“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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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
After two months of reading and deliberation, we are ready to announce the selections for Issue #53 of the Traveler, GCC’s Arts & Literary Magazine. Thank you to our student and community readers, and to our faculty judges. Thank you to everyone who submitted their creative work and who made these selections so difficult.With over 100 submissions, the process was highly competitive. We hope that those who were not selected this time around will submit again when he Traveler reopens for submissions in Fall.
The authors and stories listed below will be published in the new issue, due out in April 2020. We will also have a celebratory reading on March 18th, open to the public, where the authors can read their winning work.
1st Place: “Symbology” by Malka Daskal
2nd Place: “Alone” by Shannon Fernando
3rd Place: “Antimatter” by Malka Daskal
Honorable Mention: “Heart of Ice” by Dawn Gibbs
1st Place: “Length of a Moment” by Taylor Boucher
2nd Place: “The Third Generation” by Malka Daskal
3rd Place: “A Tuesday Morning Apocalypse” by Taylor Boucher
Honorable Mention: “Worthless” by Dawn Gibbs
1st Place: “A Decade of Yesterdays” by Bette Griffen
Each year, the Maricopa Community Colleges hold district-wide arts competitions and celebrations. A writing contest is part of these celebrations, and as writers, you are contractually obligated to submit your creative work to this contest. It’s right there in the fine print, if you look close enough, beneath the bits about imprisonment for tearing mattress labels and how breakfast is the most important meal of the day.
Winning this competition not only results in publication in the district’s annual Passages magazine, but also a monetary award. Writers who place first, second, and third receive $300, $200, and $100 dollars respectively. First Place winners will be entered in the National Student Literary Competition sponsored by the League for Innovation.
The Traveler, GCC’s Arts & Literary Magazine, is now open for submissions! We accept original works of fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, and drama from registered GCC students. To submit, head here: Submissions Page.
I’m interested in reading and analyzing literary prose or poetry.
I’m interested in writing literary prose or poetry.
I’m interested in writing better literary prose or poetry.
I’ve tried reading literary fiction — but some/most of it goes over my head.
I’ve tried creative writing — but struggle to put the good ideas in my head down on paper.
I have to/want to take a literature or creative writing course — but the idea scares me to death.
If one or more of these statements resonate with you, or describes you and your current situation, come to our Saturday CRW Workshop February 9 to learn some writing/reading “secrets” that will improve your reading, your writing, and your quality of life.
MFA and GCC Creative Writing Instructor Gary Lawrence will lead a very participative workshop on “getting more” out of any literature – either more entertainment and appreciation, or more tools to help make you a better reader and creative writer (the two are intimately connected). We’ll use a 10-question reusable template to “break open” a prose short story – and then use this same short story as an example of points made. Time permitting, we’ll use a second short story to “test” your understanding and application of the ideas presented.
Among the things we’ll explore in this two-hour workshop are:
A creative writer’s mantra: “Read like a writer. Write for the reader.”
Ten standard questions to ask to get more out of any literary piece (the keys to the “science” behind a better literary analysis and uncovering more writing tools).
The difference between a literary analysis (understanding better/quicker what a piece “means”) and a creative writing analysis (discovering writing craft methods to write better yourself).
Reading comprehension level, and why it matters.
The workshop plan includes a mix of presentation, reading, analysis, discussion and (at least a little) writing. You’ll walk away with the reusable 10-question template, a better understanding of how literature “works,” and a few tips to make you a better writer. Literary critics or writers of any genre will benefit from the methods, techniques, and ideas presented and discussed. The workshop is free and open to the public.
Gary Lawrence currently teaches creative writing online for GCC: Introduction to Creative Writing (CRW150), Introduction to Writing Fiction (CRW170), and Intermediate Fiction Writing (CRW270). Until recently he also taught composition courses at GCC and at Cochise College (Sierra Vista). Gary’s also a prize-winning, published short story author (Feast,Rockford Writer’s Guild, Short Story America, Four Chambers, Mirage, Canyon Voices). In 2011 Gary earned an MFA in Writing from Vermont College of Fine Arts. He issued his first collection of short stories, Baffled, in 2013. He is currently working on a second story collection.