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OCSA Career Day Creative Writing Panel

Chapman University, B.F.A. in Creative Writing Program Director: Morgan Read-Davidson  readdavi@chapman.edu AACU Survey Panel: Michael Wong, B.F.A. 2015 Michael has loved writing ever since his 3rd-grade teacher pridefully read aloud his personal narrative to his classmates. Now, he uses writing to seek out unique storytelling opportunities that help immerse readers in new worlds. For years, … Continue reading »

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Becoming Bridge-Builders

There’s a popular term out there right for people with lots of followers and content on social media: “Influencer.” On it’s face it sounds powerful, something we might all aspire to as writers and creative minds, but in practice its far more about internet hits, monetizing popularity, recycling worn tropes, trading shock for likes, a … Continue reading »

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@Tralfamadore

Rereading SlaughterHouse-Five after twelve years and two Master degrees, and it is certainly a different experience. I just read one passage that I had to post here: Billy couldn’t read Tralfamadorian, of course, but he could at least see how the books were laid out — in brief clumps of symbols separated by stars. Billy … Continue reading »

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QuickPress: the Double-Edged Sword

One of the key advantages of blogging is the ability to quickly publish and distribute content to a broad audience. We have seen the real-world effects of “quickpress” in the blogger-fueled protests in the Arab world. No longer are writers confined to the slow time-tables of print publishers, editors, and review panels. This post itself … Continue reading »

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The Face of Khaled Said

The power of online writing lies in the ability to instantly join a discourse community. There is no wait for review and publishing, no hierarchical chain of power to answer to. Communities grow virtually through shared values, experiences, and beliefs, and can connect instantly from anywhere in the world. Knowledge spreads like wild fire, and … Continue reading »

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Welcome to Spring 2011!

Since this course is all about rhetoric and the web, the topic of the public revolts in Tunisia and Egypt must take center stage. In Tunisia, it has been well documented (examples here and here) that social media, such as Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and other video upload sites, as well as numerous blog sites, were … Continue reading »

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ClassDox.com

So I go on and on about how the blogs that you create now as freshman could lead to many great things: help you focus your academic goals, decide on a major, or work towards starting that small internet business. And you probably secretly roll your eyes and think, “Great, here he goes again.” Well, … Continue reading »

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Writers’ Resources links

No matter what your ability level is as a writer, there are always times when you need some quick writing advice. Perhaps you’ve received professor comments on your paper like “weak transitions” or “faulty parallelism,” and you’re wondering “what the heck does that mean?” Or maybe you’ve just received a writing prompt for an “expository … Continue reading »

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From Dreaming to Writing

I’ve always had big dreams for my writing. As a kid, I probably started at least a dozen novels, imagining the artwork on the front cover and practicing the pose for my picture on the back. In high school, I decided I was going to be a great filmmaker, and I wrote and directed numerous … Continue reading »

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Sweltering September

“The station wagons arrived at noon, a long shining line that coursed through the west campus. In single file they eased around the orange I-beam sculpture and moved toward the dormitories…As cars slowed to a crawl and stopped, students sprang out and raced to the rear doors to begin removing the objects inside; the stereo … Continue reading »

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