Contribute to the 48 Hour Magazine Project

Wesleyan’s 48 Hour Magazine is back–this weekend, students will spend 48 hours writing, editing, copy-editing, designing, laying-out and printing a magazine, and they want your help. Check out last year’s magazine at, then get working on this year’s!

Where: The Shapiro Creative Writing Center (167 High St.) and Usdan.
When: 12 p.m. Friday to 12 p.m. Sunday
Who: You! Writers, illustrators, designers, copy editors, filmmakers…everyone is welcome!
With questions, contact: Benjamin Soloway ( or Daniel Nass ( are heading up the project.

From 48 Mag’s Facebook event description:

“The time is approaching fast! At noon on Friday, February 1st, we will announce the theme and prompts/suggestions on Facebook, Wesleying, and via email. The submission period begins at noon and ends at midnight. Email all submission to

We are looking for ANY form of writing or visual content, with a preference for materials created in the submission time frame. If you set aside an hour or two (or three) on Friday afternoon, you should have plenty of time to look over the (very broad) theme and take on a short, adventurous project, either of your own design or inspired by one of our prompts. If you already have material that fits, send it as well!

From 12:00–8:00 p.m. on Friday, 48 Mag will be manning (and womanning) a table in Usdan. The idea is to have a place where passersby can stop for a moment to contribute snippets to the magazine. Last year, this was one of the most successful and fun aspects of the project.

If you would like to spend some time running the Usdan station, let us know ASAP!

A rough schedule for the weekend is below. If you are interested in contributing to any phase of the project, show up around the time listed (or later—we’re not turning anybody away!)

12PM: Theme is announced, submissions begin to arrive.
12PM-8PM: Submissions are collected at Usdan table.

12AM: Submissions close. Team convenes in Shapiro Writing Center (167 High St.) to review submissions and select content.
9AM: Editing and print design teams meet to begin editing pieces, designing print templates, etc. Illustrators begin illustrating. We eat breakfast.
12PM: Delicious food for everybody.
3PM: Layout begins.
8PM: Copy editing begins. Web team convenes to begin putting content online.

8AM: Layout finalized, last minute editing and corrections.
10AM: Video submissions due.
12PM: MAGAZINE FINISHED and sent off to the printer.
This is going to be a fun, frantic, frenzied weekend. It feels good to make good things, fast. Please submit! Come and join us! Bring your friends! Email us with any questions.

Sleep is for the weak.

– The 48 Hour Magazine team”

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Apply for a Writing Mentor!

Have you ever wanted a personal editor? Someone who would work with you one-on-one to help you tackle your writing assignments and hone your writing skills?

If so, you should apply for a Writing Mentor!

Your mentor will work with you one-on-one throughout the semester on anything and everything you’re writing, from term papers to cover letters to short stories. Mentors meet with students weekly to help with brainstorming, organization, grammar–even time management.

Students of all years and disciplines are encouraged to apply for this completely free service.

The deadline to apply is Thursday, February 7th, at 12 p.m. (noon). For the online application, click here.

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Writing Workshop closed for Winter Break

Whew! Final exams are over, papers are handed in, and the Writing Workshop is closed for Winter Break. You can still get in touch with us by emailing, but we won’t be checking email every day, so if you urgently need to speak to someone, please contact Professor Anne Greene, Director of Writing Programs, at

We’ve enjoyed reading your papers, discussing your ideas, and thinking about writing with you this semester! Have a relaxing break, and we look forward to working with you in the new year.


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Submit to the Hangman’s Lime

Calling all poets: The Hangman’s Lime is looking for submissions!

Co-editor Robecca Coven ’13 writes: “The Hangman’s Lime is Wesleyan’s oldest all-poetry magazine. Our name comes from the Dylan Thomas poem ‘The force that through the green fuse drives the flower.’ Each year we select a small number of works from a great many undergraduate submissions to publish in an issue put out in the spring. At Hangman’s Lime we believe in the value of a community of poets. This community is as multifaceted as the word will allow, and those boundaries are stretched and redefined with every poem produced. Our mission is that the Lime be an outlet for the voices of undergrad poets at Wesleyan and through our efforts encourage open discussion about poetry.”

We welcome all types of poetry. Submissions are due by December 1 and can be sent to
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Working on a Senior Thesis? Apply for a Thesis Mentor!

Starting to feel a bit overwhelmed by your senior thesis? You’ve been researching for months, collecting data and structuring your thoughts, but soon you actually have to start writing the thesis.

But don’t panic! You still have plenty of time to write an honors-worthy manuscript, as long as you get started soon and stay organized. The other big favor you can do for yourself? Sign up for a thesis mentor!

Your thesis mentor will work with you throughout the spring semester, meeting as regularly as you’d like to discuss any and all aspects of your thesis. Your mentor can discuss ideas with you, help you structure your argument, look over that one chapter that isn’t clicking, and even read through your whole thesis before you turn it in (something your advisor might not do!). It’s incredibly beneficial to partner with someone who can keep you on task and track the development of your thesis over time.

