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Week of Writing 2010 Schedule

To view the 2010 Week of Writing Contest, see here.


Overview | Location | Monday | Tuesday | Wednesday | Thursday | Friday


Overview

Monday, May 17th

Reading Marathon

11:00 am – 3:00 pm

Mandell Lobby, Creese Student Center, 33rd and Chestnut Streets

Flash Fiction

3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Mandell Lobby, Creese Student Center, 33rd and Chestnut Streets

Flash Fiction and Slam Writing Drop-in

4:15-5:15pm

5060 MacAlister

Tuesday, May 18th

The Drexel Poets

11:00 am – 12:30 pm

Mandell Lobby, Creese Student Center, 33rd and Chestnut Streets

Reading Marathon

12:30 pm – 3:00 pm

Mandell Lobby, Creese Student Center, 33rd and Chestnut Streets

Slam, Bam, Thank You Ma’am

3:30 pm – 4:50 pm

Behrakis Grand Hall, Creese Student Center, 33rd and Chestnut Streets

Creative Writing Drop-in

5:15-6:15pm

5060 MacAlister

The Smart Set presents: Meet the Editors at Drexel University

5:30 p.m. – 7: 30 pm

Landmark Americana (3333 Market St. Philadelphia, 19104)

Wednesday, May 19th

The Evolution of the Writing Machine: How Technology Has Changed Writing

11:00 am – noon

Mandell Lobby, Creese Student Center, 33rd and Chestnut Streets

Maya Open Mic

noon – 1:00 pm

Mandell Lobby, Creese Student Center, 33rd and Chestnut Streets

The Craft of Stand Up

1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Mandell Lobby, Creese Student Center, 33rd and Chestnut Streets

Humor Writing Drop-in

2:00-3:00pm

5060 MacAlister

Thursday, May 20th

University Writing Program/Saturnalia Book’s Prize Winner Reading

11:00 am – 12:30 pm

Mandell Theater, Creese Student Center, 33rd and Chestnut Streets

Poetry Writing Drop-in

3:30-4:30 pm

5060 MacAlister

Friday, May 21st

Bookfair for Literacy

10:00 am – 3:00 pm

Great Court of Main Hall

English Awards Ceremony

4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Behrakis Grand Hall, Creese Student Center, 33rd and Chestnut Streets


Location

All Week of Writing events will take place in the Creese Student Center, accessible via Chestnut Street entrances. Please check the individual events for details on which part of the Creese Student Center those events will take place within.

Campus Map


Monday, May 17th

Reading Marathon

11:00 am – 3:00 pm

Mandell Lobby, Creese Student Center, 33rd and Chestnut Streets

WoW Contest winners and Drexel’s own faculty congregate in the Mandell Theater Lobby to share their work in poetry, fiction, nonfiction, and humor. You’ll laugh; you’ll cry; you’ll be inspired.

Flash Fiction

3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Mandell Lobby, Creese Student Center, 33rd and Chestnut Streets

“For sale: baby shoes, never worn.”- Ernest Hemingway

How can writing leave us satisfied, at the same time as it leaves us wanting more? This panel will discuss the variety of flash fiction written and published. The panel members will provide tips on writing and publishing flash.

Moderator:   Miriam Kotzin, associate professor of English at Drexel University, co-directs the Certificate Program in Writing and Publishing and teaches creative writing and literature. Her fiction and poetry have been published widely in literary journals, including Confrontation, Southern Humanities Review, Mid-American Review, and Eclectica. She is a contributing editor of Boulevard and a founding editor of Per Contra:  the International Journal of the Arts, Literature and Ideas.  She is the author of two collections of poetry, Reclaiming the Dead (New American Press, 2008) and Weights & Measures (Star Cloud Press, 2009) and a collection of flash fiction, Just Desserts (Star Cloud Press, 2010).

