Monthly Archives: January 2015

Road trip to UIndy to meet Young Adult author Katie Coyle

coyleNot long ago, Rolling Stone published a list of the 40 Best YA Novels.

One of the books on that list was the just-released Vivian Apple at the End of the World by Katie Coyle.

She’s a former student of Professor Cathy Day, and she’s coming to Indiana.

Thursday, February 5, 7:30pm at UIndy, Schwitzer Student Union 010.

Road trip?

Prof. Day is organizing a trip to UIndy to hear Coyle read from her work. If you’re interested in going, email her at cday ((at)) bsu dot. edu and she will organize a caravan. Please let her know if you’re able to drive a vehicle.

Who is Katie Coyle?

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Cultivating Creative Identities with Brian Morrison

Brian MorrisonBrian Morrison

Ball State English Professor.

Published writer.

Part of Ball State’s Faculty Reading Series.

On Wednesday the 28th…

Brian Morrison will read with Silas Hansen as part of Ball State’s Faculty Reading Series.

The Faculty Reading Series hopes to bring English professors into the spotlight, showcasing their talents and interests outside of class.

Brian is still a relatively new addition to Ball State, taken on as an assistant English professor in 2013. He was also assistant editor of Black Warrior Review while he received his MFA at The University of Alabama. You can find his poetry in Verse Daily, Copper Nickel, Story Magazine, and other literary journals.

Before his reading on Wednesday, we got to talk to Brian about his role as a teacher and a writer.

How did you become interested in writing?

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Seeking Writers and Storytellers for The Facing Depression Project

Facing Project Logo

Are you currently battling depression?

Have you been diagnosed with depression?

Do you want to make a difference?

Kelsey Timmerman portrait

Kelsey Timmerman: co-founder of The Facing Project.

We’re excited to tell you about Facing Depression: a collaboration between Ball State University and The Facing Project.

Facing Depression hopes to inspire a dialogue around depression—an issue that touches so many lives in our community, yet is rarely discussed.

Dr. Adam Kuban’s journalism class is currently recruiting storytellers and writers for a Facing Depression project. The project needs volunteers willing to anonymously share their own story of facing depression, as well as writers to put their stories on the page.

What do storytellers do?

    • You’ll share your story with a volunteer writer.
    • The writer will then write the story as if they are you (in the first person) trying to capture your voice.
    • Facing Depression will publish your story, along with others, in a book. It will be shared across East Central Indiana. This story will not go public without your final approval.

What do writers do? 

Co-founder and Ball State English alum J.R. Jamison

Co-founder and Ball State English alum J.R. Jamison

    • You’ll be matched with a storyteller. A storyteller may be currently facing depression. They may be someone with a family member who suffers from depression. They may be a professional caregiver, a therapist, or a doctor who helps those with depression.
    • You will listen to their story and try to capture their voice through a first-person narrative. Your writing is subject to the storyteller’s approval.
    • After you work with the project editors, the story will receive publication in a book, which Facing Depression will share across East Central Indiana. Those suffering from mental illness will have a voice.

Anything else?

Adam Kuban: assistant journalism professor and project leader.

Adam Kuban: assistant journalism professor and project leader.

After the storytellers and writers finish their collaboration, there will be a book launch and public event in Muncie. Some stories will be read as monologues, and audiences of 300-500 usually attend.

The Facing Project is a community storytelling project that has spread across the country. This is their 4th Muncie project.

If you want to know more information about how you can engage your community in a discussion regarding depression, or if you want to volunteer, please e-mail

Jessie Fudge lands internship at Indy Monthly, stalks Jim Nabors

photo provided by Jessie Fudge

photo provided by Jessie Fudge

During the spring semester 2014, creative writing major Jessie Fudge (B.A. 2014) worked as a fact checker at the magazine Indianapolis Monthly. She got a few online bylines as well, such as this piece about a Ball State immersive learning course on Kurt Vonnegut, a profile of a flask maker, as well as coverage of the gay marriage HJR-3 bill.