To apply for a thesis mentor, fill out this form by Friday, November 16 at 5 PM. Please note that this is a very popular program and while we do our best to help everyone, we will likely not have the resources available to pair every applicant with a mentor. Therefore, we suggest that you both apply early and make a good case in your application for why you would like to work with a mentor!

If you have any questions about the thesis mentor program, please direct them to Ford Fellow Emma Mohney at (860) 265-2440 or

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TODAY: Evelyn Lamb: “From Science to Writing”

Evelyn Lamb is a freelance science writer with a Ph.D. in math.  Or maybe she’s a mathematician who does freelance writing on the side.  She talks about her start in writing and how to incorporate writing into your career as a scientist or mathematician TODAY, Tuesday, Nov. 6, at 4:15 p.m. in Allbritton 311. 

Evelyn received her Ph.D. in Math from Rice University in 2012.  In 2012 she was awarded the American Math Society’s Mass Media Fellowship.  She spent her fellowship at Scientific American, where she continues to write, blog and podcast.

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Apply to be a Writing Tutor in the Spring Semester!

If you love to read, write, and–most importantly–read others’ writing, apply to be a writing tutor this spring!

The Writing Workshop has a few–only a few–Spring 2013 writing tutor positions open for highly qualified applicants. Apply now–the quick and easy pre-application form is due online this Monday, November 5th.

Tutors will be compensated for one semester of work with a $400 stipend and 1 course credit in English. All tutors are trained in ENGL 491/2, the Ford Teaching Seminar, which meets on Tuesdays from 12-1 PM.

There are two steps in the application process:

  1. The pre-application form is due online on Monday, November 5 at 5 pm. This is a short form indicating your interest in applying for a position.
  2. The full application is due on Monday, November 12 at 5 pm. Applications are to be delivered to Professor Greene’s office (Downey House Room 207).

To learn more, visit our website. Please direct any questions to Ford Fellow Emma Mohney (writingworks@wes or ext. 2440) or Professor Anne Greene (agreene@wes or ext. 3604).

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This Friday: Writer Nona Willis Aronowitz ’06 Speaks at 200 Church

This Friday, November 2nd, at 200 Church at 4:30 p.m., writer Nona Willis Aronowitz ’06 will give a talk titled “Minimum Ragers.” Her lecture will focus on the economic fate of the downwardly mobile Millennials and how that will affect the future of labor movements and how we think about our professional identity. This discussion will be based on Nona’s work as manifested in her “Hustlin” series at GOOD Magazine.

Nona’s writing about feminism, sex, politics, and pop culture has appeared in The Nation, The New York Observer, The Atlantic, The Village Voice, Slate, The American Prospect, Salon, and The Washington Post. She also edited the anthology of her mother Ellen Willis’s rock criticism and co-wrote the book Girldrive: Criss-crossing American, Redefining Feminism after graduating from Wesleyan.

You can learn more about Nona’s work by visiting her website.

This event is sponsored by the Adelphic Educational Fund, SALD, After Hours Literary Magazine, and the Sociology Department.

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This Friday: Learn about the Writing Certificate

Interested in the Writing Certificate?

Please come to our Information Session:
Friday, November 2, 12-1 pm, in 41 Wyllys, Room 114.

Professor Anne Greene, Writing Certificate Coordinator, and Kate Thorpe, Teagle Fellow in the Writing Programs, as well as current students working towards the certificate will provide helpful information about the certificate program and answer any questions you may have.

Mondo Pizza will be served.

Please contact Kate Thorpe,, or Professor Greene,, if you have questions.

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This Sunday: A Celebration of New Letters!

This Sunday, October 7th, Wesleyan Writers Conference & Shapiro Creative Writing Center present A Celebration of New Letters: A day of readings and panels by innovative writers of prose and poetry. Speakers for this event include acclaimed poets, fiction and nonfiction writers and representatives of various alternative presses and literary organizations such as Wesleyan University Press and Poets House.

Schedule of Events:
10:30 AM Coffee & pastries
11:00 AM Panel on Intertwining Forms (Prose & Poetry)–Heather Christle, Douglas A. Martin, and Richard Meier
12:00 PM Reading: Heather Christle and Douglas A. Martin
2:30 PM Reading: Richard Meier and Stephen Motika
3:30 PM Panel on Poetic Communities & Alternative Publishing– Richard Deming, Dorothea Lasky, Stephen Motika, and Parker Smathers
4:35 PM Reading: Parker Smathers, Richard Deming, and Dorothea Lasky

Heather Christle, author of What is Amazing
Richard Deming (Phylum Press), author of Let’s Not Call It Consequence
Dorothea Lasky, author of Thunderbird
Douglas A. Martin, author of Your Body Figured
Richard Meier, author of In the Pure Block of the Whole Imaginary
Stephen Motika (Poets House), author of Western Practice
Parker Smathers, poet, editor at Wesleyan University Press

The event is free and open to the public. No RSVP or registration is required, and you are welcome to attend for as much or as little of the day as you like.

For more information, please contact Kate Thorpe, Teagle Fellow in the Writing Programs, at or (860) 685-3224 or visit

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