Saturday Workshop: Writing Vivid Villains

Hello. Is it us you’re looking for? Good. Good. Despite rumors to the contrary, the operators of this site are neither dead nor sacked, and they are (in fact) planning your doom a brand new series of Saturday Workshops and content posts for the 2019-2020 academic year. The first of those Saturday Workshops is just around the proverbial corner–assuming that corner is September 21st. Do you see it? Lurking. Waiting (a little too impatiently for our tastes, mind you). Standing outside your window with an (obviously) Bluetooth-capable Bose speaker over its head, blasting [insert modern-day romantic music here] like that one guy did in that movie long, long ago. He even wore a trench coat. It was pretty sweet. Do you know what else is sweet? Transitions.

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In the first Saturday workshop of the new academic year, we will discuss what traits make a complex and compelling villain. Attendees will evaluate villains in film and literature and examine the often complicated relationship between antagonist and protagonist while using writing strategies to create their own caustic characters. Everyone leaves with a bad guy!

Saturday workshops are free and open to the public. Sometimes, water bottles and store-bought pastries spontaneously generate right there in the room.

  • What: Writing Vivid Villains with Jayme Cook
  • When: Saturday, September 21st from 10AM to 12PM
  • Where: GCC Main Campus, Room LA-141
  • Why: Give us your heart Attend the workshop. We’ll give you a pen We’ll help you craft a villain.
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Reminder! Saturday Workshop: Poem in Your Pocket

April is national poetry month, and this Saturday morning workshop will celebrate poetry! Poem in Your Pocket Day is part of the National Poetry month celebration, and we are going to celebrate this day at GCC. Come to this workshop with a poem in your pocket–or in your purse, your backpack, your hand. However you bring it doesn’t really matter, but choose a poem that can fit on one page. It can be a poem that you or someone else has written. Our task will be to analyze the short poem–the pocket-length poem–to see how it works. What techniques do poets use to impact the reader in a short space? We will explore the answers to this question and try a few techniques of our own.

All of our Saturday Workshops are free and open to the public.

  • What: Poem in Your Pocket Day, facilitated by Kimberly Williams
  • When: Saturday, April 6th from 10AM to 12PM
  • Where: GCC Main Campus, LA-141
  • Why: Because it’s our final workshop for Spring!

 

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Reminder: Be Funny, Make Money (March 6th)

We are just a few days away from our Humorous Poetry Contest and our celebratory reading for the 2018-2019 Traveler winners. A few of our literary winners from this year’s Traveler will lead off the night, sharing their winning work. Afterwards, participants in the Humorous Poetry Contest will read/perform their funniest, most creative poetry, making us laugh and smile and snort.

Come to compete, come to listen, come to support this great opportunity for the GCC writing community!

  • What: Humorous Poetry Contest (The Randy Smith Award for Humorous Poetry)
  • When: Wednesday, March 6th from 7 to 9PM
  • Where: GCC Main Campus, in SU-104 (A, B, C)
  • Why: First place wins $100

This event is free and open to the public, but contest participants must be GCC students. We do not restrict the subjects of creative works.

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Saturday Workshop: What Do Your Characters Want?

What do your characters want? What do they really want? What pushes them through their narratives? What are the motives for the crazy shenanigans that they get themselves into? What are the motivations behind their motivations?

Our characters may not know the answers to these questions, but we should. In fact, if we want them to be believable and relatable we have to know them and understand them better than they know and understand themselves. Let’s pick apart some fictional personas together so that we can try and understand what makes them tick—and in the process, try to learn what makes our own characters tick.

Saturday workshops are free and open to the public. Often, low-cost, yet impressive pastries will be provided.

  • What: What Do Your Characters Want? with David Martinez
  • When: Saturday, March 2nd from 10AM to 12PM
  • Where: GCC Main Campus, Room LA-141
  • Why: Did you see the line about low-cost pastries?
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These are not the pastries you will be getting.

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Traveler Winners for 2018-2019

It is with great pleasure that we announce the literary selections for the 2018-2019 issue of Traveler, GCC’s Arts & Literary Magazine. From roughly 100 submissions, the following pieces have been selected for publication:

Creative Nonfiction

  • First Place: Charlie Bickel for “Creosote”
  • Second Place: Jordan Johnson for “Free Tea Day”
  • Third Place: Persephone Pilibossian for “The Price of Fitness”

Fiction

  • First Place: Malka Daskal for “Princes in All the Earth”
  • Second Place: Mindee Bahr for “Without Child”
  • Third Place: Raushan Mateen for “The Library of Peace”
  • Honorable Mention: Dawn Gibbs for “Hatching Day”
  • Honorable Mention: Lynne MacVean for “Memorette Gum”

Poetry

  • First Place: Persephone Pilibossian for “Reaching”
  • Second Place: Persephone Pilibossian for “What is Due”
  • Third Place: Jordan Johnson for “Mile Marker Eleven”
  • Honorable Mention: Cynthia Herda for “Got Faith?”
  • Honorable Mention: Cynthia Herda for “Imagine the Wind”

Our student staff, judges, and coordinator would like to express what an honor it has been to read all of the submissions. For those that were not selected for publication this time, please know that we value the opportunity to review your work, and we hope you will submit again for our next issue. Submissions will open up once more in Fall 2019.

We hope everyone joins Traveler staff and our literary selections for a celebratory reading on March 6th, from 7 to 9PM in SU-104 (GCC Main). Our student writers will read from their winning work. Also that night we will be holding a competition for our Randy Smith Award in Humorous Poetry (read more about that here). Between our Traveler readers and our humorous poetry competitors, we hope to have a fun and rewarding celebration of the creativity here at Glendale Community College.

The 2018-2019 issue will be available in print later this Spring. Thank you to all who submitted, and congratulations, once more, to our winners.

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Scholarship: The Randy Smith Award for Humorous Poetry

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Event: Poetry on the Patio

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