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Keep our readers posted about Oyez readings, the release of new issues, expansion into new bookstores, calls for submission, etc.

To be or Was Being: Strengthening Your Syntax

When writing, you want your message to be powerful and long lasting. Each word should work together and build the sentence. Each sentence should strengthen each paragraph. You want each sentence to pack a bit of a punch, to be … Continue reading

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Reading More, Better

If you are reading this post you are likely an avid reader or, at the very least, not opposed to the act of reading. You may, like me, be an English or creative writing major, or you may just be … Continue reading

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Let Them be Read: The Importance of Having a Second Reader

There’s this notion among writers that you shouldn’t let anyone read your work until it is completed. However, a work is never really complete until someone else reads it. It may seem frustrating and a little ego-pummeling to get opinions … Continue reading

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Getting Comfortable with the Uncomfortable (Writing Outside of What You’re Used Too)

Routine and familiarity are common as a writer. We write what we know and we write what we are comfortable with. There are plenty of writers who write within the same genre, scope, and so on and never change it no … Continue reading

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Ottessa Moshfegh MFA Reading on March 21

When I found out Ottessa Moshfegh was going to be one of the visiting authors in the Roosevelt University MFA Program’s Reading Series this spring, I downloaded a sample of her highly acclaimed novel Eileen to my IPad and started … Continue reading

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Gina Frangello MFA Reading Series

Each passing winter leaves behind it a hope for “the new.” Students are taking new classes. There’s a new hope that the stories we’ve been working tirelessly to get published will finally be chosen by some wonderful editor somewhere. There’s … Continue reading

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MFA Spring 2016 Readings

One of the best parts about living in a city like Chicago is the abundance of things to do on any given evening. One of the worst parts about living in a city like Chicago is trying to choose which … Continue reading

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Submissions are live!

We have beaten technology into submission, yet again! Head to our Submission Guidelines and send us your best work until October 1, 2015! We look forward to reading your best work!

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On the Importance of Reading Outloud.

As children, there was a time before any of us could read. This is a fact (no matter what Baby Einstein paid programming may insinuate), and therefore, most of our first interactions with books were from them being read to … Continue reading

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Do’s and Dont’s in Publishing in 2015

Sometimes as a writer in 2015, it may feel as if there is no hope of ever getting published. While this isn’t a new phenomenon for any writer, it is one that in the digital age should be approached differently … Continue reading

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