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Express Yourself Creatively

Creative writing courses offer students the opportunity to explore many forms of writing, including journals, poetry, short stories, essays, and articles. Many of these courses are taught by faculty who are published writers. Students in these creative writing courses have gone on to win writing awards and have also had their work published.

The English department also offers journalism courses. Students who enroll in a journalism course will learn the basics of writing articles and features and may have their work published in WCC's award-winning student newspaper, The Student Voice.

The WCC student newspaper, The Student Voice, is staffed by students and freelance contributors. The Voice publishes news, features and opinions as well as special sections for students' poetry and art. In winter 2000, The Voice earned 14 awards from the Michigan Community College Press Association.

In Journal Workshop, students learn classic journal writing techniques to overcome writing blocks, clarify goals, map personal history, foster personal growth and expand creative expression. While studentsí journals remain confidential, some of the private, raw material is transformed into polished pieces suitable for a wider audience, including WCC publications.

The Huron River Review, WCC’s literary magazine, has earned more than 50 national and regional awards for excellence since its inception in 2002. It is open to submissions of poetry, fiction, nonfiction, photography, and art from WCC students, faculty, and staff. The submission period is September through January every year. The magazine is published annually in April or May. For more information, contact hrr@wccnet.edu.

Blood Orange, the WCC Writing Center’s low-budget, high-quality literary magazine, is published three times a year: Fall, Winter, and Spring/Summer. It welcomes submissions of poetry, short prose (no more than 500 words), photography, and art (the magazine is printed in black and white). Each issue has a theme. For more information, contact orange@wccnet.edu.

WCC Poetry Club welcomes all poets and writers. The club’s weekly meetings are poetry workshops, and it also publishes poetry anthologies and hosts open-mic readings every year. During Fall and Winter semesters, meetings are Fridays, 5:00pm, in the Writing Center (LA 355). During Spring/Summer semester, meetings are Fridays, 1:00pm, in the Writing Center. For more information, contact tzman@wccnet.edu.

For online information on writing:

About. Com, Journals: Tips and advice on keeping all types of journals from dream journals to travel journals - http://search.about.com/fullsearch.htm?terms=journals&IAM=URL_journals

About.com Writers' Exchange: Too much good stuff for writers to list here. Information on contest, publishing, tips on writing poetry and fiction - http://freelancewrite.about.com/?once=true&

National Writing Centers Association - http://nwca.syr.edu/


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