Writing Prompt Megamonth

Happy Halloween from the Olivetree! So, as Jess noted recently, November is National Novel Writing Month aka NaNoWriMo, wherein people take on the unbelievable challenge of writing a novel beginning to end in a month flat. If I had the time, I would have loved to give this a go, but alas. Instead, we here at the Olivetree decided we'd try our own smaller-scale writing feat. Ta-da! Prompt Month!

We invite you to join us in doing a free-write a day. If you haven't been around during one of these sessions with us, what we do is we get together and someone throws out a word, phrase, quote, anything for inspiration, we allot a short amount of time, anywhere from 5 minutes to 20, and we write. Uninhibited. Without a plan. We just write. The goal is to get something out without forcing it and based on a single idea. It's always fun to see where each person's mind goes from a common starting concept. Whatever you like, you can edit and polish later. We're also open to group workshopping.

We'll be offering up one writing prompt per day, and anyone is welcome to our office and give it a go with whoever's there. You can of course also do this elsewhere, but we'd love to see what you come up with. Our hope is to discover and/or establish a closer writing community at Hunter. Here's the list of prompts for the first week of November. Write on!

Nov 1. Halloween
Nov 2. lacquer
Nov 3. script
Nov 4. spare bedroom
Nov 5. afterlife
Nov 6. verbatim
Nov 7. embellishment of...

Take these wherever your mind wants them to. You can write a poem or anything else that works for you. Time limit's 10 minutes each unless otherwise specified. Happy Writing!


Upcoming Events & Readings

Ahoy, there! It's your friendly neighborhood Jess back with some more items of interest and intrigue!

Thursday, November 4, 7:00pm
A Nuyorican State of Mind: The Life & Writing of Pedro Pietri
with Sam Diaz, David Henderson, Bob Holman, Marilyn Kiss, Jesús Papoleto Meléndez, Nancy Mercado, Myrna Nieves & Dan Shot

Poets and friends gather to honor the life and work of Pedro Pietri (1944– 2004), a seminal Nuyorican poet and playwright, whose subversive, irreverent writings include Puerto Rican Obituary, Invisible Poetry, Traffic Violations and The Masses Are Asses.

$10, $7 for students and seniors, free to Poets House Members

Poets House's website.

Thursday, November 11th, 7:00 p.m.

Fiction Reading: Junot Díaz

Junot Díaz joined the NYU Creative Writing Program faculty in fall 2010. He received the 2008 Pulitzer Prize for his novel The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao.

Note venue: NYU Cantor Film Center, 36 East 8th Street, Theater 101

Thursday, December 2nd, 7:00 p.m.

Writers in Conversation: Rick Moody (with Darin Strauss)

Rick Moody’s most recent novel is The Four Fingers of Death: A Novel (Little, Brown and Company, 2010). Moody is the 2010-2011 Warren Adler Visiting Writer in the NYU Creative Writing Program. In conversation with Darin Strauss, novelist and NYU faculty member whose new memoir is titled Half a Life (McSweeney’s Books, 2010).

[Note: There did not seem to be a venue listed on NYU's website, much to Rebecks' dismay. I guess there is a reason Hunter > NYU, no?*]

More readings at NYU's Creative Writing Program here.


*The opinions of Jess do not reflect those of The Olivetree Review or Hunter College. What they do reflect is that of her own bitter resentment/immaturity.

Open Mic Night, November 17th: Children's Literature

It's official! The Olivetree's semi-annual open mic is around the corner. Join us on November 17th for a night of reading, sharing, and listening. Sign up to perform (poetry or any other type of performance welcome) by email at olivetreereview@gmail.com or in person at the event itself. 

This year's theme is children's literature. Let's face it. Being an adult can suck, especially now. So come recapture your youth! Kick back on a couch, drink some chocolate milk, stuff your face with cupcakes, and enjoy some poetry. The material you read doesn't have to be about childhood but feel free to use it as an inspiration.

And in true OTR form, Halloween ain't over on the 31st. Costumes are strongly encouraged. Dress up as your favorite children's lit character, put on your favorite birthday party dress, or get your Hogwarts garb on, whatever floats your boat. Fun times guaranteed.

Doors open at 7. Reading will begin around 7:30 and continue til 10 with one intermission. Stop by at whatever time works best for you. But remember those cupcakes won't last forever. ;)

**Non-Hunter guests welcome as always, but remember to bring some form of ID and go through the guest entrance at Hunter West.

Fall 2010, Part II, or: Ch-Ch-Changes

Hello, all!

So much has happened since the last post!  A few things:

Changes to the Blog.  Ch-ch-changes!  We've got a few new spiffy things coming to the site for your interactive pleasure (not the naughty kind, mind you!), some of which have already been added.  Firstly, you may notice to your right, atop the sidebar, we have a new landing page icon (in addition to general font and color changes).  This will lead you to our new "About" page, which informs those new to the site about who we are, what we do and what you can do to become involved with us!

From there, you can choose to either go back to the blog, or be redirected to some of our other upcoming pages: one that further describes and explains each of the Departments within our publication, as well as another page where you can "meet" the Fall 2010 Senior Staff and includes individual photographs and biographies!

Also new to the site:  PDFs for both the Art and Literature Submission Contracts.  These can also be found in the sidebar, and are currently being uploaded via Mediafire until we can figure out how to better upload them.

NaNoWriMo.  As you all well know, November is National Novel Writing Month!  For the benefit of those who are unaware, National Novel Writing Month -- or "NaNoWriMo", as it's commonly known -- is a nationwide challenge to flex your writing muscles.  Starting November the 1st, your goal as participant is to write a 175-page (50,000 words) novel by midnight at the end of the month.  If you're a writer, we definitely recommend participating in this challenge -- I know some of us at the OTR will!

For more information on how to get involved, you can go to the official website.

Paws for Poetry.  Tonight, The Gym Park -- in association with host Thomas M. Colicino -- is presenting an Open Mic night called "Paws for Poetry," benefitting Animal Haven.  Featuring Arthur Medrano and Jassmir Singh, P4P is a recurrent NYC event devoted to both emerging and established poets.  If you love poetry and animals and would love to perform, this is definitely the venue for you!

81 Oak Street
Greenpoint, Brooklyn 11222
8-10 PM  

For directions to The Gym Park, or to sign up for the Open Mic, here's their website.

Literary Death Match at Bowery Poetry Club.  Senior Fiction and Poetry editors --- Shakti and Rebecca, respectively -- went to Literary Death Match at BPC Thursday night.  For those who don't know, LDM is like if Def Poetry Jam and American Idol both got drunk and had a literary love child.  Curated by one of the minds behind Opium Magazine, it is a series of readings unlike any other wherein madness (and more) ensues and literary wits collide. It was, as Shakti would put it: "Bangin'!"

For more info, click here.

Epic Photobooth Madness.  To close things off:  I'm sure some of you who follow us on Facebook have noticed a few new Photo Albums of Awesome recently added over the past week or so.  This is partly due to not only the great iSight Camera on the Mac in our "Study" (I think it's safe to say not a lot of studying got done once said camera had been discovered), but also to the great brilliance of that thing we'll call Post-Midterm Boredom.

Here, a sample of how we let the good times roll in TH 212:

"Join the Olivetree!  This could be you!"

Pretty sure we're more gangsta than you ever wish you could be,