Congratulations and thank you

Last night’s Literary Arts Festival showcased some of the best and brightest at City Tech — students, faculty, staff, and invited guests. Please share your feedback about Brooklyn Castle or your photos and videos from the event. We encourage you to host your videos on YouTube or Vimeo and embed them in a post, or link us there. If you want to write a post, remember that you need to join this project by clicking “Join Now” on the profile.

The readings, presentations, performances, and keynote addresses were so moving–what are they motivating you to do?


The Daily News gave a shout out to City Tech’s Literary Arts Festival today in its “Free and Cheap in New York” feature. Here’s what they had to say:

QUEEN OF THE ‘CASTLE.’ Katie Dellamaggiore, who directed “Brooklyn Castle,” the acclaimed 2012 documentary about a Williamsburg chess team, will kick off the New York City College of Technology’s 32nd annual Literary Arts Festival. There also will be readings and performances by City Tech students. 5:30 p.m. Free. 240 Jay St., Brooklyn. (718) 260-4975.

Read more:

Just a reminder–follow along on on Twitter with the hashtag #LAF2013. And feel free to do more than follow along–add to the Twitter stream with your thoughts, reactions, and ideas.

The festival starts in just 75 minutes–be there or be square (like a square on a chess board)!

Start counting the hours!

In little more than a minute, the 2013 Literary Arts Festival will be exactly two days away! What can you do to share your enthusiasm? Here are ten things to do with that excitement:

  1. Go see Brooklyn Castle. There is a screening Wednesday at 1:00 in the Atrium Amphitheater, and some classes are screening it as well.
  2. Can’t get to a screening? Look for some clips online. If you find any, why not link us there on the  Brooklyn Castle page on our site.
  3. Share your thoughts about Brooklyn Castle by adding a comment on the Brooklyn Castle page on our site.
  4. Share your thoughts on your class’s OpenLab site, or even in your ePortfolio.
  5. Look back at some older posts here on this site–there are clips of interviews with both speakers. You can also read tweets tagged #LAF2013 in the sidebar of this site–scroll down and look on the right.
  6. Tell your tweeps. Use the hashtag #LAF2013.
  7. Not much of a tweeter yourself? Retweet some of the most interesting tweets leading up to the festival and during the festival.
  8. You’re allowed to tweet during the Literary Arts Festival?! Sure–help us keep the backchannel active by using the hashtag #LAF2013. If you’re there with your class, you might want to talk to your professor first.
  9. Encourage your classmates and friends to go to the festival–5:30pm on Thursday, 4/18, at 240 Jay Street, in the Midway Auditorium.


Do you realize that by this time next week, we’ll be saying that at that time in two days, the festival will be upon us?! No doubt you saw our countdown clock alerting you to how soon the festival is. Now you need to get into the excitement by tweeting about the festival! Use the hashtag #LAF2013 so everyone interested can read your tweets. Once you start tweeting about #LAF2013, @CityTechLitFest might start following you.You can also follow @CityTechLitFest for updates, reminders, and announcements about the festival, as well as interesting retweets related to writing, City Tech, and Brooklyn, among other things. But especially writing.


LAF and social media

As April 18th approaches, how will you keep up with LAF updates, reminders, and other important bits of information? How will you contribute information yourself? This site is a great place to share ideas about the Literary Arts Festival–join the project to contribute posts, or just comment on a relevant post.

You can also follow @CityTechLitFest on Twitter. Have something to tweet about the Literary Arts Festival? Use the hashtag #LAF2013. Or just follow along. As the festival gets closer, you’ll see more twitter activity from that account and with that hashtag.

Until then, see you back here or on Twitter!


Maybe you’re a great writer and you submitted a piece of your writing to each category of the writing competition. Maybe this was your first venture sharing your writing with someone else. Maybe you didn’t find the time in your schedule to submit something. Maybe you are just beginning to think about yourself as a writer. Maybe you missed it–there’s always next year.

With the writing competition behind us, the judges will begin to review the submissions. In the meanwhile. let’s focus our attention on the festival itself.

Students can volunteer to join the LAF team.

Faculty members can arrange for screenings of Brooklyn Castle in their classes.

You can mark your calendar for Thursday, April 18th, 5:00pm, Midway Community Room. And spread the word.

Get to know the LAF’s special guest speakers

Want to know more about the Literary Arts Festival’s special guest speakers? You can watch an interview with Efekoro and Dellamaggiore on “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart”: