Chapman University and the Department of English have a variety of organizations, publications and annual events designed to foster each student’s creative potential. Students are encouraged to participate and to lend their time and talent to the furtherance of each organization's goals.
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+-Sigma Tau Delta
Sigma Tau Delta is the International English Honor Society with over 750 active chapters located in Europe, the Caribbean, and the United States; more than 1,000 faculty sponsors; and approximately 8,500 members inducted annually.
Sigma Tau Delta's central purpose is to confer distinction upon students of the English language and literature in undergraduate, graduate, and professional studies. Sigma Tau Delta also recognizes the accomplishments of professional writers who have contributed to the fields of language and literature.
The Sigma Tau Delta chapter at Chapman University is more than just another college club. It is a unique entity that opens the doors of opportunity for its members and facilitates academic, professional, and personal growth.For more information, visit the chapter’s homepage.
+-John Fowles Center
The John Fowles Center for Creative Writing promotes and advances the discipline of creative writing in all its aspects: fiction, poetry, drama, creative non-fiction, and film. The Center offers students and non-students an opportunity to gain a greater appreciation for the written word and those who write it.
To view the schedule of upcoming lectures by national and international authors, visit the John Fowles Center’s homepage.
Tabula Poetica: The Center for Poetry at Chapman University is dedicated to creating an environment that celebrates poetry in a variety of forms and venues. The Center hosts an annual series of poetry readings and lectures, showcases new and existing talent, shares poems and information about poetry, and encourages a collaborative exchange of ideas.
To view the schedule of upcoming events and featured authors, and to see archived photos, videos, interviews, and book reviews, visit the Tabula Poetica homepage.
+-The Writing Center
The Writing Center is designed to help all Chapman University students—from first year to graduate level—with any part of the writing process, from understanding the assignment and finding a significant topic to editing the final drafts.
Students are encouraged to call or email the Writing Center to schedule an appointment, or to stop by anytime the Center is open. The Writing Center is located within the Tutoring, Learning, & Testing Center in DeMille Hall.
For more information, including contact details and an FAQ, visit the The Writing Center homepage.
The speakers will discuss their experiences and views in navigating the publishing process. Students are invited to ask questions of each speaker related to the discussion and their own interests.
The Crawl is typically held in the spring semester. Food and wine are provided before and after the meeting, and students are encouraged to stay for the after-Crawl reception, when they can briefly chat with or have their books signed by the speakers.
2013 Schedule of Events
This year's Literary Pub(lishing) Crawl will be held on Wednesday, April 24th. The talks will begin at 3:30 pm; each speaker will answer questions from the audience at the conclusion of their talk. The book signing will begin at 6:30 pm, featuring the day's speakers and members of the Chapman University English Department. The author's books will be available at the event and the evening will include a reception. The event will conclude at 8:00 pm.
Speakers (3:30 pm - 6:30 pm)
Michael Cassutt (Author, screenwriter, and television producer)
As an author, Michael Cassutt has worked predominantly in the science fiction and fantasy genres, publishing over thirty short stories and the novels The Star Country, Dragon Season, and Red Moon. He is currently working on a trilogy of which the first novel, Heaven's Shadow, has already been published. Cassutt is also an experienced writer of non-fiction, having published numerous articles and a monthly column. His television credits include producing and/or writing for The Outer Limits; The Twilight Zone; Seven Days; and Eerie, Indiana, among others. He has also contributed freelance scripts to a number of other programs.
Tony Barnstone (Author, poet, editor, and translator)
As a poet, Tony Barnstone has authored twelve books and was the winner of the Benjamin Saltman Award in Poetry, the John Ciardi Prize, the Grand Prize in the Strokestown International Poetry Festival. His honors include fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the California Arts Council, as well as a Pushcart Prize, the Paumanok Poetry Award, the Randall Jarrell Poetry Prize, the Sow's Ear Poetry Context, the Milton Dorfman Poetry Prize, the Pablo Neruda Prize, and the Cecil Hemley Award. His work has been translated into Arabic, Chinese, and German. In addition to his own poetry, his published works include translations of poetry and textbooks on literature.
Meghan Pinson (Independent editor)
Meghan Pinson is an independent manuscript editor who works primarily on novels and nonfiction books. Operating out of the greater Los Angeles area, she provides her clients with comprehensive manuscript critiques and the full range of editing services, including content editing, developmental editing, and substantive editing. She operates from the philosophy that editing should be a conversation between the author and the editor.
Nancy Holder (Author)
Nancy Holder is the author of several novels, including numerous tie-in books based on the TV series Buffy the Vampire Slayer. She has also written fiction related to several other science fiction and fantasy shows, including Angel and Smallville. Holder is a five-time winner of the Bram Stoker Award for superior achievement in horror writing, and her novels frequently appear on best-seller lists.
Bryce Carlson (Author and Managing Editor of Boom! Studios)
Bryce Carlson has written a number comics, including issues of the Disney-Pixar Wall-E series. He is Managing Editor of Boom! Studios, which generates a constellation of bestselling Eisner and Harvey Award-winning comic books and graphic novels, including the titles The Calling: Cthulu Chronicles, Cold Space, NOLA, Snarked!, and Fanboys vs. Zombies.
Book Signing Participants (6:30 pm - 8:00pm)
Speakers: Nancy Holder, Tony, Barnstone, Michael Cassutt, and Bryce Carlson.
Guests: Jack Lindquist and David Henley.
Chapman Authors: Mark Axelrod, Richard Bausch, James P. Blaylock, Ryan Gattis, Alicia Kozameh, Anna Leahy, Martin Nakell, and Tom Zoellner.
Prowl Magazine is an online magazine covering pop culture, local events, and other articles of interest to the university community. The magazine maintains connects to jobs, internships, and alumni through its Facebook page. The entire magazine is written by students in the Journalism program; the corresponding class is available every spring semester. Students interested in working on Prowl are asked to contact the Journalism Program Director, Professor Susan Paterno.
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