UTWG Horror Competition

As vice president of the UT Writer’s Guild, I’m sponsoring a horror competition for students at the University of Toledo this October.

All types of writing, including poetry and fiction, will be eligible for the competition, as long as entries maintain a horror theme.  I will also accept submissions in the following genres: dark fantasy, general dark, and suspense.

Please limit entries to word counts of 17,000 or 10 pages in total for poetry.  We also ask that you present the entries in manuscript format if entering a script or a work of fiction and, if possible, please use double-sided pages.

Submit entries via e-mail attachment at feliza.casano@rockets.utoledo.edu with your name and major.  If there is any other information you feel is important to include, you may also include that on your cover page or in your cover letter.

The deadline for the competition is October 25, 2011.

04 October: Updates

Hello friends and fans!  I’ve made some additions, changes, and updates to the site.  If anything catches your eye, feel free to check it out or leave comments.  I love to get feedback!

  • About: Changed About page to reflect new content.
  • Added UTWG page regarding my work with the UT Writer’s Guild.  Added sections on duties and involvement.
  • Changed Writing page to compensate for a variety of changes, including changes to the Indie Toledo series and other works in progress.

A few more updates are forthcoming, but these were some pretty significant (in my mind) changes I thought readers may be interested in.

What would you be interested in seeing more of?

*Edit: This was also my 50th post!  Yay!

UTWG and The Mill to co-host poetry reading

The UT Writer’s Guild and The Mill literary magazine will host a Banned Books Week poetry reading Wednesday, September 28 at 7 p.m. in Room 2240 of the Field House on the University of Toledo’s Main Campus.

The featured poet at the event is Zach Fishel, a graduate student at UT.

The reading, presented in open mic format, will also feature The Mill editor in chief Peter Faziani and UTWG president Michael Beers reading their own work.

Several other students will read at the event as well, including members of the UT Writer’s Guild.

Banned Books Week 2011Banned Books Week is an annual event sponsored by the American Library Association to raise awareness of books banned and challenged in schools and libraries. Banned Books Week encourages the sharing of literature and ideas between and among groups.

Contact UTWG vice president Feliza Casano (feliza [dot] casano [at] rockets [dot] utoledo [dot] edu) for more information or to sign up to read.  You may also contact Feliza for more information about the UT Writer’s Guild.


UTWG sponsoring Poetry in the Park

The University of Toledo Writer’s Guild is sponsoring a poetry reading and social event called Poetry in the Park Friday, September 23 at Wildwood Metropark.

The brown-bag event is free and open to all University students.

At the event, students are invited to bring at least one poem to read: either a poem they wrote or a poem by their favorite author.

Poetry in the Park will take place at 5 p.m.   Interested students can meet the group in the Student Union South Lounge between 4 and 4:30 p.m. to carpool over.  On-campus students who do not have cars are encouraged to meet UTWG officers there.

Attending students do not need to bring a poem, particularly students not registered as UTWG members, but are certainly encouraged to do so.

To learn more about the event, contact UTWG vice president Feliza Casano at feliza [dot] casano [at] rockets [dot] utoledo [dot] edu.

More information:

The University of Toledo Writer’s Guild is a student organization of the University of Toledo dedicated to helping students develop their writing, network with others with similar interests, and provide new opportunities for student writers.

End of August: Current Projects & Progress

It’s the end of the month again, so you know what that means: time to give you another update on the current progress I’m making with my large writing projects.  I’ve got several up on the table.

  • Please Be Mine: PBM now has a blog of sorts – it now has its own page on the West Bancroft Side Story blog.  Check it out to learn more about the project!  Currently, I have completed the first two episodes and some scenes in the final two episodes.
  • The Final Experiment: This project is in the editing stage, but I’ve been moving really slowly on it.  I think I’ll be putting on hold until January, since I’m going to be busy this semester with jobs and classes.
  • Unnamed novel: One of the ONLY unnamed projects I’m working on recently got a bit of a revival thanks to some conversations about steampunk with a close friend of mine…  You might expect to see a little bit about the novel (including a post begging for title ideas!) or about the steampunk movement in general in the upcoming months!

There’s a bit more going on at the moment, but since I’m starting a new job soon I can’t really do too much.  The following projects are on hold until further notice:

  • The Rules
  • WBSS Live!
  • Project Revolution (Project Archangel trilogy in general)

For now, I’ll probably focus on the three large projects mentioned above as well as poetry and short fiction because of my work with the UT Writer’s Guild.  Keep an eye out for more of my articles on workshopping!