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Paid Internships Available At Midwest Writers Workshop 2015

Every summer, Ball State hosts agents, authors, editors, and other publishing specialists at the annual Midwest Writer’s Workshop (MWW). The workshop is held from July 23-25, just three short days, and you (yes, we mean you) can play a big part in its success!

For current students in English, including the graduating class of 2015, MWW has eight paid internship opportunities. You’ll gain valuable experience, a great line on your resume, and a chance to network in your field.

Did we mention it’s paid?

Some extra summer spending money never hurt anyone, right?

Let’s sum it up so far:

  • a paid internship ($9/hr, 34 hours, to be exact), happening over the course of three days (no long term commitment that might interrupt your summer plans)
  • a chance to meet, mingle, and work with influential people in the industry, a networking opportunity you won’t see very often
  • an opportunity to significantly improve your resume with one single job

Here’s the application: MWW Internship Application 2015

Applications are due by April 8. Directions regarding submitting your application are explained on the form.

If you’re not convinced, check out their website, along with this video featuring people from workshops in the past. This is truly a great opportunity. Take advantage of this while you can!

The MWW intern team in 2013: Sarah Hollowell, Ashley Ford, Madison Jones, John Carter, Mo Smith, Rebekah Hobbs, Sara Rust, Jackson Eflin, Kameron McBride, and Kiley Neal.

The MWW intern team in 2013: Sarah Hollowell, Ashley Ford, Madison Jones, John Carter, Mo Smith, Rebekah Hobbs, Sara Rust, Jackson Eflin, Kameron McBride, and Kiley Neal.

 

Do you like free money? Just apply!


Last year, the department awarded over $11,000 to outstanding students.

This year, we want more applicants than ever before! Apply by Monday, March 9, 2015, and show us why you deserve to receive scholarship money and recognition. 


Undergraduate scholarships

Barry Wright Memorial Scholarship

  • If you like to write poetry, this is the scholarship for you!
    • Previous winners:
      • 2014: Brent Holden
      • 2013: Scott Bugher
      • 2012: Anne Haben

Elizabeth Martin Scholarship

  • We give this scholarship to students who demonstrate their scholarship and character by taking on leadership roles.
    • 2014 winners:
      Daniel Brount

      Daniel Brount, Editor in Chief at The Ball State Daily News.

      • Daniel Brount
      • Rachel Johnson
      • Brittany Means

Dr. Janet Ross Scholarship for Teachers of English as a Second Language

  • If you want to sign up for this scholarship, you have to be a teaching major in English/Language Arts. You also have to be enrolled in an English as a Second Language licensure program.
  • If the selection committee recommends it, the award may go to you and several other students.
    • 2014 winners:
      • Seula Han
      • Isaac Muhando

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English Undergrad Brittany Means: “My First Publication Made Me Feel Like Brad Pitt”

Last year I took Pete Davis’ poetry class, and for my final packet I decided to experiment a little bit. While I was at work, I wrote something that was kind of flow-of-consciousness, played around with the format a little bit, and titled it “Books About.” After I turned it in, I abandoned it in the poetry folder on my laptop and forgot about it.

Over the summer, I attended the Midwest Writers Workshop. There were contests being held for fiction, non-fiction, and poetry. Since I had already sent in a fiction piece for something else, I rummaged through my laptop and found “Books About” for the Manny Contest. Knowing that the number of attendees would be in the hundreds, I wasn’t sure about my chances for winning anything, but I went ahead and submitted it. During all of the different events and classes, it sort of slipped my mind that there even was a contest. When they called my name during the award ceremony, I almost had a heart attack. I went up and collected my award and then sat down, feeling pretty darn satisfied with myself. When they called my name again for the overall best manuscript, or R. Karl Largent Writing Award, I was so shocked that it took me a few moments before I could get out of my chair to go get the second award. It was really a shock to me that I could win amidst all of the other wonderful writers attending. There’s a picture of this moment on Cathy Day’s blog, and it looks like I just heard a great joke.

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Paid Internships Available for BSU Students at Midwest Writers Workshop 2014

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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 www.midwestwriters.org 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

Cathy Day Discusses Her Involvement with Midwest Writers Workshop

This past July, Midwest Writers Workshop (MWW) gathered for their annual conference at Ball State University. Through the help of a grant from the Discovery Group, many Ball State students had the pleasure of attending this conference as scholarship winners and paid interns.  Brittany Means, one of the attending students, received the award for best poetry manuscript, as well as for best overall manuscript and a $200 cash award! Click the link below to read Cathy Day’s post on her involvement and experience with the MWW.

 BSU + MWW: or “How I Spent My Summer Vacation”

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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