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Inventing the Page

Six-Word Stories Showcase Creativity at Libraries’ Writing Challenge

Dean Nitecki congratulates winner Marcus Henderson

Drexel University Libraries hosted a Writing Challenge on Tuesday, May 22nd as a part of the University Archives’ Inventing the Page exhibition and the 2012 Week of Writing activities, sponsored by the Drexel Publishing Group. The challenge, held in the Libraries’ Bookmark Café, welcomed over thirty writers who were tasked with creating themed six-word stories.

Week of Writing - Libraries' Writing Challenge

Tuesday, May 22nd from 4:30 - 6 PM
W. W. Hagerty Library's Bookmark Cafe

Sharpen your pencils and gather your favorite writing utensils to celebrate the Week of Writing at the Drexel University Libraries’ Writing Challenge event! Attendees will compete in a two-round writing challenge to compose the best six-word story. Prizes will be awarded to the top three writers, selected by a panel of judges including Drexel students, staff and alumni.

Week of Writing - Libraries' Writing Challenge

Tuesday, May 22nd from 4:30 - 6 PM
W. W. Hagerty Library's Bookmark Cafe

Sharpen your pencils and gather your favorite writing utensils to celebrate the Week of Writing at the Drexel University Libraries’ upcoming Writing Challenge event on Tuesday, May 22nd!  Attendees will compete in a two-round writing challenge to compose the best six-word story.

Opening of Inventing the Page Exhibit Showcases Drexel Writers

On Wednesday, April 18, 2012, Drexel University Libraries welcomed over 40 guests to W. W.

Echo of Things to Come: Drexel's First Literary Magazine

To mark the Libraries' new exhibition, Inventing the Page: Student Literary Magazines at Drexel, the Archives' blog will feature a series of essays about past literary magazines by Drexel alumna and Archives volunteer, Martha Cornog. The new exhibition opens Wednesday, April 18, with a reception from 5-7 p.m. at Hagerty Library.

Echo of Things to Come: Drexel's First Literary Magazine

by Martha Cornog

"We propose to entertain and be entertained," wrote The Drexel Echo's fledgling editors, "to encourage and be encouraged, to be instructed, and, if possible, to instruct."

Drexel's first campus publication with literary content, Echo blossomed from the student body in 1907, a mere sixteen years after the institution was founded. By then, college literary magazines had become academic standbys. The Columbia Review claims to have been the first in the nation as of 1815, but then Columbia University itself was founded in 1754. The much older Harvard, first U.S. academic body as of 1636, dates its own Harvard Advocate magazine to 1866. So while ever so much younger, Drexel's Echo was certainly faster off the mark.

Actually, the monthly Echo resembles more an all-purpose campus magazine than a literary journal. While a handful of creative efforts—prose and poetry—open each issue, a "School Notes" section of news items follows with brief notes about class officers, faculty changes, news of the Library School, and the perennial sports updates. Reports on goings-on among student organizations and a jokes section close out the first issue. And on the back cover linger four paid advertisements: for a meat market, two photographers, and a sporting goods store.

Cover of the first issue of the Drexel Echo, 1907Cover of the first issue of the Drexel Echo, 1907

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