Writing Marathon

Friday, October 7th, the English Department will be hosting the Writing Marathon from 10 A.M. to 2 P.M. beginning at Act I (424 Flynn Street). Groups will be able to wander to various businesses in downtown Alva. This provides a great opportunity to explore the Alva community while having a fun writing experience. We hope to see you there!

Story Walk

This Friday, October 7th, NWOSU Children’s Literature students and English Education students will be leading a Story Walk. The Story Walk will be in Downtown Alva’s Arts and Shopping District and will last from 5:15 P.M. to 6:15 P.M. The walk is for children ages three to five, and there will be no charge to those that would like to participate! The book for the Story Walk is titled “Mr. Duck Means Business”. The first stop will begin at the Washington School Gazebo and will conclude at the Graceful Arts Studio with treats!

Homecoming

On Saturday, October 1st, Northwestern will be celebrating homecoming with the traditional parade around the square at 10:00 AM. Before the parade begins, the English, Foreign Language, and Humanities Department will be hosting a come-and-go in the Graceful Arts Studio on the square at 523 Barnes Street. This provides both students and faculty with the opportunity to reconnect and mingle with former graduates and current students. We will be there at 9:00 AM with coffee and Ranger cookies! We would love for you to join us! The more, the merrier!

Fall Book Discussion

September 22

The English Department will be hosting a book discussion over The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien. The discussion will be led by senior English education major Charlie Wylie. Though reading the book is encouraged, it is not necessary. All that are interested are welcome to attend even if you have not read the book!

 

The discussion will take place in Vinson Hall 200 from 5:00- 6:00. See you there!

Student Musings Hit Home

Sometimes good things come in small amounts. Such was the case with the Reading Out Loud series:  Student Musings Event. Obviously the goal at any event is to have a good rate of attendance. But a smaller than average showing did nothing to stop five of NWOSU Writers Round Table student writers from sharing their works.

With genres ranging from non-fiction to Sci-Fi and both poems and short stories, this event was a wonderful mixture of creativity and talent. NWOSU has always prompted its students to work hard and share the fruits of their labor with the community, and at this reading, the community got a real treat!

Members of Writers Round Table would like to thank Graceful Arts Gallery in downtown Alva for hosting this reading. They would also like to thank their Faculty Advisor, Mrs. Dawn Allen, for her hard work for and commitment to this group.

If you are interested in participating in events like this in the future or want to learn more about Writers Round Table please contact us. We regularly post updates to our Facebook page, NWOSU Department of English, and our Twitter feed, @NWOSU_English. Please feel free to “like” or “follow” us for up-to-date information about upcoming events.

Charlie, Senior English Ed. Major
Charlie, Senior English Ed. Major
Don, Junior English Major
Don, Junior English Major
Kate, Senior English Major
Kate, Senior English Major
Mrs. Allen and Zac
Mrs. Allen and Zac
Nathan, Junior English Major
Nathan, Junior English Major
Patricia, Junior English Major
Patricia, Junior English Major
Zac, Grad Student
Zac, Grad Student

The Writing Marathon was a Success!

Spear headed by Dr. Kathryn Lane and with Staff, Student, and Community volunteers, NWOSU’s Writing Marathon was a hit! There was a great turnout to the event, and every picture shows participants enjoying themselves!

Events like this require a lot of effort and team work, and the Alva Community did a wonderful job assisting with this event. From volunteers to small businesses offering places for Marathoners to write, the Marathon would not have been possible without the support of the local community.

We would like to thank each and every person and business that helped with the Writing Marathon along with the fantastic Marathoners who made hosting this event so fun!

If you are interested in participating in events like this one in the future please contact us. We regularly post updates to our Facebook page, NWOSU Department of English, and our Twitter feed, @NWOSU_English. Please feel free to “like” or “follow” us for up-to-date information about upcoming events.

A group of students hard at work.
A group of students hard at work.
Dr. Lane giving the Marathoners some tips and tricks.
Dr. Lane giving the Marathoners some tips and tricks.
Students in Graceful Arts writing
Students in Graceful Arts writing

The Marcia Preston Reading was Wonderful!

The English Department is pleased to announce that the Marcia Preston reading went well! We had a great turnout with a number of students and faculty members joining us to hear Preston read. Preston read from several of her books, including The Wind Comes Sweeping and Butterfly House, and was generous enough to hold a question and answer time. With a calm but carrying voice, Preston was able to weave a spell that placed the listeners right where she wanted them: engrossed in her stories.

 

In addition to attending the reading, Preston spoke to a 4000 level Creative Writing Class about the process of publishing, inspiration, and a variety of other topics the budding writer’s found fascinating. Each student after the class said that Preston had more than surpassed any expectations and that they had thoroughly enjoyed the class period. Preston also spoke at a Writers Round Table meeting. Writers Round Table is a student creative writing group. Members of Writers Round Table reported that they too had been thoroughly impressed with Preston and expressed their gratefulness for her taking time out of her schedule to meet with them.

 

Before we close, we would like to first thank Marcia Preston for taking the time to come to Northwestern Oklahoma State University. We loved having you here! Second, we would like to invite any students or community members who are interested in participating in events like this one in the future to contact us. We regularly post updates to our Facebook page, NWOSU Department of English, and our Twitter feed, @NWOSU_English. Please feel free to “like” or “follow” us for up-to-date information about upcoming events.

Marcia Preston
Marcia Preston
Marcia Preston reading from Butterfly House
Marcia Preston reading from Butterfly House
Dr. Kathryn Lane and Natalie Sacket, Senior English Major, introduce Marcia Preston.
Dr. Kathryn Lane and Natalie Sacket, Senior English Major, introduce Marcia Preston.
Students waiting for the Marcia Preston Reading
Students waiting for the Marcia Preston Reading