Sunday, 18 May 2014

Writing in the SCA: An Overview and Discussion

By THLaird Colyne Stewart (mka Todd Fischer)
Fruits of our Labours (FOOL), May 2014 (AS 49)

POETRY

  • Norse poetry
  • Anglo-saxon poetry

Places to Publish Poetry:

SONGS

Filking

Filking is a modern term for taking the tune from a song and writing new lyrics for it. Outside of the SCA, filks usually make references to science-fiction, fantasy, video games and other ‘geek’ culture. Usually when filking the borrowed tune is from a modern song. If you’re using a tune from a period song, that is more accurately called contre-fait.

Contre-fait

Like filk, contre-fait is the practice of taking the tune from an existing song and writing new lyrics for it. This often happened in period, with regional lyrics popping up for the same songs.

Original Songs

Places to Publish Songs:

SHORT STORIES

Places to Publish Short Stories:

EVENT REPORTS

Places to Publish Event Reports:

A&S PAPERS

Places to Publish A&S Papers:

AWARD SCROLLS

Places to Publish Award Scroll Wordings:

PROCLAMATIONS

In period, when a tournament was held, a proclamation would be made. If your event is going to have a tournament, why not write such an announcement?

Places to Publish Proclamations:
  • A personal SCA blog
  • The e-list

LETTERS

Sending emails or writing letters is also an opportunity to flex writing muscles. You can base your communications on letters and epistles from period.

Places to Publish Award Letters:
  • A personal SCA blog
  • The e-list

CHARTERS

Occasionally the opportunity may arise for you to write a charter. Guilds often have charters, and sometime when the crown grants lands, they may want a charter written up.

Places to Publish Charters:

LIST OF HELPFUL WEBSOURCES

Full Texts: Collections

Literature

Letters

Poetry

Writing (Misc.)


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