The Writer's Den

UCLA's creative writing student group

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Creative Challenge

Last week’s creative challenge was to write a story on the back of a receipt.

This week: re-interpret an urban legend or any type of modern folklore (ex: Bloody Mary.) Can’t wait to see what you guys come up with!

Here’s a receipt story we received:


“Streets of Philadelphia: a Sports Fan’s Manifesto” by Dmitry Neromov
(click on the picture to enlarge, or keep reading for typed version)
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The countdown to NaNoWriMo begins!

November is National Novel Writing Month, also known as NaNoWriMo. In a few days, thousands of writers around the world will be joining together with the same goal: to write a 50,000 word novel in one month. 

The first of November is almost here, but we are too excited to wait until then to start thinking about NaNoWriMo. This year, the Writer’s Den will be hosting a number of write-ins and other writing-related events, starting with a kickoff event this Thursday, October 31st, at 11pm: stay tuned or come to this week’s meeting for more details!

Until then, here’s a pep talk our friend Allison, a seasoned NaNoWriMo participant, was kind enough to share with us: 

Hi fellow writers!

My name is Allison and I am a 2010 National Novel Writing Month winner as well as a three-time participant in July Novel Writing Month, which is a slightly more flexible version of NaNoWriMo at a more convenient time of year (yes, I met the 50K goal for all three July ones).  

Some of you may have done a NaNo before; some of you may have not.  Hopefully, what I say here will be applicable to both groups.  One of the things that you will soon discover about doing a Writing Month is that the challenge of meeting a specific word count will inevitably force you to choose between quantity and quality, especially if you are a first-timer.  When you factor in all the stresses and busy-ness of real life, it’s a miracle to find even half an hour to write something.  I’m sure many of you already know this.  

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This week like every week we had a guest lecturer, an “esteemed alumnus,” present in our technology and e-commerce class. I’m not sure how exciting it is for some of us to have a businessperson enter the room and talk company strategy. But this top-level manager from AT&T did have something very interesting and important to say that I thought I’d broadcast. Continue reading

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Read your Creative Writing on the Daily Bruin Radio!

Have you ever written a scary poem or story that you’ve always wanted to share? Have you ever wanted to be on the radio? Here’s your chance! 

Our friends at the Daily Bruin radio have asked us to find writers to read their spooky stories/poems on their talk show, Long Story Short. The show will air live on Monday 10/28 (but you can pre-record your reading if you can’t make it on the day). 
If you’re interested, send an email to to let us know! It’s a great chance to get your name (and work) out there!

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Creative Challenge

Last week, we faced you guys with a creative challenge: to take a picture of something broken, and write something about how you would fix it, if you even wanted to. This week’s challenge is to write a story or poem on the back of a receipt – it can be as long or as short as you want – and e-mail us a picture of what you come up with.

Here is a response to last week’s challenge from Ken Rudnick: