some publishers will consider it ‘published.’ Check out The Pen’s own post on the subject!
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2. Use a creative writing prompt: Hate staring at a blank page? Writer’s block giving you the writer’s blues? There are dozens of website that offer writing prompts to get you inspired. Some of our favorites are Language-is-a-virus, First Line Generator, Creative Writing Ink, and The One-Minute Writer.
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3. Keep a journal: Sometimes the easiest tool is also the best one. Journaling can help you keep track not only of your everyday experiences, but can also be a great place to sketch characters, write a plot summary, or record an idea that just won’t let go of you. Journaling is particularly alluring for you pen and paper types, and it gives you an opportunity to splurge on those fancy fountain pens you’ve been eyeing!
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4. Join a creative writing club: Clubs are an excellent way to get yourself motivated to write and keep you accountable to your writing goals. You can also get immediate feedback on a particular character, scene, or subplot, which will be invaluable if you decide to take your writing to a publisher. Clubs meet both in person and online!
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5. Use your tech!: Sometimes, we forget that our most powerful writing tool is the one we have in our hands (laps or palms!). Use your favorite tech to set writing reminders and to schedule yourself time to write. You can also use apps to keep you on pace: Mindly, Mind Node, Help Me Write, and Write-or-Die. There are dozens out there, so find your fix!