Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Author Spotlight

William Shakespeare (1564 - 1616)

Famous Works Include: A Midsummer Night's Dream (1594), Romeo & Juliet (1595), Much Ado About Nothing (1598), Hamlet (1601), King Lear (1603), MacBeth (1604), and The Tempest (1610).

This world renowned playwright, who died on the day traditionally celebrated as the date of his birth (April 23 -- today!), is remembered for his 38 plays, 154 sonnets, and an unparalleled influence on the English language and theater around the world. He is often called England's national poet and the "Bard of Avon."

Quotes from William Shakespeare:

"Conversation should be pleasant without scurrility, witty without affectation, free without indecency, learned without conceitedness, novel without falsehood."

"Action is eloquence." (from Coriolanus, Act III, scene II)

"Be not afraid of greatness: some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon them." (from Twelfth Night, Act II, scene V)

Hope you've enjoyed this blast from the past from the April 2010 edition of the WCWC!

- Anna H.

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Author Spotlight

Fyodor Dostoyevsky (1821 - 1881)

Famous Works Include: Notes From Underground (1862), Crime and Punishment (1866), The Idiot (1869), The Possessed (1872), and The Brothers Karamazov (1881).

Dostoyevsky was a Russian writer, essayist, and philosopher who spent five years in a Siberian prison because of his involvement in a liberal intellectual group, followed by five more years as a soldier in a Siberian military regiment.

Quotes from Fyodor Dostoyevsky:

"Love a man, even in his sin, for that love is a likeness of the divine love, and is the summit of love on earth."

"It is not the brains that matter most, but that which guides them -- the character, the heart, generous qualities, progressive ideas."

Hope you've enjoyed this blast from the past from the November 2009 edition of the WCWC!

- Anna H.

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Instagram of the Week

We present you with an Instagram photo of a plate of goodies from the latest Tuesday Tea. Tuesday Tea is a weekly gathering with plenty of food, hot beverages and conversation which takes place every Tuesday here in the Writing Center.

On this rainy Wednesday, some hot tea sounds pretty good! Until next time,

- Jane.

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Author Spotlight

H.G. Wells (1866 - 1946)

Famous Works Include: The Time Machine (1895), The Invisible Man (1897), The War of the Worlds (1898), The World Set Free (1914), The Outline of History (1919), and The Shape of Things to Come (1933).

H.G. Wells has been called one of the "Fathers of Science Fiction," and is best known for his work in this genre. He was a prolific writer in many genres, including contemporary novels, history, and social commentary.

Quotes from H.G. Wells:

"Human history becomes more and more a race between education and catastrophe."

"Advertising is legalized lying."

Hope you've enjoyed this blast from the past from the September 2009 edition of the WCWC!

- Anna H.

Monday, April 8, 2013

Admitted Student Weekend and the Annual CWC Fellowship Competition!

57 prospective students on campus.

18 phone interviews.

81 total competitors.

Those are the numbers we're working with for the 2013 Coe Writing Center Fellowship Competition. Whew!

Friday, the day of the competition, promised to be a gorgeous day, perfect for Admitted Student Weekend. People were bustling, students were hustling (around), and organized chaos was in the air. We current consultants led the competitors through a number of fun afternoon activities (speed introductions, a writing exercise and mock conferences, and a scavenger hunt) before turning them over to Admissions for the rest of the weekend. All in all, we had a great time and are still recovering. Excuse us while we go take a nap (though not in the CWC itself -- that's against the rules of the Enchiridion!).

Thank you to everyone who worked this past weekend and helped everything go smoothly!

- Anna H. and the Blog Team

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Author Spotlight

Isaac Asimov (1920 - 1992)

Famous Works Include: I, Robot (1950), the Galactic Empire series (1950 - 1952), the Foundation series (1951 - 1999), the Lucky Starr series (1952 - 1958), The Robot series (1954 - 1985), Nemesis (1989).

Isaac Asimov's works have been published in nine of the ten major categories of the Dewey Decimal System - the only one not containing his work is the 100's (philosophy and psychology). The other categories are: 000 (computer science, library and information science and general work), 200 (religion), 300 (social sciences), 400 (language), 500 (science), 600 (technology), 700 (arts), 800 (literature), and 900 (history, geography, biography).

Quotes from Isaac Asimov:

"If my doctor told me I only had six minutes to live, I wouldn't brood, I'd type a little faster."

"I don't believe in personal immortality; the only way I expect to have some version of such things is through my books."

Hope you've enjoyed this blast from the past from the April 2009 edition of the WCWC!

- Anna H.