Category Archives: Opportunities

English Department Will Host An Open House for Prospective Graduate Students April 5

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We are having an information session on our graduate programs in English on April 5 from 10 A.M. to 1 P.M. in the Robert Bell building. A Ball State M.A. makes a great stepping stone to Ph.D. and M.F.A. programs; our M.A. students have gone on to join prestigious programs. M.A. students also continue on to degrees in other areas, such as Law, Museum Studies, and Library Science. In addition, an M.A. degree can be the next step toward a career in writing, publishing, editing, curating, marketing, or community college teaching or toward an alternative career within academia, (such as administration, marketing, etc…).

If students want to find out more about graduate school in English at Ball State, they can take a study break to consider what they will do after graduation. They will need to register in advance (the link to do so is on the main page of the English department website), but it’s free and they get lunch!

Paid Internships Available for BSU Students at Midwest Writers Workshop 2014


Midwest Writers Workshop is offering eight paid internships to current Ball State students (or Spring 2014 graduates) so that you can professionally benefit from our summer workshop in July 2014.

MWW is an annual writers’ conference which gathers agents, editors, and publishing professionals, and which includes 35+ concurrent panels on the craft and business of writing, as well as agent pitch sessions, query critiques, and readings. Attendees range in age from 16 to 80 and come from all over the country. The conference will take place in Muncie July 24–26. Please visit to learn more about the conference.

Payment: 34 hours at $9.00/hr = $306.

Download the application here: MWW Internship Application

Application Deadline: 12:00 p.m., Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Get Ready for In Print 2014 by Reading These Interview Excerpts

The 2014 In Print Festival is coming next week in Assembly Hall at the Alumni Center! On Tuesday, March 18 at 7:30 PM, the visiting authors will read from their work.  The authors, along with editor Jodee Stanley, will also participate in a panel discussion on Wednesday, March 19, at 7:30 PM. By attending the Festival, you will be able to reach out to the writing community and gain insight into life as a writer from experienced authors. To get a taste of who will be speaking at the Festival, take a look at these interview excerpts from the In Print panelists.  Full versions of the interviews can be found in the newest edition of The Broken Plate, which is available for free to all who attend In Print.

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First Friday Series: “Responding to Student Writing in the Age of Apps” on March 7

March First Friday PosterOverwhelmed by stacks of papers? Ready to go online, but not sure how it will affect your response practices? The Writing Program’s next First Friday Series speakers can help. Recipients of the Writing Program’s 2013 Summer Research Fellowship, Dr. Jennifer Grouling, English department assistant professor and director of the Writing Center, and Aly Schweigert, graduate assistant director of the Writing Center, will present “Commenting with Technology: Responding to Student Writing in the Age of Apps.”

This presentation and workshop will look at the ways our commenting changes when we move from grading on hardcopy to Blackboard to the iPad. Grouling and Schweigert report the results of a research study looking at instructor comments in a variety of formats. They’ll also talk you through using the iPad to respond to student work, including the use of Dropbox and Notability. This workshop will help you think about your current commenting practices and how those practices might be impacted by technology.

All are welcome to join us Friday, March 7 at 10:00 AM in the Schwartz Digital Viewing Room, located on the first floor of Bracken Library. Bring an iPad if you have one.

Please direct any questions to the Writing Program office.

Dr. Rai Peterson Recommends Queer Fiction by Irving, Cunningham, Burroughs, Prime-Stevenson, and Woolf

In the latest installment of our Recommended Reads series,  Dr. Rai Peterson recommends fiction by Irving, Cunningham, Burroughs, Prime-Stevenson, and Woolf. Dr. Peterson is also interested in starting a reading group on campus. Check out the post below for more details.

I teach queer literature classes, and unlike the other literature classes I am assigned to cover, queer lit has no geographical or chronological restrictions placed upon its syllabus.   We can read almost anything we want, and while queer readings of ostensibly straight texts can be fun and enlightening, there is so much great literature both by and about LGBTQ writers and characters, that choosing among those can be difficult (in a good way).  Also, new ideas for the course cross my desk weekly, and I am always asking friends and students what they are reading.  Below is a sampling of the better books recommended by friends (and if I don’t count Amazon as my friend, it should number me among its BFFs, based on my ordering history).

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Tyler Fields: How Enhancing My Degree Paved the Road to New York City

In this post, Tyler Fields, the winner of our 2013 Outstanding Senior Award, describes how his experiences and his English degree at Ball State helped prepare him for the New York Arts Program and the three internships that he currently holds at D.A.P./Distributed Art Publishers, Inc., at MAGGY Poetry Magazine, and at the Lauren Cerand publicity agency.

The memory is vague. My honors advisor is asking me what I think I’d like my major to be. “What are your interests?” she asks. This question seems a bit cavalier. After all, my answer could very realistically determine my future career or livelihood. I said, “books.” And with a click of her mouse, my advisor set into motion a series of events, called the Creative Writing Major, which would lead me to a number of opportunities and eventually several internships in New York City. For the next four years, many would ask the infamous question all humanities majors come to know so well: “What are you going to do with that major?” My answers would change over the years from, “I’d like to write,” to, “Maybe I’ll teach,” to, “I have no clue.” Now, as I am working at several internships in New York City and participating in the New York Arts Program, I realize that my Creative Writing degree from Ball State University is exactly what I needed to begin realizing my original desire to surround myself with books. It is because of the opportunities afforded by Ball State’s English Department that I now have a clear and confident reply to anyone who asks, “What are you going to do with that?”

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The Visiting Writers Series Presents Kathleen Rooney on Nov. 20

The English Department’s Visiting Writers Series invites you to an evening with editor, poet, and author Kathleen Rooney on November 20th at 7:30 PM in Bracken Library 104. For more information on Kathleen Rooney and her career, read the post below.

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Come See Comic Book Author Christina Blanch on Nov. 4

Christina Blanch, the second presenter in the Marilyn K. Cory Speaker Series, will be speaking on Monday, November 4th at 7:30pm in LB 125. Last spring, Christina also taught a MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) at Ball State University focused on gender and comic books. Learn more about the class from an interview on You can find out more about Christina, the other speakers in the series, and their collective focus on comic books and graphic novels in a recent post by the series organizer, Dr. Debbie Mix.

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Dr. Lyn Jones Invites You To Participate in CityWrite

October 20th is the official National Day on Writing, and CityWrite is a week-long experience in Indianapolis that encourages people to write. You can attend one of many public CityWrite sessions or submit your writing online. CityWrite is happening now, from October 14-20 in Indianapolis. Read below to find out more about CityWrite!

In the last few years, folks in and outside of Indianapolis have had a lot to say about the city.  Locals and nonlocals have weighed in on the city’s benefits and drawbacks.  Most of the individuals talking, writing, and being heard are politicians, journalists, or economic developers.  What is consistently missing from those media messages are the voices of the Indianapolis community. All too often, the common and everyday experiences that shape our lives and impact our community go unnoticed, and memories connected to our living spaces remain undocumented. How can we talk about what our communities should be if we don’t know what they were?

CityWrite was the vision of Mark Latta (Marian University and the Indiana Writers Center) along with Darolyn “Lyn” Jones (Ball State University and the Indiana Writers Center).  As writers, community activists, and educators, Mark and Lyn have worked together for several years on a variety of memoir and ethnography projects, but each with the same vision:  to encourage everyone to use their voice.  Writing is a way for people to use their own language to illustrate the common and uncommon human experience we each share.

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