Freelance Work: How to earn extra money as an undergraduate writer or artist

If you’re an undergraduate writer or artist, you’ve probably considered ways to put your creative skills to use to gain job experience (especially now that it’s summer), particularly ways that will provide some sort of income—college is expensive, after all. Some of these include internships or part-time jobs, or if you’re lucky and have the … Continue reading Freelance Work: How to earn extra money as an undergraduate writer or artist

Using University Writing Centers as a Creative Writer

Many writers go to university writing centers for help with academic writing, such as essays and assignments for classes, but what about creative writing? Writing centers, like the Oakland University Writing Center (OUWC), provide an invaluable resource to writers looking to improve their ability and their papers; however, many writers may not consider that the … Continue reading Using University Writing Centers as a Creative Writer

Life as a Writer and Creator with Depression: A Reflection

Depression is something I have struggled with for a while, it was never the easiest thing to help those in my life truly understand, as well as myself, so to give my  heart and mind some sort of healing, I would write about everything, especially about my depression. My grandmother had been sick with cancer, … Continue reading Life as a Writer and Creator with Depression: A Reflection

But I Don’t Want to Teach: A Meditation on Graduating with an English Degree

In just two short weeks, I will be walking across the stage at commencement. I will have a huge grin on my face, searching the crowed for my family, and praying to every God imaginable that I don’t trip. I will be ecstatic that I have finally accomplished my dream. All of that is to … Continue reading But I Don’t Want to Teach: A Meditation on Graduating with an English Degree

Why You Should Look Back at the Stories You Wrote as a Kid

  Ah, kids.  They say the craziest things.  They also tell the most interesting, compelling stories that make absolutely no sense at all.  Or at least, I did when I was a kid. I have a box in my basement that’s just full of weird stories I wrote when I was younger—a kingdom of cats … Continue reading Why You Should Look Back at the Stories You Wrote as a Kid

Sappho in Paris: The Poetic Value of Lexical Cosmopolitanism

Despite the occasional vague pronoun reference or f-bomb, I've always fancied myself a relatively articulate and polite English speaker (growing up so close to Canada has its consequences). En français, however, I undergo a Jekyll-like transformation from Midwestern Judith Martin to angry truck driver doing stand up for the French navy. A typical conversation is … Continue reading Sappho in Paris: The Poetic Value of Lexical Cosmopolitanism