Posts Tagged ‘writing’

From prose to pop songs

Headshot of Mark Pineo.

Every November, Mark Pineo sits down at his computer and starts making an album of music. By the end of the month, it’s finished.  In his own way, Pineo, an audio instructor in the University of King’s College’s journalism program, participates in a contest called National Novel Writing Month (otherwise known as NaNoWriMo).   Regularly, participants…

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Corvus partners with the Gazette in essay writing competition

The Dalhousie Philosophy Society is partnering with The Dalhousie Gazette in hopes to generate more interest in their newly re-established publication Corvus. The publication was discontinued a few years ago and the current head of the Philosophy Society, David Gourey, is bringing it back this year with the help of the Gazette. In the hopes to grow…

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Fallen Matthews

Hometown: Toronto, ON Major: Masters in gender studies, with a focus on cinema and black masculinity Proudest achievement to date: Being where I am in such a short time because I started Dal in 2009, and then I graduated with my bachelors in October convocation of 2012. Then I taught English abroad in Korea because I wanted to…

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First Contributor Meeting


Come and see what the Gazette’s all about at our first contributor meeting! You can talk to our editors, sign up for stories or pitch your own. NO EXPERIENCE NEEDED! PS We don’t JUST do writing – you can come to do photography, video, illustrations, graphics, creative, or whatever other skills you may have or…

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The case for diaries

Diary accounts humanize history. (Amanda Rolfe photo)

It’s a rare moment of solitude in my apartment, the crisp winter sun streaming through the window above my desk and refracting through the steam rising from the coffee at my elbow. I’m indulging in one of my more meditative hobbies: filling the pages of my hand-written journal. It’s a practice I try to make…

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Mistaken identity

Treat the red pen on your last paper as a friendly reminder that you are human

  “The prolixity of your verbiage is quaint but inadequate.” The words were scrawled in red pen at the top of the page on my first high school book report. Next to the word ‘verbiage’ my prof had even scribbled a little happy face, outwardly mocking my work. Looking back I guess my first mistake…

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Murphy’s law

Michael Murphy doesn’t believe in signs. So when he found an envelope addressed to a name eerily similar to his own, he did what any non-superstitious person would do: he dropped it in the nearest mailbox and continued on his way. But for some reason, Murphy couldn’t shake the idea of that lost letter. The…

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Varma: Raising The Dead

Kate Barss. Photo by Katherine Wooler

By Kate Barss, Winner of 2011 Varma Prize When my son has been dead sixteen years I start noticing changes in his behaviour. He’s started coming home late, smelling of smoke, the cotton of his formally bleach-white sheet turned a dusty brown and singed with small, suspicious burn holes. Late at night, I hear him…

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Varma: Collections

By Adrien Robertson, Second Runner-up There was hardly room for him in his study, these days. Under the baleful gaze of his wife, the room had once been more than accommodating to him and his marginalia. He was an adamant collector, attached to his things, pleased only when he could be closest to them. She…

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