All posts filed under: Literature

More MidWeek Update: MFA In Creative Writing

11.14.18 Hello again, from art to writing. For those who like creative writing, you might want to take a look at this. Bay Path University is having a no residency for MFA in Creative Writing program. Thanks to the email that was sent to me by The Writer.  Credit source: The Writer Your Path to Discovering Your Story. Bay Path University’s no residency MFA in Creative Nonfiction Writing is designed to help aspiring writers turn their personal story into publishable prose. You’ll learn the techniques of outstanding writing, read and discuss important works of creative nonfiction, and complete a master’s thesis that can form the foundation for your book: a memoir, collection of personal essays, biography, or other creative nonfiction forms.   ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS, Classes Start January 22, 2019   Why Choose Bay Path’s MFA? Recognized by onlineu.org for having one of the most affordable MFA and Creative Writing programs in the country Our award-winning MFA faculty are accomplished memorists, journalists, food and travel writers, editors, and publishers  Specialized tracks are available in publishing or teaching Workshop with small peer groups for intensive writing practice, feedback, and support Summer creative …

Reflections: Gothic Halloween in Poetry

10.31.18 Hello everyone! Last day of October, how about some poetry? Again? Yes, again, but this time with some gothic themes to it. Here are three to read…   Ravenna by Oscar Wilde (Newdigate prize poem recited in the Sheldonian Theatre Oxford June 26th, 1878. To my friend George Fleming author of ‘The Nile Novel’ and ‘Mirage’) I. A year ago I breathed the Italian air, – And yet, methinks this northern Spring is fair,- These fields made golden with the flower of March, The throstle singing on the feathered larch, The cawing rooks, the wood-doves fluttering by, The little clouds that race across the sky; And fair the violet’s gentle drooping head, The primrose, pale for love uncomforted, The rose that burgeons on the climbing briar, The crocus-bed, (that seems a moon of fire Round-girdled with a purple marriage-ring); And all the flowers of our English Spring, Fond snowdrops, and the bright-starred daffodil. Up starts the lark beside the murmuring mill, And breaks the gossamer-threads of early dew; And down the river, like a flame …

MidWeek Update: AWP Conference & Bookfair Update

10.24.18 Ok, let’s get this post started. I’ve been trying to give you guys updates about next year’s Association of Writers & Writing Programs Conference and Bookfair, which is being held in Portland, Oregon, March 27-30, 2019. Now the early bird registration has passed. October 11, 2018, was the deadline, but you still have a chance because Preregistration is from October 12, 2018, till January 3, 2019. Here is a chart that I got from the website for all the information on registration.  Credit source: Association of Writers & Writing Programs (AWP) 2019 Conference & Bookfair Registration Early bird registration ends October 11. Click here to register today! Conference events begin at 9:00 a.m. on Thursday, March 28, 2019, and conclude at 11:59 p.m. on Saturday, March 30, 2019. The bookfair is open 9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. from Thursday, March 28 to Saturday, March 30, 2019. Students & adjuncts: interested in volunteering? Registration includes admission to AWP’s bookfair, meetings, panels, readings, and public receptions for the duration of the conference period; the exception to this is the new …

MidWeek Update: Writing Contests…

10.8.18 It’s Hump Day Wednesday and this is for the writers. You have not one, not two, but three contests that I like to pass along to you. All thanks to The Writer. Credit source: The Writer Our latest short story contest: Fall in love Fall from grace Fall apart A falling out The harder they fall… Write a 2,000-word fictional short story using any nuance, definition, or understanding of the word “fall.”           ServiceScape Short Story Award Deadline Friday, November 30, 2018 Categories Crime/Thriller, Drama, Fantasy, Fiction, General, Horror, Mystery, Nonfiction, Romance, Science Fiction, Young Adult Prizes $1,000.00 USD Description For this writing award, any genre or theme of the short story is accepted. All applicants should submit their original unpublished work of short fiction or nonfiction, up to 5,000 words. Along with receiving an award for $1,000.00 USD, the winner will have his or her short story featured within our blog, which reaches thousands of readers per month. You can find more information on our short story writing contest at https://www.servicescape.com/short-story-award. Contact Information StephanieServiceScape Incorporatedsupport@ServiceScape.com Website https://www.servicescape.com/short-story-award       Third …