We just had to ask her a few questions. 

How did you go land this internship at IndyMonthly? 

Kim Hannel, the managing editor at Indianapolis Monthly, sent out an email seeking Ball State students as fact checkers for the magazine. It felt like this great opportunity just fell into my lap, so I jumped at the chance to apply for it.

I had to pass a few tests before I was granted an interview, one to show I had fact-checking and grammar skills and the other to see if I had a basic knowledge of current events. I showed Kim I’d be great for the job by focusing on which facts to verify instead of getting bogged down with every little grammatical error I saw.

The best advice I can offer is to not be shy when these internship offers come around. If you see an opportunity like working for a magazine, take it.

What did you do in a typical day or week?

  • Get coffee!
  • Check in with Kim to see if she has any extra work for me to do.
  • Read through an article (the parts that need to be verified are highlighted by the wonderful Kim).
  • Try and find as much information as possible online before calling or emailing sources.
  • Call or email all the people you need to question. These people can range from the super friendly and talkative to those who are angry for being bothered.
  • Wait for them to get back to you (this is the most horrible part of the job…the endless waiting…)
  • Type everything that needs to be fixed in an article. You’d be surprised how much needs to be changed before the article goes to the printers.  Send it back to Kim.
  • There are also many opportunities to write blog posts for the website and articles that will be printed in the magazine, as well as chances to talk to famous people like John Green (The Fault in Our Stars) and Jim Nabors (a.k.a. Gomer Pyle). He and I are now besties, and he told me to come find him at the Indy 500 so he can “put a face to my pretty voice.”

You can read Jessie’s excellent profile here: “I Stalked Jim Nabors.” 

Has this internship helped you figure out what you want to “be” when you graduate?

Not exactly, but it has helped open up quite a few options. This job involves a bit of everything: reading, writing, editing, interviewing, researching, marketing, and collaborating.

It made me confident that I could succeed at a similar job as a magazine editor, or do something else entirely like working in public relations.

Nothing helps you prepare for a career after college like working as an intern. First-hand experience is wonderful.

What courses at Ball State prepared you best? 

The Broken Plate is a wonderful way to get an introduction into editing and publishing. You get to put a literary magazine together with a class as well as work on individual publishing projects like printing your own book or making an ePub.

Cathy Day’s novel writing class will also help by showing you how important it is to get your words down on paper. After that first draft, you can always go back through and make it pretty, but the hard part is getting your great and crazy ideas from your head to the page.

If this internship sounds great to you, remember:

  1. Jessie earned credit for this internship: ENG 369 Professional Experience.
  2. If you’re interested in doing an internship for credit, check out this FAQ and make an appointment to talk with Prof. Cathy Day, Assistant Chair of the English Department.
  3. The Career Center in 220 Lucina also coordinates many internships.

Coming Very, Very Soon: It’s the English Department SuperParty

Which of these thoughts has ever crossed your mind?

[Check all that apply.]

  • “I want to belong to something. How do I get involved?” 

  • “Am I taking the right classes to graduate?”

  • “I know I like English, but what should I focus on?”

  • “I know I should do an internship. How do I make that happen?”

  • What am I going to do with my life?”

Get the answers to these and lots of other questions at our Advising Sessions! 

English Advising Sessions

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Two champions are crowned! NaNoWriMo 2014

In November, Ball State English kicked off its first ever National Novel Writing Month competition amongst its faculty, students, friends, and alumni. Our writers warred against each other at weekly Monday Write-Ins, pushing their word counts higher than ever before. Weekly word champions were announced via Twitter.

Cumulatively, our 20 participants wrote a combined total of more than 350,000 words.

What about the overall winners? In our initial blog post, we stated that there would be two winners:

  • the first to reach 50,000 words
  • the person to write the most words overall

With NaNoWriMo officially over, we are pleased to announce those winners.

Ball State English is pleased to crown Alyssa Nobbe and Carie McMichael our NaNoWriMo champions!

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