Can you write a short story given only five minutes and three words? Anyone interested in the challenge can participate in the UW-L English Club’s Flash Fiction Face-off from 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 25, at 337 Cartwright Center.
Participants will be given five minutes and three words to write one short story. The stories will be typed on a computer that is connected to a projector screen so audience members can watch the writing in progress.
The Stories will be judged by professors from the English Department, with the best and most creative stories winning prizes from Gaming Generations, Pearl Street Books, Culvers, Toppers, The Root Note, and more. Those interested in competing can email the English Club at [email protected].
We only have space for about 15 contestants, so register soon. Walk-ins, space permitting, are welcome as well.
Even if you don't feel up to competing, feel free to stop by and enjoy the action while munching on some free snacks! The event is free for both participants and audience members.
The Catalyst, Steam Ticket, and the UW-L Creative Writing program will host a reading / open mic on Wednesday evening, April 30th, at 8:30 PM at The Root Note. We'll start the evening with a handful of featured readers--current students and recent grads, Tegan Daly, Luke Brekke, Carly Frerichs, Stella Nathan, Dave Briggs, and Jason Crider--who will each read a short selection of work, and then at about 9:30, we'll open the mic for the remainder of the night. The event is free of charge.
Four student writing awards will be presented this year on behalf of the Norman Mailer Center and Writers Colony and the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) to full-time students attending high school or two- and four-year colleges.
All entrants may submit works of creative nonfiction; college students may also submit works of poetry. Learn about entrance requirements and guidelines for each of these awards on the NCTE website.
Prizes include cash awards of $2,500 and $5,000, and winners receive travel and lodging to attend the Colony's prestigious annual National Award Ceremony in Fall 2014.
** Submissions are due April 30, 2014, noon CST. **
ENTRIES ARE ACCEPTED ONLINE ONLY at the four award submission sites listed below:
The Catalyst, UW-L's creative journal, is now accepting submissions for the Spring 2014 volume. We are seeking poetry, prose, art, photography, music, and any other media from UW-L students, faculty, and staff.
As always, this semester's issue follows a theme. This issue's theme is "Make Your Mark." No matter what we end up doing in life, we always leave a mark on the lives of those around us. And they leave their mark in us. How have you affected, or been affected by, your surroundings? (Submissions outside the theme are also accepted.)
Submission deadline is April 1st. Submit by sending your work and a short bio to [email protected].
Accepted submissions will be included in our online magazine as well as the print version. For a free print copy of last semester's issue, email [email protected]. Payment is in contributors copies.
On December 10th, in three sessions, Rhetoric and Writing Majors will present their senior capstone projects engaging a wide range of contemporary issues including: the linguistic construction of disability, classics and canonicity, translation in a global age, illusions of empathy, publishing and the impact of technology, communication strategies and the popularity of Ted Talks, tattoos as (permanent) discourse, rhetorical differences in political speeches, media and concussions in the NFL, taking back the women's interest genre in magazine publishing, and Nietzsche's Übermensch and Ranciere's "Part of No Part," (among others). The presentations will be held in 330 Cartwright. They are free and open to the public and everyone is welcome to attend. To arrange for disability accommodations, contact [email protected] or call 785-8295.
Tuesday, December 10th, in 330 Cartwright:
Katharine Mickschl – "The Future of the Publishing Industry: The Impact of New Technology" Rachel Gerlach – "Taking Back the Women's Interest Genre" Gregory Nickel – "Concussed Ideals: How Head Trauma Wreaked Havoc upon the NFL" David Stilin – "Science, Différance and the Pursuit for Knowledge" Allison Scherer – "Ted Talks: Popularity and Public Speaking Strategies"
Nicholas Wimmer – "Tattoo: A Permanent Discourse" Annalise Falck-Pedersen – "International Interpretations of Meaning" Jenna Englerth – "Touching the Heart Through The Eyes" D. Shane Dull – "Rhetoric of Communication: Exploring the Inevitable Rumor"
Chad Nickerson – "The Illusion of Empathy" Ryan Churchill – "Classics and Canon" Danielle Bakkum – "Constructing Disability through Language" Karin Johnson – "Analysis of Presidential Rhetoric through Reading Level: Campaign 2008 versus Obama’s First Term" Alan Voy – "Nietzsche's Übermensch and Ranciere's 'Part of No Part,'"
Students from Professor Stephen Mann's ENG 332 ("Modern English Grammars"), ENG 334, ("Language Study for Teachers"), and ENG 494, ("Language Attitudes and Ideologies") will be presenting formal research papers, findings from fieldwork, proposals for future research, lesson plans, and creative works as part of a semester-end linguistics symposium.
The presentations will be held in the Hall of Nations in Centennial Hall and will run from 9am-3pm on Monday, December 2 and Wednesday, December 4,and 9am-12pm on Monday, December 9. All are welcome to attend! The event is free and open to the public. To arrange for disability accommodations, contact [email protected] or call 785-8295.
The English Club is following up its Involvement Fest recruitment and English Club Social with its first Fall Event: Hobbit Days! We are sponsoring a 2-day event at Murphy Library (Sunday & Monday 2:30-8:30pm), where we will be showing The Lord of the Rings films, playing Fantasy-themed film & story Trivia, and offering some hobbit-snacks for those hungry times between second breakfast and first dinner.