“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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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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The Critic

By: Cassandra Robbins   When asked to review something, a person can face the dilemma of balancing between what is nice to say and what needs to be said about a work. On one hand, if a person showers the first draft in compliments, they really aren’t doing the task they were given; but if […]

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Abstractions, Adverbs, Adjectives, and Nominalizations

By: Cassie Robbins When it comes to self-edited work, some of us may be too lax with grammar and may not even correct the small stuff until the final drafts. It isn’t the fun stuff about writing, anyway. As EB White said, “writing is an act of faith, not a trick of grammar.” Emily Dickinson […]

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Episode 19: Power of Therapeutic Writing
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Episode 19: Power of Therapeutic Writing
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Our favorite co-hosts Chris Pankiewicz and Cameron Pike is back to discuss a few of their favorite things. Today on The Mochila Chat we talk about the power of therapeutic writing. They start it off with the poem “Taking Prozac” by Bailey Blumenstock, from our 2017 issue. Then Arniecea Johnson reads the poem “Dead Love” […]

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Tips for Writing Comedy

By: Cassie Robbins   Using comedy in your writing We all love telling jokes. We want to make people laugh. We want them to think of us as witty and clever and fiction is no different– you want your reader to laugh. Here are a few tips, tricks, and ideas:   Adding another dimension to […]

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Episode 17: Encouraging Writers
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Episode 17: Encouraging Writers
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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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Shakespeare: The OG

Everyone knows that William Shakespeare is the king of English. Without him some of our most famous and beloved stories may not exist today. Shakespeare not only has inspired stories but he broke the mold on how to write. Shakespeare wrote more than just his famous plays. He was a wordsmith that coined his own […]

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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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