Writing Center Projects & Creative Writing

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General

The Writing Center often engages in projects that expand student’s conceptions of writing. In particular, we believe in the power of creative writing and storytelling. Please join us for one of our programs or suggest one of your own.

NaNoWriMo

National Novel Writing Month began in 1999 as a daunting but straightforward challenge: to write 50,000 words of a novel in thirty days. Now, each year on November 1, hundreds of thousands of people around the world begin to write, determined to end the month with 50,000 words of a brand new novel. They enter the month as students, elementary school teachers, mechanics, or stay-at-home parents. They leave novelists.

The Writing Center celebrates NaNoWriMo by holding workshops and write-ins for our aspiring novelists. Come check out our writer’s emergency kit and comforta ambience.

NaNoWriMo Resources

Email csosa@odessa.edu to join our virtual Writing Group for NaNoWriMo!

Sigma Kappa Delta
The Writing Center is currently working on creating a chapter of the English Honors Society Sigma Kappa Delta. If interested, please contact the Writing Center Coordinator at csosa@odessa.edu. For the Spring Semester, meetings are held Mondays from 1pm-2pm, both in-person (WH 106) and virtually (here).

Websites on Creative Writing

Books of Creative Writing

  • No Plot, No Problem! by Chris Baty
  • On Writing by Stephen King
  • Ready, Set, Novel!: A Workbook by Lindsey, Tavia Stewart-Streit, and Chris Baty
  • Save the Cat!: The Last Book on Screenwriting You'll Ever Need by Blake Snyder
  • Save the Cat! Writes a Novel: The Last Book on Novel Writing You'll Ever Need by Jessica Brody
  • The Writer’s Craft Series by Rayne Hall
  • Write Good or Die by Scott Nicholson
  • Writing Magic: Creating Stories that Fly by Gail Carson Levine
  • Zen in the Art of Writing by Ray Bradbury