Panelists:  David Aichenbaum, college student and flash fiction author, with publications in SmokeLong Quarterly, Hobart, deComp Magazine, and others; Randall Brown, Director of the MFA in Writing and Graduate English Literature programs at Rosemont College. Recent work has appeared or is forthcoming in Cream City Review, Quick Fiction, Gargoyle, Connecticut Review, Saint Ann’s Review,  Evansville Review, Laurel Review, and others. He is the author of the award-winning collection Mad to Live (Flume Press, 2008) and a contributor to The Rose Metal Press Field Guide  to Writing Flash Fiction: Tips from Editors, Teachers, and Writers in the  Field (Rose Metal Press, 2009).  He blogs regularly at FlashFiction.net; Jake Freivald, is editor of Flash Fiction Online and lives in New Jersey in a house teeming with life: a wife, eight kids (yes, all from said wife), two dogs, two cats, and twenty fish.

Flash Fiction and Slam Writing Drop-in

4:15-5:15pm

5060 MacAlister Hall

Do you want to write, but have trouble staying motivated (or getting started) on your own? A freewrite session could help. As you participate in low-stake writing exercises in a supportive environment, you might be surprised at how easy it is to develop ideas and get started on drafts. During each session, we will write together in response to simple prompts, and you will have the option to read your work aloud and get feedback. You’ll leave with work that you can continue on your own. You may also find that creative writing freewrite sessions can help you to stay “mentally flexible,” which can help when you’re trying to get started on other kinds of writing. This session will focus on fiction writing, and will be facilitated by Marshall Warfield and Genevieve Betts.


Tuesday, May 18th

The Drexel Poets

11:00 am – 12:30 pm

Mandell Lobby, Creese Student Center, 33rd and Chestnut Streets

A momentous occasion has occurred: five Drexel professors published books of poetry at nearly the same time. To celebrate, students in English 103 classes will be reading and discussing poems by Lynn Levin, Valerie Fox, Miriam Kotzin, Henry Israeli, Don Riggs and Harriet Levin Millan. In some classes, students will break up into teams and prepare reports. They will get a chance to contemplate not just representative poems, but the poets’ work as part of a larger milieu (the book, the range of poetic styles, the world, and so forth). They will interpret, puzzle over, consider voice, consider influences, compare, contrast, and importantly, come up with specific questions for the poets themselves. In this WoW panel event, representatives from several classes will select submitted questions and moderate a panel discussion and Q&A with the authors.

Reading Marathon

12:30 pm – 3:00 pm

Mandell Lobby, Creese Student Center, 33rd and Chestnut Streets

The conclusion of readings acknowledging the best undergraduate and faculty writing.

Slam, Bam, Thank You Ma’am

3:30 pm – 4:50 pm

Behrakis Grand Hall, Creese Student Center, 33rd and Chestnut Streets

A cross between “Whose Line is it Anyway” and Henry Rollins. The audience yells out such things as nouns, verbs adjectives and themes (come on—when do you ever get to yell themes!). The participants, who look remarkably like the audience, come up with a story, poem, joke or anthem. This event will be co-hosted by Drexel’s own Fred Siegel and Scott Warnock.

Creative Writing Drop-in

5:15-6:15pm

5060 MacAlister Hall

Do you want to write, but have trouble staying motivated (or getting started) on your own? A freewrite session could help. As you participate in low-stake writing exercises in a supportive environment, you might be surprised at how easy it is to develop ideas and get started on drafts. During each session, we will write together in response to simple prompts, and you will have the option to read your work aloud and get feedback. You’ll leave with work that you can continue on your own. You may also find that creative writing freewrite sessions can help you to stay “mentally flexible,” which can help when you’re trying to get started on other kinds of writing. This session will focus on creative writing, and will be facilitated by Elizabeth Thorpe


The Smart Set presents: Meet the Editors at Drexel University

5:30 p.m. – 7: 30 pm

Landmark Americana, 3333 Market St., Drexel Campus

The Smart Set would like to invite faculty and students to meet the editors of our many and varied publications at Drexel, such as: ASK; Drexel Publishing Group Online magazine; Journal of the African Literature Association (JALA); Journal of Modern Literature; Painted Bride Quarterly; Per Contra; Press One; Rocky Mountain Review of Language and Literature; Saturnalia Books; thesmartset.com; the Sonia Sanchez Literary Review; Table Matters; When Falls the Coliseum and others.