Creepy Short Stories Saturday

10.6.18 Hey there! I told you that there will be some creepy stories for this month did I not? All month and every Saturday. Here is three that I found from ThoughtCo. that might get your hairs on your neck to stand! Credit: ThoughtCo.  Who’s That Hiding in the Backseat? One night a woman went out for drinks with her girlfriends. She left the bar fairly late at night and started driving home on the deserted highway. She noticed a pair of headlights in her rear-view mirror, approaching at a pace just slightly quicker than hers. As the car pulled up behind her she glanced and saw the turn signal on—the car was going to pass—when suddenly it swerved back behind her, pulled up dangerously close to her tailgate, and flashed its lights. Now she was getting nervous. The lights dimmed for a moment and then the brights came back on and the car behind her surged forward. The frightened woman struggled to keep her eyes on the road. Finally, she turned onto the exit. …

Books to Read for Fall 2018

9. 20. 18 September 22, this Saturday will be the first day of Fall. Temperatures are starting to get a little cooler, well in some places, and it’s time to find some new books to read. Found this article titled The Top 20 Most Anticipated Books of Fall 2018, written by Ashley Johnson for Parade and there a few books I want to get. Take a look at this list of those books that are getting some attention. Parade’s pick of Anticipated books for Fall 2018 Credit source: Ashley Johnson for Parade  As the season begins to change and the temperatures cool down, a new season of books comes with it. From dark and magical YA novels to sweet romance and everything in between, these are the most anticipated books of fall. The Dinner List by Rebecca Serle Sabrina’s 30th birthday is surely cause for celebration in this new novel. Surrounded by her best friend, a few people from her past and, surprisingly, Audrey Hepburn, Sabrina is unsure of what to think of this seemingly magical …

Weeknd Update: NY ART BOOK FAIR

9. 8. 18 Hello Weekend! I live for them because you can rest and have time to enjoy the activities that the weekend offers. For example, the NY Art Book Fair that is coming later this month in where else? NYC. Below you can get a heads up on this event… Credit source: NY Art Book Fair   Printed Matter, Inc. presents THE NY ART BOOK FAIR September 21-23, 2018 Preview: Thursday, September 20, 6-9pm Purchase your preview ticket here. Printed Matter Members receive free entry to the preview. Please present your membership card at the door. To join as a Member, click here. Free entrance HOURS AND LOCATION Preview Thursday, September 20, 6-9pm (Ticketed) Friday, September  21, 1-7pm Saturday, September 22, 11am-9pm Sunday, September 23, 11am-7pm MoMA PS1 is located at 22-25 Jackson Avenue on 46th Avenue, Long Island City, NY. Exhibitor applications for the NY Art Book Fair 2018 are now closed. Printed Matter presents the thirteenth annual NY Art Book Fair, from September 21 – 23, 2018, at MoMA PS1, Long Island City, Queens. The …

MidWeek Update: Conferences & Retreats in Literature

8. 22. 18 Wednesday. It’s time to catch up with some updates and we are diving into literature for some upcoming conferences and retreats. All thanks to AWP. Credit source: AWP (Association of Writers & Writing Programs) Idlewild Writers Retreat Pomfret, Connecticut, United States   DETAILS OCT 5 – OCT 8, 2018 Retreat SCHOLARSHIP: None Available CONTACT: Melissa Wyse EMAIL: info@idlewildarts.com WEBSITE: https://idlewildarts.com The Idlewild Writers Retreat offers writers creative space and community. Our retreat is held in the scenic Quiet Corner of Connecticut each autumn. Our 2018 retreat will be held October 5-8, with discounted early registration rates available. Our program offers creative time and space to write, along with opportunities to enjoy a community with fellow writers. Our retreat is held at a historic house (and former bed and breakfast), which offers beautiful spaces to write and to gather together, along with spacious accommodations. Writers will enjoy simple community meals sourced from local farms and markets, quiet time to engage with their own work, evening readings, workshops on mindfulness and creativity, and optional guided writing sessions. Our retreat is …