The Rowan Writing Center is celebrating its 10th anniversary of helping students become stronger, more confident writers by hosting a series of events next week featuring John Warner. The author of Why They Can’t Write and The Writer’s Practice, Warner will be speaking at the Rowan Art Gallery at 5 p.m. Thursday, March 5 and at the Chamberlain Student Center (Room 221) at 9 a.m. on Friday March 6. . . . In preparation for the visit, a pair of reading group discussions focusing on Why They Can’t Write will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, March 4 in Victoria 422 and at 3:30 p.m. that afternoon in the fifth-floor conference room of Victoria Hall. Please contact Writing Center Assistant Director Leslie Allison to RSVP for any or all of these events.
Adjunct instructors Donna Mehalchick-Opal and Daniel Boulos are the 2019 winners of the Rowan Writing Arts Adjunct Award for Outstanding Teaching. This award is given annually to two adjunct instructors who represent the best of writing instruction practices and provide our students with high-quality writing instruction and a meaningful learning experience. Both Donna and Daniel will receive a $250 cash award. . . . Kudos also to the multiple winners of the 2019 Adjunct Award for Excellence in Teaching: Melissa Perry, Frank Ward, Michael Fisher, Betsy Langley, Christina Maxwell, Deborah Scott, Christopher Tirri, Grayson Morley, Jenna Burke, Ann Caputo, Mark Krupinski, Beth Mecca, Nazneen Mandviwalla, and Tyler Riggs. The Excellent in Teaching honor goes to adjunct instructors based on their adjunct review teaching portfolio materials.
The final weekday of spring break – Friday, March 20 – is the deadline for submissions for the 2020 Denise Gess Literary Awards. First-, second-, and third-place winners for the best poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction entries will be announced the week of April 6. Cash awards in each category of $200 (first place), $100 (second place) and $50 (third place) will be presented on Thursday, April 16 at 6:30 p.m. at the Rowan University Welcome Center, 131 Rowan Boulevard, as the winners read their works. Click here for contest rules and submission procedures, and contact contest coordinator Lisa Jahn-Clough for more details.
The Writing Arts Department’s Singularity Press will be holding a fund-raising book drive on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, March 10, 11 and 12 in the first-floor lobby of Victoria Hall. If you have books to drop off for the sale, please leave them at Victoria Hall Room 512, the office of Singularity Press Faculty Advisor Megan Atwood. Please stop by to peruse the selection and maybe pick up a long-forgotten classic you’d like to read or re-read. Please contact Megan for more details.
Issue 20 – the Spring 2020 issue – of the Glassworks literary journal will debut at a reading scheduled for Thursday, March 26 at 6:30 p.m. at the Rowan Art Gallery, 301 High Street. Authors published in the new issue and previous ones will be presenting their work and Glassworks interns and staff members will be reading as well. Light refreshments will be available. Glassworks is a publication of the Master of Arts in Writing program in Rowan’s Ric Edelman College of Communication and Creative Arts (RECCCA). Please contact Editor-In-Chief Katie Budris for more information.
Writing Arts Graduate Student Has Essay Published
Jackie Domenus, a student in the Master of Arts in Writing program, had her essay “A Learned Behavior” published in Entropy Magazine. The work is a hybrid personal essay/cultural criticism written for colleague Heather Lanier’s “Innovations and Experiments in the Essay” graduate-level course. The piece explores the lack of LGBTQ representation in movies and television shows targeted at children. Click here to read Jackie’s essay.
- Tuesday, March 3 is the date of this year’s Student Career Fair jointly sponsored by the RECCCA and the College of Humanities and Social Sciences in the Chamberlain Student Center Ballroom. Click here for more details.
Stephen A. Royek M.A.
Lecturer, Writing Arts, Rowan University
Chair, Faculty Senate Awards Committee
Lecturer Representative, Faculty Center Advisory Board
Victoria Hall, Room 521