English Department challenges students to write a novel

            Writing a novel is difficult. Writing one in a month sounds impossible, but that is exactly what some Mason students intend to do this November when they participate in National Novel Writing Month, or better known as NaNoWriMo.

This annual nonprofit event challenges participants to write 50,000 words in a single month and attracts thousands of aspiring writers from around the globe.

Margaret Randell reveals different side of Che Guevara to Mason students

Margaret Randell, author of the book “Che on My Mind,” gave insight to students about her poetry and novels.

On Monday, Oct. 21, 2013, University Life, the Philosophy Department and the Women and Genders Studies Program allowed the Global Affairs Department and its students to experience a treat from a worldly, feminist writer and poet.  

Global affairs students, teachers and guests gathered to hear Randell talk about one of her favorite people, Ernesto "Che" Guevara.

Fourth Estate announces first ever horror story competition

Do you have a story you’d like to share with the rest of Mason campus that will keep them lying awake at nights, jumping at their own shadows?

Starting on Oct. 17, 2013, Fourth Estate will be searching for the most bone-chilling short stories and poems until Oct. 29 at 11:59 p.m with its Horror Story Competition. All works should be no less than 100 and no more than 1500 words in length. They will be judged based on adherence to the aforementioned guidelines, readability, and (most importantly) scariness.

There is no theme, just horror.

Fall for the Blog: Hope for GMU

Fourth Estate follows events of the Fifteenth Annual Fall for the Book Festival through 

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  • Fall for the Book: "In Your Face Mrs. Zaganhagen!"

    Fourth Estate follows events of the Fifteenth Annual Fall for the Book Festival through Fall for the Blog.

    Novelist Benjamin Percy shared with an audience full of students his love of werewolves and all things adventurous at the Johnson Center Cinema on Sept. 25.

    Fall for the Blog: Courtney Brkic and Marjan Kamali

    Fourth Estate follows events of the Fifteenth Annual Fall for the Book Festival through Fall for the Blog.
    Authors Courtney Brkic and Marjan Kamali share their accounts of immigrant-American life. 

    "Call and Response: Parallel Lives" returns for Fall for the Book

    The Johnson Center’s Gallery 123 contributes art and poetry to the upcoming “Fall for the Books” excitement. 

    Volition Magazine encourages Mason students to express themselves

    Volition Magazine, George Mason’s Literacy and Arts Journal, starts its fifteenth year on campus with two major events.

    Formerly known as Apathy, Volition Magazine is George Mason’s Literary and Arts Journal  packed into a small magazine with a big message: “Express yourself!” 


    Pride Week event highlights overlooked LGBTQ African-American authors

    The stories of black gay and lesbian writers are often erased from history. Even when homosexual, black authors have been included in history, like Langston Hughes, their sexuality is often erased from their narrative. American students often learn about Hughes’ poems such as “A Dream Deferred,” but rarely do they hear about his poem “Café 3am” which describes police brutality against the gay community.

    Q&A with GMU English professor Eric Pankey on his new book of poems

    “I always tell my students that one practices poetry. One is constantly learning and discovering how to write the next and the next poem,” explains Eric Pankey, a George Mason University English professor and a celebrated poet.