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

Share

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

Posted in The Circus in Winter | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

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

Share

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

Posted in Teaching, Writing | Tagged , , | 17 Comments

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

Share

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

Posted in Teaching | Tagged , | 10 Comments

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

Share

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

Posted in Writing | Tagged , | 7 Comments

This is the 7th Time I Taught Novel Writing

Share

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

Posted in Teaching | Tagged , , | 17 Comments

Most Words Drafted–Fall 2013

Share

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

Posted in Teaching | Tagged , , , , | 4 Comments

What I Learned from John Keeble

Share

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

Posted in Teaching | Tagged , , | 2 Comments

Is Gaming Bad for Fiction Writers?

Share

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

Posted in Teaching, Writing | Tagged , , | 9 Comments

The Circus in Winter is coming to Carmel, Indiana

Share

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

Posted in The Circus in Winter | Leave a comment

What I Learned from Tim O’Brien

Share

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

Posted in Teaching | Tagged , , | Leave a comment