Teagle Panel: What Is Writing Good For?

Come to Downey this Tuesday to hear Professors Stephanie Weiner (English), Jan Naegele (NS&B), and Peter Gottschalk (Religion) discuss how mastery of certain writing techniques can be important in jobs and internships beyond Wesleyan.

Alumni in any number of professions, from law to engineering to medicine, tell us how important the writing skills they learned at Wesleyan have been as they’ve advanced in their careers. But just how can your paper on the symbolic resonance of garbage in Dickens’ Our Mutual Friend or your essay on how a Greek verb changed global Christianity help you excel in a professional career outside of academia?

This panel is part of a grant-funded initiative to support the teaching of writing at Wesleyan, and all three speakers have participated in a weekly faculty seminar to discuss strategies for teaching writing across the curriculum.

Date: Tuesday, April 16th
Time: 4:15 p.m.
Place: Downey 113

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Reminder: Writing Certificate Info Session TODAY, 12-1 p.m.

Want to learn more about the Writing Certificate? Join us today, Friday, April 12th, in Allbritton 311 from 12-1 p.m. to hear Professor Anne Greene and several upperclass writing students talk about the Certificate.

We’ll be serving Mondo pizza and fielding your questions about the goals, requirements, and logistics of the Writing Certificate.

See you there!


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Monday: Nikky Finney and A. J. Verdelle, the Joan Jakobson Evening at the Russell House

Authors A. J. Verdelle and Nikky Finney, this year’s Joan Jakobson Visiting Writers, will speak at Russell House next Monday, April 15th, at 8 p.m.

A.J. Verdelle’s debut novel, The Good Negress, won numerous prizes—including awards from the American Academy of Arts and Letters and the Bunting Institute at Harvard University—and was a “finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize,  the PEN/Faulkner Award, and  the IMPAC/Dublin International Award. Verdelle also has received a Whiting Writers’ Award. Her essays on subjects ranging from slavery to art to motherhood have been published widely. She teaches in the MFA program at Lesley College.

Nikky Finney’s most recent book of poetry, Head Off & Split, received the 2011 National Book Award. Her other books of poetry include The World Is Round and Rice. She is also the author of Heartwood, a story collection, and the editor of The Ringing Ear: Black Poets Lean South. She has received a PEN America Open Book Award, the Benjamin Franklin Award for Poetry, and numerous other prizes. She is Provost’s Distinguished Professor of English at the University of Kentucky.

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Mark Your Calendars: Wesleyan Writers Conference 2013

This June we will be holding our 57th annual Wesleyan Writers Conference, a week of intensive engagement with the writer’s craft.

Seminars led by award-winning writers, informed panel discussions on publishing, workshops with distinguished faculty: these are just some of the exciting activities the program has to offer. All with an interest in writing or related fields–and those at any stage in the writing process–are encouraged to attend.

The conference runs from Wednesday, June 12, to Sunday, June 16, with a one-day festival on Saturday, June 15. To register for either the full conference or just the festival, visit the Wesleyan Writers Conference registration web page, which also contains information on how to submit a manuscript for reading.

Details on specific events are forthcoming; spaces are limited, so please consider enrolling soon. For additional information on the conference, contact Anne Greene, Director, by telephone (860 685 3604), fax (860 685 2441), or email (agreene@wesleyan.edu).

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This Friday: Writing Certificate Open House, 12 p.m.

Considering Wesleyan’s exciting Writing Certificate? Come and learn about the Certificate at an information session and lunch this FRIDAY, April 12th, from noon to 1 p.m. in Allbritton 311. Professor Anne Greene and current students pursuing the Writing Certificate will talk about the goals, opportunities, and logistics of the program, and how it can help you pursue your love of writing here at Wes! (If you’re not convinced yet, we’ll be serving Mondo pizza.)

The Writing Certificate offers students from all majors a chance to practice writing in a range of forms. Courses approved for the Certificate include fiction-writing, poetry, screenwriting, playwriting, translation, and nonfiction, including biography, science writing, journalism, and writing about academic subjects for non-specialists.

Questions? Contact Professor Anne Greene at agreene@wesleyan.edu or 860-685-3604.

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Author/Journalist Jacques Steinberg on College Access

Last night, WSA President Zachary Malter ’13 passed along this message to students:

Interested in issues of education, college access and affordability, Wesleyan’s admissions, or journalism?

