Should You Get That Creative Writing Degree?

If you’re a Creative Writing major, you’ve gotten the question (or some variation of it): “What’s the point of that degree? You don’t need one to be a published writer.” And that’s true! You definitely don’t need a degree in Creative Writing to be a writer. Look at J.K. Rowling, who has a degree in French… Continue reading Should You Get That Creative Writing Degree?

In Defense of the Genre(s): A Word of Advice for Incoming Writing Students

I admit it: I am an awful blogger. I’ve been terribly inactive and I have all of zero ideas when it comes to topics I can write about here at The Sword and the Keyboard. I know it’s probably just laziness on my part, and maybe a little bit of fear because it’s intimidating having… Continue reading In Defense of the Genre(s): A Word of Advice for Incoming Writing Students

Quadrangle #63 Unveiling: A New Experience

I’ve been relatively quiet on this blog for several days straight, mainly because I’m still new to blogging about writing and new to sharing work and whatnot on the internet. Also because I’ve been bustin’ my butt working through several drafts of a short story that I have to submit as a part of my… Continue reading Quadrangle #63 Unveiling: A New Experience

Camp NaNo Progress Update

I’m short on things to blog about, and considering that every creative piece that I am currently editing, I intend to send out for publication, I’m reluctant to post them in full here on my WordPress. However, I AM making progress in Camp NaNoWriMo. I’m about three days ahead of schedule (mostly because I maybe, uh,… Continue reading Camp NaNo Progress Update

Terribly Female: Religion, Femininity, and Power in Narnia and Tir na mBan

For my first writing piece, I would like to share my English Honors thesis, which I submitted for review in the Fall 2014 semester. In the essay, I explore gender and power in C.S. Lewis’s The Chronicles of Narnia and compare it to those within Elizabeth Cunningham’s Magdalen Rising: The Beginning. I had so much… Continue reading Terribly Female: Religion, Femininity, and Power in Narnia and Tir na mBan

An Introduction

Hello, readers! Before I post any creative work, let me introduce myself: My name is Lee Ann Kostempski. I’m currently a senior at Canisius College, finishing my degree in English and Creative Writing with a minor in Classics. After I graduate, I will pursue a Master’s degree in Library Sciences. Writers who inspire me include… Continue reading An Introduction