Last night, local science fiction and fantasy writer Ursula Le Guin was awarded the Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters at the 2014 National Book Award. Two of her novels were awarded both Hugo and Nebula awards, The Left Hand of Darkness and The Dispossessed. Le Guin was also one of the contributing founders of the Oregon Institute of Literary Arts, which later became known as Literary Arts in Portland.
Check out Le Guin’s bold and gracious speech here.
[Last year’s winner of the National Book Award in Poetry, local poet and Lewis & Clark College professor Mary Szybist, will be reading at Eliot Chapel on Reed College campus this evening at 6:30.]
It’s College Application Week here at Lincoln, so I thought we’d feature some writing tips for those challenging application papers so many seniors are writing.
You can find some great tips here: http://www.nacacnet.org/studentinfo/articles/Pages/Top-Ten-Tips-for-Writing-a-College-Essay-.aspx
Most important: be yourself and be honest.
Sincerity is key. If you don’t care about what you are writing about then why would a college admissions officer care to read it?
Don’t get overwhelmed by form. This isn’t a five paragraph essay for English class, so instead focus on narrative. When it comes down to it, you are telling a story, so imagine how you would share this story with a friend or family member.
Lastly, relax! It’s hard writing about yourself, and there’s a lot of pressure put on the application paper. But the less you stress, the more natural your paper will be. Still feeling the stress? Stop by the Writing Center. We’re always happy to help!