Creative Writing

Marcella Haddad Nov 27, 2015 7:00 pm

The Slayer's Guide to Storytelling

The people you don’t like are a part of you. They have some exaggerated mannerism or quality that you dislike because, on some level, you are the same. Same goes for people that you like. Your friends have qualities that are similar to your favorite parts of yourself. At least, that’s...

Arcadia students share writing tips and styles with students in Philadelphia's Mighty Writers program.

Nov 17, 2015 Christopher Sarachilli

Arcadia, Philadelphia High School Students Come Together for Mighty Writers Open Mic

By Alexander Wells '17 When I heard about the collaboration between Arcadia students and Philadelphia’s Mighty Writers, I hardly expected to witness a rap concert in the Fireplace Lounge.   I’d imagined something more like the meet-and-greet I attended earlier in the day, where Lotus,...

Marcella Haddad Nov 11, 2015 7:00 pm

10 Steps to (Relatively) Painless Fiction Writing

For all of you aspiring writers who have ever had to face the process of actually writing something, fear not! Below is a step-by-step guide that is guaranteed to get your story written with minimum effort and maximum caffeine consumption. Step 1: Assignment You receive an assignment from...

Helen Armstrong Nov 8, 2015 7:00 pm

Confessions of an Ex-English Major

I spent my first semester of college in London, floating in a cloudy wonderland, scarfing down pasta in Italy and tapas in Spain. It was a wonderful experience. I traveled across Europe for several months and took classes in photography, journalism, and writing. It didn’t feel anything like “real...

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Nov 3, 2015 Christopher Sarachilli

Arcadia Creative Writing Program to Work with Mighty Writers

On Tuesday, Nov. 3, Arcadia’s undergraduate creative writing students will work with Philadelphia’s Mighty Writers program for a day on campus event. The event begins with a meet-and-greet at noon in the Castle Dining Room, with open mic readings set for 2-4 p.m. in the Stein Fireplace Lounge....

Marcella Haddad Oct 25, 2015 8:00 pm

Scotland's Novel Inspirations

“Is no one else freaking out about this pun?” My question was met with silence. We were walking to The Settle Inn, a pub in Stirling, Scotland. I couldn’t stop thinking about the name. “The Settle Inn!” I said again. “It’s so clever! Does no one else think this is amazing? Guys...

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Oct 19, 2015 Christopher Sarachilli

Ponder the Poet at Oct. 20 Symposium

Many have commented on the value of poetry, from poets themselves (“Poets are the unacknowledged legislators of the world,” wrote Percy Bysshe Shelley) to politicians (“If more politicians knew poetry, and more poets knew politics...the world would be a little better place in which to live,”...

Jul 8, 2015 Christopher Sarachilli

Feldman Discusses Debut Novel with

On, Stephanie Feldman, adjunct professor in the MFA of Creative Writing program, discusses the line between realism and fantasy and the use of fairy tale elements to explore trauma and memory in her debut novel, The Angel of Losses. Feldman’s novel is a Barnes & Noble Discover...

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Jul 2, 2015 Christopher Sarachilli

Inquirer: Author Bryant ’99M Receives Sibert Medal

The Philadelphia Inquirer reported that author Jen Bryant ’99M won the Robert F. Sibert Medal for her most recent picture book, The Right Word: Roget and His Thesaurus. The Right Word recounts the life of Peter Mark Roget, the British physician who created Roget’s Thesaurus. Given at the...

Jun 22, 2015 Christopher Sarachilli

Award-winning Author Beth Kephart to Lead Creative Writing Weekend, Give Reading

Visiting Writer Beth Kephart will lead writing workshops June 27-28 as part of the M.F.A. in Creative Writing program's Summer Creative Writing Institute. In addition to teaching a private master class, Kephart will read passages from her books Small Damages, Going Over, One Thing Stolen, and This...

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Video: Reading and Q&A With Poet Jericho Brown

On Feb. 11, poet Jericho Brown read selections from his award-winning debut collection, Please, and his latest release, The New Testament, to a standing-room-only crowd in the Castle Rose Room. After the readings, Brown took part in a Q&A session with Dr. Kalenda Eaton and...

Jan 14, 2015 Purnell Cropper

Arcadia Gets Geeky with Author Eric Smith ’08M, Jan. 22

By JASMINE L. HENDERSON ’15 The MFA Creative Writing program’s “Writers Return to Campus Series” presents author, blogger, and self-proclaimed geek Eric Smith ’08M on Thursday, Jan. 22, from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Commons Stein Fireplace Lounge. Cofounder of the blog Geekadelphia and the Philly Geek...