Archives: English Literature & Writing

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Natalie Serber: Beyond the Margins

Natalie Serber shares excerpts from an essay she recently wrote for Beyond the Margins, a blog about the craft of writing and the business of publishing.

Write On Through to the Other Side: When Your Character’s Diagnosis Becomes Your Own
I clearly remember the day I gave my character, Mona Brown, her breast cancer diagnosis. I’d been writing a novel about Mona and her family, a husband and twin daughters, who moved from Portland to the rural community of Boring, Oregon in the hopes that they could protect their girls from the perilous teen trifecta—drug use, early sexual activity, and bullying. Since life and novels are rife with complications, you can imagine that things don’t turn out as Mona hoped.

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Student work: My body asunder

by Darwin Rose Riviere Excerpts from her Creative Writing Senior Thesis, “My Body Asunder.” Excerpt 1. I am full of self. I am in love. I am in anger and hate and the passionate pounding of bodies against cold white walls. I am in the center of all that I am. This is my own bible […]

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Student spotlight: Carrie Padian & poetry

by Carrie Padian The world is awash in love poetry, aching, longing, rapturous verses about how wonderful being in love is once you’ve finally found it. One thing you don’t hear a lot about, poemwise, is everything leading up to that magical moment: the mild failures, the swings and misses, that thing you thought was […]

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Student reflection: pursuing the dream of college

by BreeAnna Bender

The year 2008 was a very difficult year for me and my young family. My husband was injured at work, which made me the sole provider for my family. In addition to raising my two young children and working full-time, I decided it was time to change my life. Only I didn’t know how.

I had always wanted a college education, but I felt it was out of my reach. My reality was filled with children, work and everyday life. How on earth was I going to find time to go back to school? As if someone was reading my mind, a commercial for Marylhurst University came on the television. It spoke of a university that catered to the needs of working-adult students who lead busy lives, but that wasn’t what made me jump on my computer as soon as the commercial was over.

They had a degree in English Literature and Writing.

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