Meeting Melissa De la Cruz

By Megan Standley On April 16 students from Missouri Western State University, home of the Mochila Review, had the opportunity to meet an incredible woman: #1 New York Time’s Bestselling Author Melissa de la Cruz. De la Cruz came to talk about her experience in the publishing field. The students who work on Mochila Review […]

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Episode 24: Writing Empathy

Our favorite co-hosts Zoey Reynolds and Caitlin Dillon are back to discuss a few of their favorite things. Today on The Mochila Chat we talk about how to show empathy for another person when the writer does not know anything about the other person’s backstory and how a writer can make the readers feel the […]

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Incorporate Emotions into Your Writing: Happiness

By Megan Standley Emotions are key to any good story and poem and there are many ways to incorporate emotions into any type of writing. This blog will cover the emotion of happiness, how it affects the outcome of your writing, and how it can create a connection between you, your character, and especially the […]

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“Whistle While You Work:” Music and Writing Go Hand in Hand

By, Megan Standley   What else besides food and coffee goes along with writing? Music, of course! While it may surprise you, music and writing correspond with each other. A musician must write musical numbers if there is to be a song and a lyricist must write words to match. Of course, not everyone knows […]

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Episode 22: The Art of Rejection

Our favorite co-hosts Caitlin Dillion and Zoey Reynolds are back to discuss a few of their favorite things. Today on The Mochila Chat we talk about coping with rejection. We hear the poem I Pulled Her Last off My Sweater today by Annie Warner from out spring 2017 issue of the Mochila Review. We also […]

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Famous Last Words

By: Cassandra Robbins   You should always write with an ending in mind, even though it may not be the one you choose in the final draft. In the final draft phases, you can really focus on the language right down to the sentences themselves. You should treat the very last line of your piece […]

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Episode 17: Encouraging Writers

Our favorite co-hosts Chris Pankiewicz and Cameron Pike are back to discuss a few of their favorite things. Today on The Mochila Review we talk about encouraging writers. They start it off with the poem “The Word Writer” from our 2017 issue. Then we hear the poem “Writing” by William Allingham. Finally, we get to […]

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This is Farewell!

By: Kori Marshall   My time on staff for Canvas and Mochila Review has come to an end. As a copyeditor for our magazine, my job also included eight blog posts. At first, I was weary. Eight feels like a lot, like a part time job I signed up for before I really knew what […]

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Please Disconnect

By: Kori Marshall I wish I had a word for my generation, the Millennials, caught and entranced by every single new fad. A time where even my fifty-year old relatives are okay with the prospect of meeting a potential spouse online, where my own mother is enamored enough by my Tinder boyfriend to overlook the […]

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Change

By: Sam Lundy “Everything will change. The only question is growing up or decaying.” –Nikki Giovanni We live in an uneasy time right now, as undergraduates we are becoming our own people, discovering who we are and what exactly we want to believe in. We can choose to ignore a cause that doesn’t affect us directly […]

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