Bryson Events and Meetings this Semester

Hey everyone! Here is a master list of Bryson’s events this semester. What we’ve decided to do, in hopes of more people being able to attend, is simply hold our meetings after the evening events. If you can’t make an events but still would like to attend the meeting, just show up about an hour after the event time and hang out around that area until you find us/the event finishes (except the Don Giovani performance as that is an opera so will be probably closer to 3 hours).

Thursday, 28th at 12:30pm - Creative Writing Lunch - “An Unexpected Guest” -4th floor of Scharbauer, the Veteran’s Lounge

Friday, 1st at 7pm - TCU School of Music performance of Don Giovanni -Ed Landreth Hall
Thursday, 7th at 6pm - Bryson Movie Night -New Media Writing Studio
Thursday, 21st at 6:30pm - Addran Distinguished Lectureship Series featuring Dr. Theresa Gaul
Thursday, 28th at 12:30pm - Creative Writing Lunch - “Your Reality or Mine?” -Veteran’s Lounge

Wednesday, 3rd at 6:30pm - Live Oak Reading
Thursday, 11th at 6pm - Bryson Writing Workshop -New Media Writing Studio
Thursday, 18th at 6:30pm - Live Oak Reading
Thursday, 25th at 12:30pm - Creative Writing Lunch - “Off on a Tangent” -Veteran’s Longue

Hey Everyone! Bryson’s finally getting T-Shirts!!

I emailed this out to everyone who’s an orgsync member, but if you are not, for whatever reason, and would like a tshirt, please email me (Elizabeth Stoltenberg) using your TCU email with the letter of which design is your favorite, your shirt size, and which color you think the shirts should be! (We want them to stand out, so not the typical “purple with white letters”, but please nothing florescent.) 

You have until Wednesday (the 27th) at noon to email me, at which point voting is cut off and I will email everyone who responded with which design won and what color they’ll be. We anticipate the shirts costing about $8-10, but we’ll let you know for sure then as well.

Be looking for more events and meeting opportunities! I will be posting them shortly and will be posting reminders!


Don’t forget about the themed creative writing luncheons we’re putting on this semester!

All you need to bring to Schar 4015 (Veteran’s Lounge) is yourself and a small writing sample roughly related to the topic provided. Or, you can just come and listen if you don’t want to share your writing (:


Reminders will be posted here before each one!

Creative Writing Luncheons!

Hey TCU! Do you want a free lunch and a mini creative writing workshop with some of the English Department faculty?


Thursday, February 28th at 12:30pm: "An Unexpected Guest"

Thursday, March 28th at 12:30pm: "Your Reality or Mine?"

Thursday, April 25th at 12:30pm: "Off on a Tangent"

All you need to bring is yourself and a small work at least vaguely related to the topic provided (:

We’ll be reminding you of each one as it approaches. Hope to see you there!



One of our own has very recently published his very fist novel, called The Cloak Society, and he’s here on campus TODAY!!!!!!! 

Tired of eating at the bluu? Come to a come and go Q&A luncheon from 12:30-1:30 on the 4th floor of Scharbauer (the Veteran’s Lounge). You don’t have to have read the book!!! Feel free to ask about the publishing process or how to get a job after you graduate (he interned at Marvel!). Or don’t ask any questions; just come and enjoy his lovely sense of humor!

Can’t make the luncheon? He’s also doing a public reading tonight at 7pm in Moudy South room 320!! He’ll be reading from The Cloak Society, there’ll be time for questions, and he’ll be signing as well. 


Not sure if you’re interested? Check out his website and his twitter and his book and then try to tell me you’re still not interested. He’s awesome and nerdy and funny. What’s not to love?



Hey, everyone. Please excuse my absence the past couple of weeks. I went through a rough emotional patch due to a very poor combination of sickness, hormones, not eating well, and a stressed out boyfriend. Working on it, though, and am definitely on the mend!  

