Archive for April, 2014

A Writer I Admire: Stephen King; or, What “It” Taught Me about Audiences (Hint: It’s not that they all float)

I probably couldn’t have gone more pop culture for a writer that I admire than Mr. King. Nonetheless, Stephen King is my writer that I admire most in the world. King’s major addition to horror is not simply creating horror novels so bizarre and scary that they seem like the fever dreams of a sick […]

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Writing Tips from Flannery O’Connor

Though most of the writing we work with in the CWE is academic, we encourage everyone to bring in creative projects they might be working on as well! With that in mind, here are some tips to keep you focused during longer projects from one of my favorite writers, Flannery O’Connor. These are excerpts from […]

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A Writer I Admire

While all of my colleagues at the CWE are excellent writers, I’ve decided to dedicate this blog entry to one in particular who has continually impressed me during our two years together in the English graduate program.  So, this comic (appropriately posted on the last day of April) is dedicated to Emily for her ability […]

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writers I’ve learned from: Gaiman & Saunders

I feel that my own identity as a writer is actually an amalgamation of nearly every writer whose work I’ve ever read, which I’d like to believe is true of most other writers as well—quite simply, I believe we learn through imitation. The technical, writing-studies-world term for this is “modeling.” By modeling others’ writing style […]

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A writer I’ve learned from – Kurt Vonnegut

Through “Slaughterhouse Five” Kurt Vonnegut taught me that humor is an effective way to write about serious issues or events that aren’t very funny at all.  Vonnegut was an American prisoner of war in WWII and was being held by German soldiers  in a slaughterhouse basement in Dresden, Germany when US planes firebombed the city […]

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