How do you Improve at Writing?

By Paul Rainwater | February 20, 2019

How do you improve at writing? I have tried several methods to improve. First, I look towards great works of writing, whether it be fiction or nonfiction, and try to do as they did. Second, I free-write until I get something worthwhile on the page. My last method is to make lists of points and then elaborate. I have found the most success with the last method, but it leaves my writing somewhat dull, disconnected, and long-winded. I have been … READ MORE…

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The Intimidation Game

By Abby Yost | February 13, 2019

Poetry intimidates me. I can see Charles Bukowski shaking his head, but then again, I’m intimidated by Charles Bukowski. Poetry should not be intimidating. Poets should not be intimidating. Yet surely, I cannot be the only one who finds themself shouldering the stifling mental weight of upholding the classical standards established by the canon, right? Despite popular opinion, I’m a fan of our canon. Give me Keats or give me (a painless and swift) death, but even John – considered … READ MORE…

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The Art of Disneyfication

By Alden Davis | February 6, 2019

I always loved Disney and their films growing up, and I still do; however, I’ve started to notice that a lot of their movies don’t seem to completely follow the various fairy tales, short stories, and other tales that they’re based on. Recently, I’ve done a little research and come across a phenomenon know as Disneyfication: this is a process of taking the original tale, story, or the likes, and telling their own “squeaky-clean” version. When it comes to Disney, … READ MORE…

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Four Influential 20th century Female Horror Writers

By Lauren Kennedy | October 31, 2018

When we think about modern horror, the great and disturbing Stephen King pops into most people’s minds. While King is  wonderfully spooky and influential to one of my favorite literary genres, there are also plenty of women who wrote many creepy tales that impacted the 20th century and the horror genre as a whole. Daphne du Maurier Daphne du Maurier began her writing career in the early 1930s with one of her most successful works being the Gothic novel Rebecca … READ MORE…

Dyslexia: Spell Check is for the Weak

By Zoe Wright | October 24, 2018

As an editor, it can be hard to admit that my greatest passion is also the source of one of my biggest inhibitions. A big part of this stems from the fact that not many people are vocal about learning disorders, and those who are aren’t always the most constructive. I’ve known from an early age that I am dyslexic. Even though this isn’t anything world-ending, or even something that’s necessarily complicated, I’ve noticed that there is still a significant … READ MORE…

“Where are you from?”

By Edward Callery | October 17, 2018

While easy enough to answer for most people, it exists to some of us as one of the most complicated questions in our lives. It’s an impossibly loaded interrogation that has been long embodied in the small-talk canon, not taking into account a large number of factors that may distort the reply, and not caring. It demands a simple answer, a recognizable place on the map. It doesn’t take into account those of us that just don’t know, whether it … READ MORE…

A Little Like Magic

By Brooklyn Davidson | October 10, 2018

An orange flyer hung on the wall, it’s bold words issuing a challenge. Read one hundred books; win one hundred dollars. I was a third grader with fifty-two cents in my pocket and only a Razor scooter to my name. One hundred dollars sounded like a fortune. Little did I know, I would be getting something worth more than a hundred dollars. The school librarian dropped a stack of stapled papers on the table and called us to attention. Entry … READ MORE…

Being the Black Girl

By Kyra Foreman | October 3, 2018

Writing has been a part of my life since I learned cursive in the third grade, but I didn’t fall madly in love with it until well into my high school years, where I was often known as the “Black One” or “That Black Girl with the Weird Hair.” Writing became the channel that I never knew I needed. I struggled with my identity as a Black girl and what it means to be black. People often tried to quantify … READ MORE…

Parenting is Editing

By Timi Matlack | September 26, 2018

Editing and parenting are essentially the same craft. As in editing, I spend hours “correcting” mistakes, problems, and critical thinking errors only to have my work ignored or disregarded. As in editing, all my modifications are considered mere suggestions up for negotiation. Consider this argument I had with my daughter: She wanted to play outside in the nude. Social convention requires me, as a parent, to discourage public nudity; however, bargaining with a three-year-old is not as easy as employing … READ MORE…

Where are the LGBT+ Characters?

By Mel Blasingame | September 19, 2018

How many protagonists can you count off the top of your head that can be labeled as canonly gay, asexual, bisexual, transgender, etc.? It’s hard, isn’t it? As an avid reader in high school, I found the library’s stock of novels that showcased an LGBT+ protagonist to be almost nonexistent. There were a few books scattered here and there that hinted at it, sure—a non-focus character comes out at the very end, or maybe someone mentions the subject once in … READ MORE…

How to Make a Million Bucks

By Jordon Whipkey | September 12, 2018

I discovered my passion for writing by accident. I didn’t have a passion for writing right away, but I had the confidence to be the best. Writing was a huge part of my life during high school. In high school I won a poetry contest celebrating Oklahoma’s centennial celebration, which culminated in earning a college scholarship for creative writing. With my scholarship secured, I decided to pursue a church music degree at a Christian university instead of a writing degree. If … READ MORE…

Intersections – What it Means to Me

By Caitlin Carnall | September 5, 2018

Diversity in Literature: Intersections Literature is a preserved collection of the human experience. It transfers thoughts and ideas into a shareable medium. Literature by nature is diverse, but does it represent the expanse of the human condition? Does it provide a truly collaborative snapshot, or merely the most popular narrative? We are all humans, and like literature, exist in a variety of forms. We are diverse in race, gender, ethnicity, sexuality, culture, socioeconomic status, political beliefs, occupation, etc. Literature helps … READ MORE…

Throw Away Your Television

By Logan Cohen | August 31, 2018

“That day when our minds roam free, We began to live without agenda. That beautiful release for you and me, We can all flourish in beautiful hacienda. Where we do not live by another decree, And we can relax in peace. Outgrow our nervous nature, And we will find peace of mind, As far as can be seen Not a worry is in sight, And not one involuntary notion, Not a single distraction from divine delight.”