Today, we are going to simulate an out-of- body experience through writing. Write a complete narration of a day in your life from an omniscient perspective. Sit beside yourself in your office, home, or wherever you are or were. Observe your mood and activities without interfering (attempting to embellish or exaggerate). Walk with yourself; notice … Continue reading Writing Prompt: The God-Perspective
Wrecked: Found Poetry
Tell me the story.
The “Lit” Crawl: A Creative Writing Workshop
Explore the elements of storytelling on location at some of the region’s famed cultural and historical sites. This course focuses on writing as a lived experience both inside and outside of the classroom. Class meets every week, alternating between in-class and off site excursions. Enjoy inspiration with visits to the Missouri Botanical Garden, Missouri History … Continue reading The “Lit” Crawl: A Creative Writing Workshop
LitCrawl: People Watching
Playground It is not a fair but children are playing there, On swing sets and red asphalt surrounded by overgrown weeds and tall swaying trees. It is not fair but an elder gentleman sleeps there, In gold buckled black loafers and dress socks, Basketball shorts with his arms folded in a knot. It is a … Continue reading LitCrawl: People Watching
Where the Hell is Larry?
Ways to Stay Engaged with Your Writing Why do we write? Presumably, it is because we have something to say. When the muse kisses us, whether in a classroom, sitting in a garden, at museum, or right before we get out of bed on an early Saturday morning, we are set alight and nothing can … Continue reading Where the Hell is Larry?
Missouri History Museum
Is it true that only trouble is interesting? Why or why not?
Spring 2019 Reading List
Registration opens on January 7th and class starts on February 2nd. Don't miss out on the opportunity to a build a firm foundation for your writing. Join us as we demystify the writing process through experimentation with style and structure. To sign up click here http://stlcc.edu/CE .
Writing Prompt: Empress Wu Zetian
You live in 7th century China during the reign of Empress Wu Zetian. As chief advisor to the empress, your job is to be her eyes and ears among the courtiers. Though she has purged the royal court of those who openly took issue with her legitimacy as a ruler, there are still those that … Continue reading Writing Prompt: Empress Wu Zetian
Writing Prompt: H.M.S. Erebus
You are a crew member of the H.M.S. Erebus which is frozen in an ice trap along the Northern Passage. The captain is dead and half the crew want to leave the ship to search for food. The others do not. What do you do? Want more prompts like this? Join the Write Now Creative … Continue reading Writing Prompt: H.M.S. Erebus
Lit Crawl: St. Louis Public Library (Central)
For our third and final LitCrawl destination, we will visit the St. Louis Public Library Central location downtown. Throughout the course, we have discussed how to brainstorm ideas, build a working outline, and decide which narrative arcs to follow or avoid. For this class assignment, you will take your chosen piece from our in class … Continue reading Lit Crawl: St. Louis Public Library (Central)
Labor Leaders Exhibit
The Workers' Rights are Human Rights: Labor Leaders Past and Present essay and poster are exhibit is now open and traveling between St. Louis Community College campuses. The exhibit which is available online @ laborleadersexhibit.com, features poster art and essays created by STLCC honors students, guest artists, and visiting scholars. The works are dedicated to … Continue reading Labor Leaders Exhibit
Poem Type: Limerick Current Event: #dearMoon By DeBuggy Bug I choose to go to the Moon in 2023, Treasures of my choosing shall accompany, I have paid for a dream ship, Billions for a space trip, This might be the end of me in 2023.
Dummy Doll Lover
by Daphne M. Rivers Lothario, Lothario, poor boy being flung about, by a two-foot terror in white ribbons. He keeps a smile all the while, with pounding fist and parted lips, She beats that pretty face till it cracks then gives. Spoiling her Sunday best as She stoops in the dust, in cotton dress baptized … Continue reading Dummy Doll Lover
Suggested Audio: Edgar Allen Poe
“When, indeed, men speak of Beauty, they mean, precisely, not a quality, as is supposed, but an effect ...” - Edgar Allen Poe
Lit Crawl: Lesson 01
Expected weather: Partial sunshine 76° /32°F with sunshine. If the weather forecast does not drastically change, on Saturday 9/22/18 class will meet at the Missouri Botanical Garden in the main lobby at 9 a.m. Directions will be posted in Slack. If you have any concerns about accessibility or transportation please let me know so that … Continue reading Lit Crawl: Lesson 01
Spring 18′ In-class Final Assignment
For the final section of our spring workshop, my students and I explored the topic of creative technical writing. We defined what technical writing is, how it is used and identified examples of it in our everyday lives. Consequentially, we also discussed examples of ineffective technical writing, see “How Ikea Instructions Could Go from … Continue reading Spring 18′ In-class Final Assignment
Where Do They Get It From?
Ever wonder where some of your favorite works of "street lit" got their inspiration for sex, violence, and tragedy from? This summer we'll revisit some the Bard's most famous works. To sign up click here http://stlcc.edu/CE .
Suggested Reading List
To craft compelling and believable narratives about urban dwelling, it is imperative to have a good grasp of how it is experienced and portrayed in both fiction and nonfiction. Here are some of my favorite reads to draw inspiration from.
Summer Urban Literature Class
Ever wonder what the surveillance state has in store for the future? Wanna write about it?
Registration for Summer Urban Literature Class
This course is for aspiring urban fiction or “street lit” writers looking to hone their storytelling skills. We will explore the key themes of the genre that make for compelling and engaging storytelling. Learn how to develop narratives about life in the big cities which address, gender, violence, social politics. We will discuss representations of … Continue reading Registration for Summer Urban Literature Class