Please join us for cocktails and conversation at the new Landmark Americana. Cocktail buffet; Sangria, beer and wine served to those over 21.


Wednesday, May 19th

The Evolution of the Writing Machine: How Technology Has Changed Writing

11:00 am – noon

Mandell Lobby, Creese Student Center, 33rd and Chestnut Streets

Moderator: Rebecca Ingalls is an Assistant Professor specializing in Composition and Rhetoric at Drexel. Her research interests include the pedagogy of first-year writing, and the rhetoric of popular media. She has published in inventio, Academe, The Review of Education, Pedagogy, and Cultural Studies; she has articles forthcoming in the Journal of Popular Culture and the Journal of Teaching Writing.

This panel will look specifically at how technology has changed the “writing machine.” Specifically, speakers will explore the evolving role of technology in how we write, design, and market texts, and tell their own stories about how the day-to-day of writing production has changed, for better and for worse.   Tenaya Darlington is the author of Madame Deluxe, (Coffee House Press, 2000), a National Poetry Series selection, and a novel, Maybe Baby, the story of a young couple trying to raise a gender-neutral child, (Little, Brown & Co., 2004).  She is a contributing editor to the collaborative online arts journal, Born Magazine, and a professor of creative writing at St. Joseph’s University. Posting on her cheese blog (Madame Fromage) is the highlight of her day. Renee Janowicz worked as a radio news reporter for two years before moving into print, writing and editing at a daily newspaper for 10 years. For the past six years she has worked part-time as a freelance writer for newspapers, magazines, and corporate publications. With an office at home and two kids to keep track of, she gets the job done by working odd hours and communicating via technology with the rest of the world.  Henry Singer is the Senior Vice President and Managing Director of Publication Connexion  (PCX), a scientific communications and publication planning company based on Newtown, Pa. PCX supports development of peer-reviewed scientific publications and communication tools for the pharmaceutical industry. Mr. Singer has worked in publishing and communications for 17 years.  Jenny Spinner is an assistant professor of English at St. Joseph’s University in Philadelphia, where she teaches writing and journalism. She has written for NPR, The Washington Post, Pedagogy, Writing on the Edge, and Fourth Genre. She and her sister Jackie have co-authored a book titled Tell Them I Didn’t Cry: A Young Journalist’s Story of Joy, Loss, and Survival in Irag.

Maya Open Mic

noon – 1:00 pm

Mandell Lobby, Creese Student Center, 33rd and Chestnut Streets

Maya, Drexel’s own undergraduate literary magazine, continues the reading series in the Mandell Theater Lobby. This event, however, is hosted by you. All Drexel students are invited to participate by sharing their work. Reading slots tend to fill up quickly, so please email dsomaya@drexel.edu if you are interested in reading.

The Craft of Stand Up

1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Mandell Lobby, Creese Student Center, 33rd and Chestnut Streets

Playwright Bruce Graham leads a panel of Stand Up Comedians. Come, laugh, learn. Not necessarily in that order. You never know what you’re going to get when you ask a group like this how they compose their work, both before they take the stage and after. Only thing for certain is that it will be a blast. Carolyn Busa has performed at shows and clubs all over Philadelphia and was a 2009 semi-finalist in Helium Comedy Club’s Philly’s Phunniest contest. Carolyn recently headlined Collingswood NJ’s first ever comedy cabaret. The event she helped organize, raised $2000 towards a performing arts scholarship, a scholarship she herself once received.  Luke Giordano is a stand-up comedian and writer based in Philadelphia. From Knoxville, Tennesse, Luke came to Philadelphia to study Screenwriting at Drexel University and is becoming known as one of the smartest and funniest up and coming comedians in the city and surrounding area. He has performed at comedy clubs, alternative venues, and colleges in New York, Philadelphia, and up and down the east coast and currently hosts his own live monthly talk show and podcast, The Bully Pulpit, in conjunction with Philly Improv Theater. He is also the current Omniana World Champion, which is as impressive as it sounds.  David Terruso is the co-founder/co-producer of Philly Sketchfest. He was a semi-finalist in the 2009 Philly’s Phunniest Competition. His sketch comedy troupe Animosity Pierre has performed in the 2010 Chicago and San Francisco Sketchfests, and been lauded in The New York Times and on Time Magazine’s website. He was a finalist in the 2006 Set in Philadelphia Screenplay Competition.