On Tuesday, April 9th, at 7:30 pm in the Memorial Chapel, the WSA will be hosting a talk by author and journalist Jacques Steinberg, titled “Beyond the Gatekeepers: The State of College Access and Affordability in America.” All students are encouraged to attend.

Jacques Steinberg is the author of “The Gatekeepers: Inside the Admissions Process of a Premier College,” a New York Times-best seller about the Wesleyan admissions process. Jacques was a journalist at The New York Times for nearly 25 years, most recently as its senior editor for education initiatives. Jacques left The Times in 2013 to join the senior leadership team at Say Yes to Education, a national non-profit organization based in New York City that provides an array of services to families in low-income districts – all with the goal of raising high-school and college graduation rates.

The talk is a part of the WSA’s New York Times Readership Program. A book signing in Zelnick Pavilion will follow the talk and books will be available for purchase there.

We hope to see you there tomorrow!

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Apply to be a Writing Tutor next year!

Do you love writing and working with writers? Do you want to learn how to improve your own work and help others improve theirs? Would you like to add an impressive job to your resume or grad school application? Then apply to work as a writing tutor next year!

The Writing Workshop is currently hiring tutors and mentors for the 2013-2014 academic year. As a writing tutor, you will meet with students in one four-hour shift a week in the Workshop.  As a writing mentor, you will be assigned four to five students to meet with weekly over the course of the semester.  You will receive one course credit in English and a $400 stipend. All tutors are trained in ENGL 491, the Ford Teaching Seminar, which meets weekly on Tuesdays, from 12-1 pm.

Students from all majors are encouraged to apply.

The short pre-application is due Friday, April 19th and the final application is due Friday, April 26th. To learn more or apply, visit: http://www.wesleyan.edu/writing/workshop/becometutor.html.

Questions? Contact Professor Anne Greene, Director of Writing Programs at 860-685-3604 or agreene@wesleyan.edu, or Ford Fellow Emma Mohney at writingworks@wesleyan.edu or 860-685-2440.

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TONIGHT: Colum McCann speaks at Russell House, 8 p.m.

Colum McCann will give the rescheduled 2012 Annie Sonnenblick Lecture at Russell House at 8 p.m. tonight, April 3rd. McCann’s most recent book, Let The Great World Spin (2009), was described by Esquire as the first major post-9/11 novel. The book received awards in the US, Europe, and Asia, including the 2009 National Book Award in the U.S, an award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and the 2011 IMPAC International Prize. McCann’s other novels include Zoli; Dancer; and This Side of Brightness, a story of building New York’s subway tunnels. His work has appeared in The New Yorker, Paris Review, Granta, The Atlantic Monthly, and GQ, and he has written for newspapers and periodicals including The New York Times, The Irish Times, Die Zeit, La Repubblica, Paris Match, and the Guardian.

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URGENT! Writing Fellowship Applications Due WEDNESDAY!

Calling seniors in all majors! 

If you are:
1. unsure of where you’ll be next year,
2. looking for work with significant responsibilities and learning opportunities,
3. hoping to get into graduate school in the future (or considering it), and
4. interested in contributing to the success of writing programs at Wesleyan,

then consider applying for Wesleyan’s prestigious post-graduate Writing Programs fellowships!

The application deadline for the two Writing Programs fellowships is right around the corner: Wednesday, March 27th, at 4:30 pm. You can find specific information on the application process–it’s quite simple!–at the Ford Fellowship and the Shapiro/Russell sites. (N.B. for those interested in the Shapiro Center/Russell House Arts Fellowship: As the Arts Fellow position is being redefined, just apply to the Ford Fellowship and be sure to indicate your interest in the Arts Fellowship.)

The deadline for other writing prizes and fellowships is also this Wednesday. Check out our website to see all of the opportunities awaiting you. It’s not too late; act now!

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Tomorrow, 8 p.m.: Panel with n+1 Editors

Don’t miss the first post-Spring-Break writing event (sponsored by SALD, Residential Life, and the College of Letters)! n+1 is a magazine of politics, literature, and culture based in Brooklyn. Editors Carla Blumenkranz, Dayna Tortorici, and Elizabeth Gumport will read a piece they wrote from the newest issue, discuss political writing, cultural criticism, and the publishing industry, and answer your questions. The first 20 people will receive a free copy of the latest n+1 issue. You can explore the magazine’s very cool website at http://nplusonemag.com/.

Time: 8:00 p.m.
Location: Allbritton 311
Admission: free

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