Monthly Archives: August 2012

Tyler Fields: Learn How a Local Writing Conference Can Become the Community a Writer Needs

Each summer the Ball State University Alumni Center plays host to the Midwest Writers Workshop. This conference is a three day-long national convention which caters to reading and writing enthusiasts as a resource for learning, publishing, and general writing opportunities. In addition to award-winning authors, instructors, and agents, the conference hosts a number of seminars, lectures, and workshops on writing. This past summer, the MWW added a new segment which sought to focus primarily on social networking. With the help and guidance of English professor Cathy Day, four students and alum were chosen to act as social media consultants during the conference. Maye Ralston, Ashley Ford, Spencer McNelly, and Tyler Fields ran a series of micro-workshops dedicated to tutoring clients on the basics and theories of the relationships between social networking and writing. Below, Tyler Fields, describes his experience as a tutor for the conference as well as his attitudes regarding the importance of community and how social networking can help.

*Photo provided by Maye Ralston
Students Maye Ralston, Ashley Ford, Spencer McNelly, Tyler Fields, and Professor Cathy Day

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Welcome Back!

Welcome back students, faculty, and staff! We hope that each of you have had a productive and restful summer. The English Department has been working hard to ensure that the 2012-13 academic year not only begins smoothly but runs efficiently. As the autumn semester kicks off, we would like to remind each of you of some of the various clubs and events operating out of the English Department. If you have any questions regarding any of these clubs or events, please feel free to use the contact information below to get in touch with any supervisor, student officer, or coordinator. We encourage you to explore the many opportunities offered by our English students and faculty and to mark your calendars for these exciting events.

Writers’ Community:
Co-President – Elysia Smith –
Co-President – Tyler Fields –
Co-President – Ben Rogers –
Faculty Advisor – Todd McKinney –

–Every Monday, 8pm, RB 291

English Education Club:
Student Officer – Ranger Puterbaugh –
Faculty Advisor – Pam Hartman –

Graduate Student Advisory Board:
Student Officer – Bridget Gelms –
Faculty Advisor – Asher John –

Visiting Writers:
Coordinator – Professor Mark Neely –

–Wednesday October 17: Alicia Erian: 7:30 p.m. (room TBA)

Alicia Erian is the author of a short-story collection, The Brutal Language of Love, and a novel, Towelhead, which was adapted into a film directed by Alan Ball. She also wrote the screenplay for Hammer and Anvil, which was developed at the Sundance Screenwriters Lab.

–Wednesday, November 14: Davy and Peter Rothbart performance (co-sponsored by Indiana Public    Radio): 7:30 p.m., Pruis Hall

This event celebrates FOUND Magazine‘s 10th Anniversary, Davy Rothbart’s new book of essays, and Peter Rothbart’s new album.

Davy Rothbart is the creator of Found Magazine, a contributor to This American Life and author of The Lone Surfer of Montana, Kansas and My Heart is an Idiot. He is also a filmmaker, and has been the subject of a documentary film.

Peter Rothbart is an award-winning songwriter and the frontman for The Poem Adept. His third solo album, You Are What You Dream, will be released this fall.

Rusty Fox Shares His Experiences With Cinema Entertainment Immersion

Last week, we featured a guest post by English student Sarah Chaney in which she described her experiences in Advanced Screenwriting (ENG 410) as well as her involvement with this past spring’s Cinema Entertainment Immersion showcase. This week, Rusty Fox offers his account of his experience with CEI, which transformed his original screenplay into a short feature film. Continue reading below to find out more about Rusty’s experience and be sure to visit the link provided to see all five short films featured in the 2012 CEI showcase including Rusty’s film entitled, Crossroads

*Photo provided by Rusty Fox

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Sarah Chaney Shares Her Experiences With Cinema Entertainment Immersion

Films based upon the original screenplays of English students Sarah Chaney and Rusty Fox were recently featured in this past spring’s Cinema Entertainment Immersion (CEI) showcase, which features short films written, starring, produced, and directed by Ball State students spanning several departments. To read more about CEI, be sure to see English professor Dr. Matt Mullins’s post, here, about his involvement with the project as producer and judge. Continue below to read about Sarah’s experience in Advanced Screenwriting (ENG 410) and how her original script was accepted to be made into a film featured in the CEI showcase. Additionally, be sure to check back next week to read about Rusty Fox and his experience with CEI.

To see each of the five films featured in the 2012 CEI showcase including Sarah’s film entitled, Obsessions, follow the link provided:

*Photo provided by Sarah Chaney

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