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This blog is for any student writing papers for college, for current and former students in my Communications Cluster at Lindenwood University, and my students at St. Charles Community College.

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I write for myself, for the web, and for everyone who gets me. I've been on a fasting liquid diet, traveled to Europe, and raised 2 kids. And I'm directionally challenged - I get lost a lot.

Thursday, May 29, 2008

Missouri Poet Laureate Walter Bargen and St. Louis Writers Guild Poetry Contest

From the St. Louis Writers Guild:

On Saturday, June 7, from 10 am until noon, St. Louis Writers Guild will host WALTER BARGEN, Missouri Poet Laureate, who will present a talk titled "The First Line is the Poem." You do not want to miss this historic opportunity to meet our first Poet Laureate and also learn what he has to say about poetry. This event will take place at Barnes & Noble-Crestwood, 9618 Watson Road, Crestwood, MO 63126. The presentation will include readings and books will be available for purchase and signing. Admission is free for SLWG members. The $5 fee for non-members will be fully credited toward dues if application is made within 30 days. Please help spread the word. We owe WALTER BARGEN a strong audience. For information, visit: For a chance at a $10 gift card from Barnes & Noble, please register to attend at:

What better time to remind you that our annual Deane Wagner Poetry Contest is open for submissions now through June 14? This is one of our two legacy contests, having run for decades. It has brought in entries throughout the US and abroad and has been mentioned in many national magazines and on websites that feature reputable writing contests. (We consider this and our short story contest major assets of SLWG). Local writers have been greatly advantaged this year by the opportunities to attend the poetry program that was presented in April by the judge, and also by this coming event featuring Missouri's Poet Laureate. Printable guidelines are available at:

We hope to see you,

Claire Applewhite
Publicity Chair
Saint Louis Writers Guild

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Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Submit Your Paper To

I hope everyone had a great holiday weekend.

Many of you still need to submit your paper to before class this Wednesday. I have extended the deadline until then. Be sure to check that you received confirmation your paper was accepted. Some people have their name listed, but no submission.

I will not return your graded research paper until you submit your paper to, so please submit them as soon as possible. If they aren't submitted by Wednesday, I will start deducting points.

Remember this week both classes will meet in the room to the right of the Lindenwood Office at the usual time.

Be sure too bring your journals to turn in. Typed!


Thursday, May 15, 2008

Class Reminders for Week of May 19

Remember to submit your paper to as soon as possible (preferably when you print it out to turn it in).

Here is a link to software that formats your paper in MLA style. It says it's free, but check it out first.

And no more printing at Westport before class! There are gremlins in the machines!

Review for the test next week. Check out this list of review topics.

Be sure to bring your literature book and read the stories carefully (don't worry about it if you don't understand them yet). Make notes as you go.

See you next week.

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