Following the success of the inaugural Student-Faculty Reading last fall, a spring session has been scheduled for Wednesday, March 21 at 6:30 p.m.in the Rowan Art Gallery, across the street from The Vic. Unlike the previous reading, this semester’s event will not have a pre-arranged schedule, so anyone who wants to present can show up, sign up, and speak on a first-come, first-served basis. Participants are welcome to present any genre of writing, but are asked to keep their readings to no more than five minutes in length. In addition, representatives of both Avant, the undergraduate creative writing magazine, and Glassworks, the literary journal of the Master of Arts in Writing program, will be staffing information tables at the event. Please contact Tim Donaldson (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Anthony Palma (email@example.com), organizers of the Student-Faculty Reading, for more information.
PLEASE remind your students that submissions of undergraduate and graduate pieces of short fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry for the 2018 Denise Gess Literary Awards are due by 4 p.m. Friday, March 9. There are cash prizes available of $200 for first place, $100 for second place, and $50 for third place in each of the three categories. The awards will be presented, and students will be reading their winning entries, at a Monday, April 2ceremony at the Rowan Art Gallery. Click here for more information or contact Lisa Jahn-Clough (firstname.lastname@example.org) for additional details. Representatives of Avant and Glassworks will be at the April Gess Awards ceremony as well.
Nearly three dozen high school seniors who already have been accepted to the College of Communication and Creative Arts for the fall 2018 semester – and a number of parents and family members – spent the day on campus last Monday(February 19) for Open Doors Day. As part of the event, the roughly 100 people in attendance had the opportunity to sit in on classes, tour the campus, and eat lunch with representatives of the CCCA’s six departments. During the luncheon, one student from each department gave a brief presentation on how Rowan and CCCA is helping them prepare for a successful career after graduation. Writing Arts major Laura Kincaid, editor-in-chief of Avant, impressively represented our department and her student publication, and offered a nice shout-out to Glassworks as well. Four of the high school students attending are planning to major in Writing Arts and, based on brief discussions with them and their parents – and borrowing a phrase from college athletics, we appear to have the start of a strong recruiting class for 2018-2019!
The Writing Arts Library Resources Committee is working with our department’s liaison at the Campbell Library – the incomparable Sam Kennedy – to redesign the Library Guide on the First Year Writing Program’s Student Support Site. (Click here to check out the current iteration of the guide.) To update and make the Library Guide as user-friendly as possible, the committee is conducting a survey to determine what content we would like to see added as part of the redesign, as well as what content will be most helpful to our students. Click here for the survey and be sure your voice is heard (your indoor voice, of course) by this Friday, March 2. Contact Tim Zatzariny (email@example.com) with any questions.
Writing Arts colleague Julie Malsbury presented at the Michigan LAND (Liberal Arts Network for Development) Conference in Muskogee, MI last Thursday the 22nd. Her presentation was titled “Building Bridges: English Acquisition Beyond the ESL Classroom.” The theme of this year’s LAND Conference was “Building Bridges,” and various speakers related the phrase to such educational analogies as bridges on which we take a stand or march together across, bridges with structural integrity and cutting-edge design, and bridges that act as barriers and must be divided or broken down. The LAND Conference is sponsored by MLAD, the organization of Michigan Liberal Arts Deans.
Stephen A. Royek, M.A.
Instructor, Writing Arts
2015 Rowan Medallion Award winner
Victoria Hall, Room 521