Archive for October, 2008

Hello, OT’ers:

Here is a wonderful opportunity for all of you budding or would-be playwrights out there to flex your creative muscles.  OT will be collaborating with AATP in preparation for the latter’s first annual monologue slam (competition), to be held on November 20th at 8 pm in the CoHo.  The slam itself will feature performances from the 10-minute play “R.A.W.” as well as the presentation of original monologues written by no other than…that’s right…YOU!

OT will be co-hosting a craft seminar with AATP about dramatic writing on the Thursday before the entry deadline.  We will also be posting periodic updates, including advice about monologue-writing, to this blog, so keep checking back for more info!

Here are the rules, courtesy of the AATP’s e-flyer:

“Write a monologue (2 mins max) for you or a friend to perform and compete for awesome prizes to the Stanford Bookstore, Jamba Juice, and the Coho!! Simply sign up, show up, and SLAM!!!

To enter the competition, email kwyoung@stanford.edu by Sunday, November 16, with the following information:

  • Author and performer name
  • The subject and style of monologue
  • (e.g.  My name’s Mitra Tizzles, I’m performing myself, My monologue is a comedy about giant balls…of boba.)

For guidance writing the monologue, visit oceanictongues.stanford.edu [OT’s note: actually, visit the BLOG, not the main web site] or attend one of AATP’s Thursday night acting workshops at 9PM in the A3C Ballroom!”

Happy writing, folks!  Keep ’em coming.


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OT is having its first craft seminar this Thursday, Oct. 30th.  Please join us in Margaret Jacks Hall, rm 429 at 6:30pm. I’ll be leading a workshop on “characters” in fiction and writing in general.

How do you bring someone to life using only words?
Why is it that some characters haunt us long after we’ve put the book down?
Where do characters come from?
Is there a difference between being a character and being human?
Are YOU a character?

For a hearty discussion of such questions and more, come Thursday with a pen, paper, and favorite persona (or imaginary friend! =]). You will be doing some writing.  Should be fun!

Hope to see you there,

Vice President

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From our new president, Henry Leung:

“Check it out: Oceanic Tongues (Stanford’s Asian American Writers’
Workshop) is having its first official meeting this Thursday the 16th
at 6:30. It’s been a long summer and a long few weeks of classes. Now
it’s time to have free pizza, to meet with other writers on campus, to
have some fun, and to have free pizza.

Come if you write, like to write, want to write, always thought about
writing but never really got around to it. Come if you’re
Asian-American, or Pacific-Islander, or white, or blue, or any
combination of skin color. Come with an empty stomach, a pen and
paper, and a story to tell.

Thursday, October 16th
building 460, room 429
(Margaret Jacks Hall, aka the English Dept)

Don’t miss this.”

-Henry Leung, president

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