Humor Writing Drop-in

2:00-3:00pm

5060 MacAlister Hall

Do you want to write, but have trouble staying motivated (or getting started) on your own? A freewrite session could help. As you participate in low-stake writing exercises in a supportive environment, you might be surprised at how easy it is to develop ideas and get started on drafts. During each session, we will write together in response to simple prompts, and you will have the option to read your work aloud and get feedback. You’ll leave with work that you can continue on your own. You may also find that creative writing freewrite sessions can help you to stay “mentally flexible,” which can help when you’re trying to get started on other kinds of writing. This session will focus on humor writing, and will be facilitated by Scott Stein.


Thursday, May 20th

University Writing Program/Saturnalia Book’s Prize Winner Reading

11:00 am – 12:30 pm

Mandell Theater, Creese Student Center, 33rd and Chestnut Streets

Carl Phillips and Margaret Rhonda

Poetry Writing Drop-in

3:30-4:30pm

5060 MacAlister Hall

Do you want to write, but have trouble staying motivated (or getting started) on your own? A freewrite session could help. As you participate in low-stake writing exercises in a supportive environment, you might be surprised at how easy it is to develop ideas and get started on drafts. During each session, we will write together in response to simple prompts, and you will have the option to read your work aloud and get feedback. You’ll leave with work that you can continue on your own. You may also find that creative writing freewrite sessions can help you to stay “mentally flexible,” which can help when you’re trying to get started on other kinds of writing. This session will focus on writing poetry, and will be facilitated by Harriet Millan.


Friday, May 21st

Bookfair for Literacy

10:00 am – 3:00 pm

Great Court of Main Hall

Painted Bride Quarterly’s 2nd Annual Bookfair for Literacy on Friday, May 21, 2010, will take place in the Great Court in the Main Building on Drexel University’s campus from 10 AM – 3 PM. The Main Building has pedestrian traffic of about 1,800 people per day, as well as campus tours. Main is located on the northeast corner of 32nd and Market Streets, and is the oldest building on Drexel’s campus.

The Bookfair includes the following local publications, small presses, and literary magazines:

American Poetry Review

The Baltimore Review

Cider Press Review

Hidden River Publishing/New Door Books

The Literary Review

Painted Bride Quarterly

Per Contra

Philadelphia Poets

Philadelphia Stories

Philly Fiction

Poets Wear Prada

Press One

River Poets Journal/Lilly Press

The Smart Set

Swedenborg Foundation Publishers

two.one.five magazine

This event will be free and open to the public. During the Bookfair, Painted Bride Quarterly will be sponsoring a used book exchange where all proceeds will go to Philadelphia Reads, a non-profit literacy organization. To support this effort, we are looking for new or lightly used book donations at one of our several drop-box locations around Drexel’s campus.

English Awards Ceremony

4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Behrakis Grand Hall, Creese Student Center, 33rd and Chestnut Streets

This ceremony features the 29th Annual Freshman Writing Awards, the Literature Essay Prize, the Week of Writing (WoW) Awards, and the Sigma Tau Delta Inductions. The awards are sponsored by the Erika Guenther and Gertrud Daemmrich Memorial Prizes, The Department of English and Philosophy, and the College of Arts and Sciences. Refreshments will be served.