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Story Week Reader 2012
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Story Week Reader 2012



the greatest show on earth | Naomi Laurent
dog people | John Natzke
indeterminate probablility | John Ezra Attia
the fragile | Oleg Kazantsev
the effamorphosis | David Hughes
interstate 96 | Sahar Mustafah
the philosophy of tanuki | David Sim Wei Lun
beauty school dropout | Gibson Culbreth
love | Paul Rinn
ellen | Allison Sobczak

Creative Nonfiction

the distillation of letters | Eliza Fogel 
clean break | Charlie Harmon
the goat in the attic | Sahar Mustafah
mija | Alexandra Rodriguez
how to not talk about your mother | Patrick Andrews
how the hardy boys solved the mystery | Liz Baulder
my dad forgot how to write | Elizabeth Grear
fast eddie's | Jessie Morrison

One-Act Play

facebook and formaldehyde | Peter Nichols

Executive Editor
Jotham Burrello

Emily Schultze, Justin Bostian,
Matt Martin & Kevin Kane

Copy Editor/Layout
Daniel Prazer

Story Week Artistic Director
Randy Albers

Fiction Writing Department Faculty
Randy Albers, Chair; Patricia Ann McNair, Acting Chair; Andy Allegretti, Don DeGrazia, Ann Hemenway, Shawn Shiflett, Gary Johnson, Eric May, Joe Meno, Nami Mun, Audrey Niffenegger, Alexis Pride, Lisa Schlesinger, John Schultz, Betty Shiflett, and Sam Weller.

The Story Week Reader is published by the Fiction Writing Department at Columbia College Chicago. Printed by Columbia College Xerox Center. Photography, cover design and layout design by Ann Prazer; layout by Daniel Prazer. Fiction, creative nonfiction, stories in graphic form, and one-act play manuscripts of 750 words or fewer were submitted by students for consideration. The Publishing Lab, a student-run resource library, publishes this annual journal of student writing in conjunction with Story Week. Visit the Lab online at http://colum.edu/publishinglab for past issues, market research, and industry interviews and videos.

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Copyright © 2012 Fiction Writing Department

Editor's Note:
Published simultaneously in print and online, the Story Week Reader is in its eigth year as a launch pad for emerging writers. Add to that our collaboration with graphic artists designing Zine Columbia, and these stories will find new lives a full-color magazines over the coming years. It's been said that the real work in writing begins with revision. If so, each of our writers must be commended for their efforts in reimagining what their story had to tell and capturing it on the page; the results speak for themselves. As reading is the first step for fulfilling the potential of good writing, we encourage readers to reach out to the author of their favorite story. You must now take the next step by discussing the resonance of these stories, either with the writer or amongst friends. And there is no better place to start that conversation than during Story Week. Enjoy the festival. Make your next great story idea start here. 

Photos from the 2012 SWR reading:


The authors of SWR 2012



David Hughes reading from his story, "The Effamorphosis."


Alex Rodriguez reading from her story, "Mija."


Eliza Fogel reading from her story, "The Distillation of Letters."