Here’s what we have coming up:

TODAY! is Jeramey Kraatz’s visit to the tcu campus. Come and go Q&A luncheon is at 12:30 on the 4th floor of Scharbauer and public reading/Q&A/signing/etc. is at 7pm in Moudy South 320. More info momentarily in a separate post.

TOMORROW! is out next meeting. IT’S A MOVIE NIGHT! Come watch Stephen King’s Pet Sematary with us! Again, more info to come in a separate text post when I ask Taylor what our focus with the movie will be. (:

For our followers who are not members: 
I have NO ASSIGNMENTS the next week or so. I will definitely be rebuilding the queue so that when school attacks or if life once again mixes disastrously and  I fail to be posting, I will not just disappear agin. 

Love you all,

This World is Not Conclusion —Emily Dickinson

This World is not Conclusion.

A Species stands beyond —

Invisible, as Music —

But positive, as Sound —

It beckons, and it baffles —

Philosophy — don’t know —

And through a Riddle, at the last —

Sagacity, must go —

To guess it, puzzles scholars —

To gain it, Men have borne

Contempt of Generations

And Crucifixion, shown —

Faith slips — and laughs, and rallies —

Blushes, if any see —

Plucks at a twig of Evidence —

And asks a Vane, the way —

Much Gesture, from the Pulpit —

Strong Hallelujahs roll —

Narcotics cannot still the Tooth

That nibbles at the soul —

When I Heard the Learn’d Astronomer —Walt Whitman

WHEN I heard the learn’d astronomer;  

When the proofs, the figures, were ranged in columns before me;  

When I was shown the charts and the diagrams, to add, divide, and measure them;  

When I, sitting, heard the astronomer, where he lectured with much applause in the lecture-room,  

How soon, unaccountable, I became tired and sick;         5

Till rising and gliding out, I wander’d off by myself,  

In the mystical moist night-air, and from time to time,  

Look’d up in perfect silence at the stars.


Don’t forget, everyone! Tonight, at 7:30 in Scharbauer 2003 (New Media Writing Studio), Bryson Literary Society is hosting an All Hallows Read scary book exchange a day late!

All you would need to do is bring yourself and a scary/horror/thriller type book that you are willing to part with (or buy a new copy to bring if you don’t have any you aren’t going to reread) and we will all walk home with a new book to read! (:

Some other announcements:
*I think we may have a couple of the people running for SGA come talk with us about their platforms. They asked and we told them they were welcome to come by. 
*I have a very unique opportunity for you guys that I will be discussing! :D I’m super excited. 


A Psalm of Life- What the heart of the young man said to the Psalmist by Longefellow

 TELL me not, in mournful numbers, 

        Life is but an empty dream ! —

    For the soul is dead that slumbers, 

        And things are not what they seem.

    Life is real !   Life is earnest! 

        And the grave is not its goal ; 

    Dust thou art, to dust returnest, 

        Was not spoken of the soul.

    Not enjoyment, and not sorrow, 

        Is our destined end or way ; 

    But to act, that each to-morrow 

        Find us farther than to-day.

    Art is long, and Time is fleeting, 

        And our hearts, though stout and brave, 

    Still, like muffled drums, are beating 

        Funeral marches to the grave.

    In the world’s broad field of battle, 

        In the bivouac of Life, 

    Be not like dumb, driven cattle ! 

        Be a hero in the strife !

    Trust no Future, howe’er pleasant ! 

        Let the dead Past bury its dead ! 

    Act,— act in the living Present ! 

        Heart within, and God o’erhead !

    Lives of great men all remind us 

        We can make our lives sublime, 

    And, departing, leave behind us 

        Footprints on the sands of time ;

    Footprints, that perhaps another, 

        Sailing o’er life’s solemn main, 

    A forlorn and shipwrecked brother, 

        Seeing, shall take heart again.

    Let us, then, be up and doing, 

        With a heart for any fate ; 

    Still achieving, still pursuing, 

        Learn to labor and to wait.