“Places are never just places in a piece of writing. If they are, the author has failed,” author Carmen Maria Machado insists. “Setting is not inert. It is activated by point of view.”
Whether we land our readers in Hogwarts or in Wonderland, at 221B Baker Street, London or 31 Spooner Street, Quahog, Rhode Island, whether they witness the unraveling tales of Derry, Maine or of Forks, Washington, the setting of a story does more than simply mark a spot on a real or fictional map. As Machado notes, setting is often overlooked, but it plays a crucial role in the creation of a story, and in some stories, setting is a role in the story; it becomes a character all its own.
Come join the Saturday Workshop to discuss the necessity of setting, examine the effects of setting on plot, and to garner techniques for creating parallels between setting and other integral story elements like characters, foreshadowing, symbolism, and theme.
Excuse the dust, but we are happy to announce that our Saturday Morning Workshops are back up and running as of Fall 2022. The first of three planned workshops is on Saturday, September 24th. These workshops are free and open to the public, as always. Tell your friends, family, enemies, pets, random passersby in the street, telemarketers, what-have-you. Details below!
After extensive review of nearly 100 submissions, we are happy to announce the selections for our Traveler: Arts & Literary Magazine. Congratulations to our selected authors, and thank you to everyonewho submitted. We are honored to read your work, and we hope that you will continue to submit your creations to Traveler during your time at GCC. Thank you, as well, to our student readers and our faculty and community judges. We could not do this without you!
1st Place: Half Life, by Carol Powell
2nd Place: Cuyahoga Cuspidor Company, by Peter Faur
3rd Place: I’m Afraid, by Jack Nichols
Honorable Mention: Call Me Bathysklera, by Francis Wiget
Honorable Mention: You Get What You Pay For, by Francis Wiget
1st Place: Paper Jungle, by Angela Lilu
2nd Place: God Loves Ugly, by Chuck Wan
3rd Place: The Lynx Lake Trail, by Joselyn Maria Lopez
1st Place: Fury, by Abbigayle McCall
2nd Place: The Lonely Trees, by Joselyn Maria Lopez
3rd Place: To Sleep in a Sea of Stars, by Abbigayle McCall
Honorable Mention: Enochs, by Payton Sparks
Honorable Mention: A Box of Memories, by Joselyn Maria Lopez
1st Place: A Primer on Kimmerian Witchcraft, by Francis Wiget
The deadline to submit your creative work to The Traveler, GCC’s Arts & Literary Journal, is quickly approaching. Submit your stories, poems, creative essays, and plays by Sunday, December 5th to be considered for publication.
Today (11/24) is the deadline for Maricopa’s Artists of Promise writing contest. If you are an active student in any of the Maricopa Community College District’s schools, such as GCC, you are eligible to enter. You can submit one entry in each of the following categories: fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, and one-act play/drama. If you have questions, or trouble submitting, you can email email@example.com
There’s still time to register for and attend this event! Author David Yetman discusses his book Natural Landmarks of Arizona. November 9th at 3:00PM. Sponsored by the University of Arizona Press. Learn more and register here.
2021-22 Artists of Promise: Creative Writing Competition
Each year, the Maricopa Community Colleges sponsor a districtwide competition to encourage and recognize student achievement in the following categories:
Winning students will receive cash awards, be published in Maricopa’s literary magazine, Passages, and be recognized at the virtual Artists of Promise Event during the Spring of 2022.
Also, the first-place winners in each category will be submitted by the district to then compete at the National Level in the League of Innovation in the Community Colleges Creative Writing Competition.
Winners will be notified in early February 2022 by the Maricopa Center for Learning & Innovation (MCLI).
First-place work in each category will be recognized at the Virtual Artists of Promise performance scheduled for Spring 2022.
All awards will be issued via student accounts in SIS shortly after the Artists of Promise gala.
$300 for first place
$200 for second place
$100 for third place
Additionally, First Place winners will be entered in the League for Innovation in the Community College’s National Student Literary Competition and be required to complete League application materials, which will be provided by the MCLI.
Application Close Date: Wednesday, November 24, 2021
Semesters grow so fast. One day, you’re semester-proofing the electrical outlets in your home, and the next day you have to pause your post-retirement remodel to weep over faded pencil marks on a doorframe meticulously tracking your once-young semester’s height. Where did the time go? Can this really be the final Saturday workshop for Fall 2019? Yes, yes it can. David Martinez describes the workshop’s focus below. As always, workshops are free and open to the public.
Everyone has a story to tell. True stories. Some of them are harrowing, some funny, some insane, but the fact is it doesn’t matter how harrowing, funny, and insane a story may be if it’s not told with style. It doesn’t matter how true. It’s unfortunate, but that doesn’t take away the veracity of the problem. What, then, do we do? We learn the best ways to tell our stories, we find that crucial and often eluding spot between emotion and craft, and we work. How well we tell our stories is as important as the stories themselves. How do we navigate? Join me as I begin to explore this question and search for what it means to tell our personal tales the way we need them to be told, the way they need to be told.
Like a helicopter parent or a cantaloupe defiant of gravity, GCC’s Annual Poetry & Prose Slam draws closer–looms, one might say. Do you hear it? See it? Smell it? There is no ignoring the Slam. No pretending it isn’t there, nestled in your kitchen cabinets, between the cushions of your ride-share, in your Twitter mentions questioning the earnestness of your contributions. There will be no ducking, no hiding, no avoidant behavior of any kind.
And why would you want to avoid the Slam, especially when all it wants to do is award you with fame and money and expired chicken dinner coupons? Therefore, you are going to attend the Annual Poetry & Prose Slam. You are going to share a few of your original, creative pieces with a supportive audience and eager panel of judges. Open to the public, and with some free refreshments provided, there is no reason not to attend!
What: GCC’s Annual Poetry & Prose Slam
When: Wednesday, November 20th from 7:00PM to 8:30PM
Where: GCC Main Campus, SU-104
Basic Rules of the Slam:
Arrive a few minutes before 7PM so you can sign up to compete.
Each round, read one original piece, keeping under the three-minute time limit. Performances that exceed this limit will have their scores penalized.
Expect at least two rounds, with the potential for more if time permits. Meaning, you can enter more than one piece in the competition, but always perform your best pieces first.
Once all competitors have read/performed their work, the judges will tabulate scores. The top three performers will earn $100, $50, and $25 prizes respectively.