Friday, September 9, 2011

Prompts/Prompted Reading

Saturday, September 23rd 7 pm

Quimby’s Bookstore

1854 W. North Ave.
Chicago, IL 60622,

The Creative Writing Guild presents it’s latest publication, Prompts/Prompted. The dual issue is a compilation of instructions for experimental writing, and the CWG’s own written results. Five CWG contributors will read selections from the books, explain instructions, and share recent summer writing. Bring a pen and paper.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Publishing the Unpublishable

I just came upon Ubu Editions publishing the unpublishable which is now home to some PDFs of interesting work by much loved authors in the same sensibility as this blog for sharing work that is not always the great masterpeice.

"The web is a perfect place to test the limits of unpublishability. With no printing, design or distribution costs, we are free to explore that which would never have been feasible, economically and aesthetically. While this exercise began as an exploration and provocation, the resultant texts are unusually rich; what we once considered to be our trash may, after all, turn out to be our greatest treasure."

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Gotta Love New Books

Happy Belated Independence Day everyone!!

Well, I'm guessing a lot of people are too overstuffed from food dyed (or naturally) red, white, and blue to really notice, but since it's been over a month since the last post I thought it was somewhat worth mentioning. Haha.

Anyway, I hope everyone's been pretty engrossed in their summer reads (I found it quite novel - pun intended - that I now have time to read EVERYTHING I WANT to read), but if you have a little more time and a little over $10 to spare (it's on sale right now at, you can support SAIC's writing faculty Jesse Ball by buying his new novel The Curfew.

Jesse was one of my professors during my sophomore year at SAIC, and he taught a writing workshop called "Slotted Wooden Box". It was kind of surreal yet entertaining, because he made the workshop sound like an embarkment of self-discovery or something. He'd also come late to class and excuse himself by telling stories of how he'd come across a person lying on the ground as if they were unconscious, but since he told it too many times I kind of suspected him of telling tales. Not that anyone called him out on it, because it was a writing workshop class. And telling stories is what he's paid to do.

Anyway. To be honest, I wish I could say I've read The Curfew, but because I haven't I won't pretend that I have and blurb a paraphrased version of another summary I've read online. So check it out for yourselves! And if you do read it, let me know whether Jesse lives up to expectations or not.

- Nicola

Wednesday, June 1, 2011


CWG's dual prompt book is now finished. "Prompts" is a collection of prompts, written as a series of instructions for generative writing. "Prompted" is a 50 page compilation of work from the past year, written from those prompts.

At some point there will be a reading of the work, stay tuned. In the mean time you may contact to obtain a copy.

The prompts were written by anyone who was active at a CWG writing meeting, but largely compiled from:
Cait Stephens
Nicola Tsoi
Jeff Sherfey
Ian Endsley
Jais Grossman
Ziyuan Wang

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

The Best of CWG Radio

Thanks to much help from the faculty and staff at SAIC, and it's wonderful members, CWG has published an audio compilation of student work played on our weekly radio show.

To obtain a copy of the CD, please e-mail

You can listen, download, and share the CD here.
*All work copyright it's author.

Monday, April 25, 2011

Meeting on the 13th floor lounge, Mondays, 4:15pm

Monday, April 18, 2011

We Are Not Alone

I just found this great site full of constraints.

They put out a prompt challenge and see what words come back.

While digging for prompt, I came across these guys, and that is about the only description of them I can provide for you- that are in love with twenty consonant poetry. Don't know what that is? It's a writing constraint where you use every consonant once while using vowels freely (considering Y to be a vowel). I thought you might enjoy their website, which is weird and whimsical, and full of odd poetry, drawings, essays, a link to their small press, and audio recordings of their twenty consonant poems. Check it.