Author Archives: Cathy Day

About Cathy Day

I'm the author of THE CIRCUS IN WINTER and COMEBACK SEASON, and I teach at Ball State University.

Circus is going to Goodspeed


The good news was announced over the weekend: the musical The Circus in Winter will be produced at Goodspeed Musicals in Connecticut this fall from Oct. 23-Nov. 16. Oh yeah, I’m going.  The other bit of good news is that Hunter Foster … Continue reading

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This Blog is a Waste of My Time: Thoughts on the Three-Year Anniversary of The Big Thing


I’ve been thinking a lot lately about this blog. Last week, I wrote about “lore” and informally trading teaching information vs. formally publishing teaching research. This blog began because in 2010, I wrote an essay about teaching.  I realized that … Continue reading

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This Blog is Lore: How We Talk about Teaching Creative Writing


This blog began because I like to talk about teaching. I always have. I stepped in front of a class for the first time in 1991. I was a rookie grad student, and once I got over my stage fright, … Continue reading

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The Top 5 Most Popular Posts on the Big Thing–and Why


It’s almost the end of the year, plus I’m nearing the third anniversary of The Big Thing, a blog I started so that I could talk more about teaching writing. I’ve been looking at my stats, seeing what I can … Continue reading

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This is the 7th Time I Taught Novel Writing


End-of-Term Observations As you probably noticed, I didn’t blog much about teaching this course this semester. I think that’s because I’ve almost got it “down” now, which is a relief after three years of tweaking! What They Wrote This is … Continue reading

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Most Words Drafted–Fall 2013


Here are the winners of the Most Words Drafted competition in my novel-writing class. The whole semester of this course is archived here. First place: Liz Winks Liz wrote 64,309 words this semester. Her satirical novel is entitled The Grand … Continue reading

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What I Learned from John Keeble


I attended the University of Alabama’s MFA program between 1991-1995. During that period, I took two workshops with writer John Keeble, a visiting writer who taught at Eastern Washington University. He made a great impression on both my writing and my … Continue reading

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Is Gaming Bad for Fiction Writers?


The other day, I was reading an undergraduate student’s novel in progress, and a thought occurred to me. As I often do, I shared that thought on Facebook: I’ve never played a video game, but I recognize that it’s a … Continue reading

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The Circus in Winter is coming to Carmel, Indiana


Step right up and buy your tickets at the Center for the Performing Arts website. Trust me. It’s amazing!  

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What I Learned from Tim O’Brien


Every Tuesday, I talk about teaching, and this is the third in a series of posts on what I’ve learned from the writers I’ve studied with. For the last two weeks, I talked about Michael Martone. This week, Tim O’Brien. … Continue reading

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