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Jeff Owens: What I Learned from Writers' Community

Since we’re approaching the end of Spring semester, it’s time to hear what the English public relations interns have to say! Today, Jeff tells us about his experiences in the Writers’ Community — from freshman year to junior year.

If you’re interested in attending Writers’ Community, it takes place during the Fall and Spring. Meetings are from 8:00 – 9:00 PM on Wednesdays in Robert Bell’s Writing Center (RB 291).


Looking back, I guess I’d describe the majority of my freshman year as “comfortable.” After acclimating to college life, I was meeting new people, spending more time outside my dorm than inside, and writing more often.

When my second semester rolled around, I felt confident enough to attend a Writers’ Community meeting. And why wouldn’t I? In high school, I was head tutor of the writing lab, I edited too many narrative essays to count, and people voted me “Most Likely to Write a Novel.”

Writers’ Community would be old hat, or at least that’s what I told myself. But I didn’t make a single contribution to the writing workshop that night. Making proper small talk proved impossible. I spent more time wiping the sweat from my hands than looking people in the eye. Continue reading

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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Prof. Todd McKinney Recommends Three Books By Larry Levis

In the latest installment of our Recommended Reads series professor Todd McKinney recommends Winter Stars, The Widening Spell of the Leaves, and Elegy by Larry Levis.

As autumn takes hold and I prepare for winter, I reach for the books of one of my favorite writers, Larry Levis. In particular, I return to his last three books: Winter Stars (1985), The Widening Spell of the Leaves (1991), and Elegy (1997), the last one published posthumously after his too-early departure in 1996. I have lived with the poems in these books for some time now.

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Poetry reading: Peter Davis, Michael Meyerhofer, Jared Sexton, and Todd McKinney

Tonight there will be a poetry reading starring BSU faculty Peter Davis, Michael Meyerhofer, Jared Sexton, and Todd McKinney. The reading will take place at Motini’s in Muncie’s village area, which is a 21+ venue. The event starts at 7:30 p.m. and looks to be a great time. It’s always fun to hear your BSU professors’ own work, so come on out!

Interning with Sarabande Books

As my senior year approached, I started to feel the after-college strain. I looked around and saw my friends in accounting and telecommunications snagging jobs and internships like free Tshirts at a concert. Meanwhile, I was sitting in the library for hours on end, sending out application after application to various publishing companies, newspapers and magazines.

The opportunities into which I was looking were primarily in New York, Boston and Washington D.C. I thought that if I aimed high I’d be rewarded for trying. Needless to say, I only heard back from one or two less-than-promising places that were going to cost me an arm and a leg just to pursue. I decided to turn elsewhere.

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