Meet Kenyon’s Newest Author, Rioghnach Robinson ’16

(via Facebook)

(via Facebook)

Has your tiny, collegiate body ever ingestsed a beautiful novel and thought, “Wow, this is all I want to create and more! The plot twists, the unexpected heroism, the heartwarming message – every part of this book-reading experience is glorious, and I would love to replicate it with words of my own!” These may or may not have been the thoughts of soon-to-be-published YA author Rioghnach Robinson ’16, whose book Seven Ways We Lie (published under the pseudonym “Riley Redgate”) hits shelves March 8th. We asked Robinson a few questions regarding her book and her writing process. Aspiring novelists, take note!

The Kenyon Thrill: Can you give us a brief summary of your book?
Robinson: Yes! Narrated from the perspective of seven high school juniors, one for each of the seven deadly sins, Seven Ways We Lie explores how the ripple effect from a teacher-student relationship forces each of the seven to confront their central flaw.

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My Elementary School Journals: A Kenyon Story

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Bully for you, Adam Reed ’15.

Remember when doing a doing a history project meant you had to dress up like a historical figure? I sure do. Elementary school was a dynamic and educational time. Fourth grade was probably the first time you started to question authority, or else it was the year you learned that you can turn ice cream into soup if you mix it up really well. What I’m saying is that our younger selves were both profound and innovative, and this feature is dedicated to highlighting those brilliant minds and memories.

Read real elementary school journals from real Kenyon students after the jump!

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NaNoWriMo Madness

Onward, dear writers! via pebblesandbuttons.com

Onward, dear writers! (via pebblesandbuttons.com)

For most Kenyonites, November is significant mainly for the monstrous piles of homework and exams that stand between them and Thanksgiving break. For a valiant group of Kenyon writers who have stepped up to the challenge of National Novel Writing Month, November is the month that puts their writing chops – and their sanity – to the test.

For the uninitiated, National Novel Writing Month, or NaNoWriMo, is an annual event for amateur writers. The goal: 50,000 words between midnight on November 1st and 11:59 PM November 30th. Luckily, Kenyon participants have a built-in support system in KWC-WT, the campus creative writing collective.

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Four-Minute Lecture: Professor David Suggs

Welcome to Four-Minute Lectures.  All semester, we will be bringing in professors you know and love to deliver Four-Minute micro-lectures for the betterment of our minds.  They will encompass a wide variety of topics and departments.

suggs(0)-1This week’s Four-Minute Lecture is with Professor of Anthropology, David Suggs. Trained in medical anthropology with an area focus on southern Africa, Suggs has conducted extensive research in Botswana on gender, life course, and alcohol consumption. Most recently, his research has focused on the meaning of alcohol consumption among college students, specifically those at Kenyon.

Watch the lecture after the jump!

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Some Advice on Writing at Kenyon

This post was originally written for the Collegian’s Orientation issue, but, as is the writer’s curse, it was cut due to lack of space. The writer, who is one of The Thrill’s editors-in-chief, came to Kenyon as a prospective English major but ended up in political science — with a minor in English. 

Contrary to this stock photo, please complete your Kenyon coursework in English (photo via Wikimedia Commons).

Kenyon has a reputation as a writers’ college, and while that is true, it is not the whole story. Not everyone at Kenyon came here with a passion for writing, and no one who graduates has automatically been transformed into a great writer by virtue of his or her degree. With that in mind, writing will definitely be integral to many of your classes, and it’s worth going over a few pointers to help you get off on the right foot.

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Four-Minute Lecture: Professor Katharine Weber

Welcome to Four-Minute Lectures.  All semester, we will be bringing in professors you know and love to deliver Four-Minute micro-lectures for the betterment of our minds.  They will encompass a wide variety of topics and departments.

curtisThis week’s Four-Minute Lecture is with Richard L. Thomas Visiting Professor of Creative Writing Katharine Weber. Weber has published six books and had stories appear in The New Yorker, Boulevard Magenta and Southwest Review, to name a few. She teaches both Intro to Creative Non-Fiction and Advanced Fiction Writing, and comes to us today to talk about bad writing and bad writing advice.

Watch the lecture after the jump!

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My Elementary School Journal: A Kenyon Story Vol. II

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Whatever, let’s not talk about it.

As you can tell from this yearbook photo, I was in fifth grade once. This was a time before I attended the 84th best party school in the nation; a quieter time of turtlenecks and braces.We received such a great response from our first article that The Thrill has decided to continue this series of early (and some might say “awkward”) writing from Kenyon students. Continue reading