Sunday, November 7, 2010
We would like to extend to you an invitation to take part in the relaunch of The Clockhouse Review.
For those unfamiliar with CR, it was a literary journal established almost a decade ago that exclusively featured work by alumni of Goddard College's MFA program in creative writing. Unfortunately, in its first incarnation, CR didn't have a very long run because life got in the way for the editors.
But now CR is making its comeback.
Thanks to the generous support of the Clockhouse Writers Conference and some good words from the ever-faithful Paul Selig, we're assembling a new volume that will serve as the first in a new annual series.
We have a ton of logistics to work out for CR, but we agree that the most important thing is to get the publication up and running. To that end, for this first edition, we are soliciting submissions from folks who've attended CWC during the past few years-and our general rule is this: If you attended, and we're inviting you to submit, then we're pretty much going to include what you send us.
As you're making your choice about what to send, though, please keep in mind that this first issue is intended to be a showcase. Not only will it set the bar for future issues, the college will use it for recruitment purposes for prospective students. As a result, this first issue of CR needs to shine. (Yes, of course ALL issues will need to shine, but as the old cliché goes, we only get one chance to make a first impression.) For that reason, we do reserve the right to ask you to submit something different should we deem it necessary.
In the future, we'll have a more formal process in place to judge submissions blindly. We'll include an outline of that process, along with deadlines, in the first issue. You get a free pass for this first issue, though, as a way to reward you for your past loyalty to and participation in CWC.
All submissions should be original. No previously published work will be accepted.
Simultaneous submissions are not acceptable (because, as we explained, if you send it, the chances are pretty high that we're going to publish it).
Prose writers may submit contributions up to 4,000 words long. Novel excerpts are acceptable so long as they are self-contained. Memoirs, essays, and other works of creative nonfiction are also acceptable. Book reviews and works of literary criticism are not. At this time, we are not able to accept translations, either.
Poets may submit up to three poems.
Short one-act plays or self-contained scenes from a longer play are acceptable.
For graphic narratives, you may submit up to ten pages of artwork so long as the story is self-contained. Graphic art should be submitted as a high-resolution PDF.
Submissions should be sent electronically as Microsoft Word documents.
Submissions should be accompanied by a brief biography.
E-mail submissions to:
Please label the subject line of the e-mail "Clockhouse submission."
Submission deadline in December 15.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact either of us. In the meantime, we look forward to hearing from you and promoting your work.
Tim Kenyon, MFA '99
Chris Mackowski, MFA '01
Wednesday, November 3, 2010
Limit yourself to no more than 250 words and then send your piece to me (firstname.lastname@example.org) to post here.
You may wish to support Goddard, the Red Cross, a church, the Humane Society, a political party, your local school, the American Cancer Society, or Your Favorite Charity.
Have fun, and please remember to send me the piece to post here!
Monday, October 4, 2010
Have a beginning, a middle, and an end.
Set at timer for 10 minutes and then quit.
Write no more than 100 words.
Don't use any form of the verb to be.
No rants, please.
Write a piece of Flash Fiction, a Flash Poem, or a Flash Essay.
N.B.: Having only 10 minutes, anything you write is going to be rough. That's GOOD! It gives you something to polish.
Have fun, and good luck.
Oh, the prize. You will receive satisfaction at having completed a task.
Tuesday, August 31, 2010
Decide on an offbeat super-power (flying is a pretty common power and you are far more creative than that).
Set your timer for TEN minutes.
Write a prose or verse piece that utilizes the superpower you have chosen.
This might be an essay about what you would do, a piece of fiction in which a character has the power, or a poem about the power.
When you are finished, post your piece in comments below or send it to me (email@example.com) and I'll post it here.
By the way, I create these writing exercises every month and I never see any response. Please post them so I know I'm not wasting my time.
Sunday, August 1, 2010
Because we are so rushed, we often speak in shorthand.
This month, create a shorthand acronym, a shorthand abbreviation suitable for twitter, or a shorthand family definition.
Examples: of an acronym - SONAR (SOund NavigationAnd Ranging)
. . . of an abbreviation - LOL -Laughing Out Loud
. . . of family shorthand - pulling a Brenda
Now it's your turn.
When you have one figured out - one you might consider using in your writing, prose or verse - please post it under commentsbelow.
Monday, July 12, 2010
Tuesday, July 6, 2010
Front row: Janet Bloom, Darlene Olivo, Kathryn Cullen-DuPont, Catherine Chambers, Jen McConnell
Monday, July 5, 2010
Thursday, July 1, 2010
Friday, March 12, 2010
Sam Sherman will moderate this year's Plenary Panel to kick off the Clockhouse Writers' Conference and Retreat East at 7:45 June 29.
The topic for this year is Striving for Balance in Writing, and the scheduled presenters will be Kimberly Beam, Val Carnevale, and Susanna Graham-Pye.Register for CWC-East here.