Great Lakes Commonwealth of Letters (GLCL) is a Writers' Center in Grand Rapids, Michigan, with a simple, but vital mission: to encourage, promote, and celebrate the literary endeavors of writers in the Great Lakes region.
Literature is a way of communicating, just like speech. How does translation impact what is trying to be communicated? Join us here at GLCL on Wednesday, August 5, at 6:30 p.m., as our panel, Ian Haight, Rebeca Castellanos, Médar Serrata, Diane Rayor, & Matthew Landrum, discusse the issues, challenges, and joys of creating communication from one language to another. This event is free!
Our Annual Writing Contest
CHEAP POP is an online literary journal focusing on micro-fiction, 500 words or less, that pops—stories that, regardless of their short nature, stick with you. Now, GLCL and CHEAP POP have come together to offer the 2015 Micro-Fiction Contest!
Submission Period: August 1 – September 30, 2015
Announcement of Winners: Friday, October 30, 2015
Prizes: $500 for 1st place, $250 for 2nd place, and $100 for 3rd place. The three award winners, along with three honorable mention entries, will be published with CHEAP POP.
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The Proust Questionnaire
When the author Marcel Proust was a teenager, he responded to a questionnaire in an English-language confessional album; the questions were intended to reveal the tastes and aspirations of the respondent. More recently, a version of the questionnaire has become a back-page favorite featuring celebrities in Vanity Fair magazine. We think it works well for the literati of Michigan, too.
What is your idea of perfect happiness?
Writing in public place--a coffee bar or restaurant
What is the trait you most deplore in others?
Which living person do you most admire?
What do you consider the most overrated virtue?
Which words or phrases do you most overuse?
iconic, marvelous, shall we say
Which literary character do you despise?
Sammy (main character in John Updike's story "A&P)
Which talent would you most like to have?
What do you value most in your friends?
Who are your favorite writers?
John Fowles, A. S. Byatt, Emily Bronte, Neil Gaiman
Who is your favorite literary hero or heroine?
What do you consider your greatest achievement?
imparting good character traits to my children
What is your motto?
Never give up