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Not 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.
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.
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.
Are you currently battling depression?
Have you been diagnosed with depression?
Do you want to make a difference?
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.
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 email@example.com.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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Get the answers to these and lots of other questions at our Advising Sessions!
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:
With NaNoWriMo officially over, we are pleased to announce those winners.