Monday, January 17, 2011

New Fiction Writing Workshop

Hey Creative Writers! One of our club mentors, Prof. Laura Tanenbaum asked if we would share some exciting info on a new course she will be teaching at LaGCC Spring I 2011. Register ASAP if you're interested!

Fiction Writing Workshop
ENG 276.5672
Mondays and Wednesdays, 6-7:30 PM

Distilled moments, chance encounters, the internal thought and the external action, the spoken and the unspoken, the familiar made strange and the strange made familiar: in this class we will explore the boundless possibilities of short fiction. Students will be encouraged to experiment with a variety of forms and techniques, share their work with one another, give and receive constructive feedback, and to take risks throughout the writing and revision process.

We will use a reader containing short fiction (and some creative non-fiction) by a range of writers with diverse backgrounds and styles, including Jorge Luis Borges, Dorothy Allison, Sherman Alexie, Jamaica Kincaid, John Dos Passos, Raymond Carver and Miranda July. We will use these writers as inspiration, as idea-generators and as the jumping off point for a variety of writing projects.

We will undertake writing exercises and games that explore such elements of fiction as character, dialogue, description, plot, time, and place, using techniques and elements including collage, found texts, observation, chance, and collaboration. Throughout we will focus on multiple and overlapping elements of the writing process, with a special emphasis on the various possible approaches to revision.

All students will have the opportunity to have selected work published in a chapbook that will be created by the group. We will also discuss other opportunities for publication.

Please feel free to contact Prof. Tanenbaum at with questions.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Final Club Meeting for Fall I 12/8

Hello Creative Writers,

Next Wednesday 12/8 is the final official meeting of the LaGuardia CC Creative Writing Club. During this meeting we will be having our holiday luncheon, which will include both hot and cold refreshments and food. Also, club president Jennifer Phanomrat will be bringing homemade goodies.

In addition, since we have had low turnout for our meetings in the past 2 weeks , we have extended our deadline for submissions to our chapbook. The new, hard deadline will be next Wednesday. We are requesting that all submissions be made electronically to the club's email address. If we fail to get at least 20 submissions, which may include multiple submissions by members, we will not publish the chapbook for this semester. Instead we will have a chapbook for the Spring. The Spring chapbook would be inclusive of submissions from the entire 2010-2011 academic year.

Additionally, since it is the holiday season, we would like to bring up 2 important events that are going on at LaGuardia. There is a coat drive sponsored by the Honors Program, Phi Theta Kappa, and the LaGuardia Catholic Student Association. There are donation boxes in the E, M, and C buildings. Also there is a food drive sponsored by the Natural Applied Sciences Dept, Nursing Club and the Godian Fellowship. The donations go to a food pantry located in S Jamaica, Queens run as a non-profit by an elderly woman. They are seeking cash donations and canned food. We are asking all members who attend the final meeting to contribute at least $1 or one can of food, which will then be taken to the Nursing Lab by the club officers.

Please try to attend this final meeting as we also intend to hold club elections. If we do not have all 6 positions completed, this will delay re-certification and may lead to the demise of the club. If you are interested in keeping the club alive or have a desire to run for a position, make every effort to attend.

We really hope to see you all there! It has been a fun semester and we plan on continuing to meet informally during Fall II. So please try to make it and bring a friend. Also faculty and staff are welcome to join us, so spread the word!

Much Thanks and Season's Greetings,
The Creative Writing Club

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Meeting Agenda for Wednesday November 17th

Tomorrow 11/17/10, the club will be meeting to workshop our best Court Square lines into a collaborative piece. There will also be some student readings. Pizza and refreshments will be served! See you all in room M-317 between 2-4pm.

Monday, October 18, 2010

Live Poetry Reading This Week!!!

This week the LaGuardia CC Creative Writing Club is proud to sponsor a live poetry reading by Steven Zultanski. Steven Zultanski is the author of Pad (Make Now Press, 2009) and Copkisser (BookThug, forthcoming 2010) and the editor of President's Choice magazine. He holds an MFA from the University of Massachusetts - Amherst and is currently completing doctoral work at the University of Buffalo. He teaches at New Jersey City University. Come hear a reading of his work followed by a short Q&A session. Refreshments will be served. Space is limited so try to arrive early!

The reading will be held during club hours, Wednesday, October 20, 2010 from 2-4pm in room M-317. Hope to see you there!

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Meeting for 9/29

Next week Wednesday 9/29 is Club Fair. The Creative Writing Club is going to have a table, with a TV and DVD player. Come stop by and sign up. See all the new goings on. In addition, there may still be a club meeting in our new room M-317. If there is a meeting we will send out an email to all those on our list no later than Monday evening. We look forward to seeing you all either at the fair or the meeting or both!

Monday, May 24, 2010

Notes on our Metting for 5/19

For anyone who was not able to attend the club meeting on 5/19, the following is a list of topics we discussed:
- The Club Blog: Pretty much no one was aware of the fact that the club even had a blog. We talked about different uses for the blog, with the best just being a place to keep an online account of meeting minutes and to make announcements regarding club activities and/or cancellations.
- SAC Proposal for Fall 2010: We talked about making a more robust proposal to the Student Activities Council in order to cover all food costs, the cost of a possible magazine or chapbook, and the fees related to any speakers who our club would like to hire.
- Forum: We also floated the idea of an online club forum where those members who choose to submit pieces of writing can do so and receive comments and feedback. I will be setting this up this week so that over the summer, in lieu of meetings, we can still have members contribute their work.
- Magazine/book: We mentioned the possible creation of a club magazine or book. It would consist of the collected works of club members. We discussed the possible sale of the publication to help cover any club costs which would not be covered through our SAC proposal.
- Email List: We decided that it would be best to have an active e-mail list going to alert club members of any schedule changes and also to lay out the week's agenda so that members could have some writing prepared for the meeting. I will work with the mentors to get the emails that have been provided by current members. Also you can e-mail me @ Once the club starts up again in the fall, we will be asking for emails during each meeting.
- Club Activities: We also talked about different activities that could be done during club hours such as free writes, writing exercises, workshops, readings, speakers, etc. Nothing has been finalized but we are open to suggestions as always.
- Officer positions: Additionally, the officers for the Fall Session decided that if possible and if it does not affect the status of our club charter, that we would be willing to hold elections again during the first fall meeting in order to allow for more of a consensus.

There may have been a few other items discussed. Honest this was all I could remember. Since our mentors were not present, it was technically an informal meeting and no official business was conducted. At this week's meeting, we will take a vote on the minutes from last week in order to proceed to new business. If you have any additional suggestions, please email me or come to club with your ideas.


Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Meeting on 5/19

Just to inform our members, today 5/19 our mentors will not be able to attend the meeting. We are still going to meet however. I today think would be a good time to finally discuss the direction of the club for the next semester, since we didn't get to do so last time. Also, if anyone has written anything that you would like to share, today would be a great day since we won't have any poetry to critique. Look forward to seeing you there!