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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

Digest: What’s Happening September 22-28

Welcome to our first-ever installment of the English department digest. Published on Fridays, the digest is a list of what’s happening in Robert Bell in the week ahead.

If you need to look farther ahead, be sure to check out our calendar.

Week of September 22-28

Wednesday, September 24

Author, poet, and publisher Joyelle McSweeney visits, reads, and answers questions at 7:30 PM in Bracken 104. 

The Writers’ Community weekly meeting will be held in RB 291 from 8:00 PM to 9:30 PM.

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Welcome Back!

Welcome back students, faculty, and staff! We hope that each of you have had a productive and restful summer. The English Department has been working hard to ensure that the 2012-13 academic year not only begins smoothly but runs efficiently. As the autumn semester kicks off, we would like to remind each of you of some of the various clubs and events operating out of the English Department. If you have any questions regarding any of these clubs or events, please feel free to use the contact information below to get in touch with any supervisor, student officer, or coordinator. We encourage you to explore the many opportunities offered by our English students and faculty and to mark your calendars for these exciting events.

Writers’ Community:
Co-President – Elysia Smith – elsmith2@bsu.edu
Co-President – Tyler Fields – tdfields@bsu.edu
Co-President – Ben Rogers – brrogers@bsu.edu
Faculty Advisor – Todd McKinney – tdmckinney@bsu.edu

–Every Monday, 8pm, RB 291

English Education Club:
Student Officer – Ranger Puterbaugh – rlputerbaugh@bsu.edu
Faculty Advisor – Pam Hartman – pmhartman@bsu.edu

Graduate Student Advisory Board:
Student Officer – Bridget Gelms – bcgelms@bsu.edu
Faculty Advisor – Asher John – ajohn@bsu.edu

Visiting Writers:
Coordinator – Professor Mark Neely – maneely@bsu.edu

–Wednesday October 17: Alicia Erian: 7:30 p.m. (room TBA)

Alicia Erian is the author of a short-story collection, The Brutal Language of Love, and a novel, Towelhead, which was adapted into a film directed by Alan Ball. She also wrote the screenplay for Hammer and Anvil, which was developed at the Sundance Screenwriters Lab.

–Wednesday, November 14: Davy and Peter Rothbart performance (co-sponsored by Indiana Public    Radio): 7:30 p.m., Pruis Hall

This event celebrates FOUND Magazine‘s 10th Anniversary, Davy Rothbart’s new book of essays, and Peter Rothbart’s new album.

Davy Rothbart is the creator of Found Magazine, a contributor to This American Life and author of The Lone Surfer of Montana, Kansas and My Heart is an Idiot. He is also a filmmaker, and has been the subject of a documentary film.

Peter Rothbart is an award-winning songwriter and the frontman for The Poem Adept. His third solo album, You Are What You Dream, will be released this fall.

Spotlighting The Writers’ Community

Welcome back English Majors! We here in the department hope your summer went well and that you’re as eager as us to get the new semester going. There are several exciting events planned for the coming months that we will keep you updated on and hope to include you in. In addition to new classes and events, be on the lookout for new features added to the blog which will aide in navigation and result in an improved user experience.

To get the most out of the new year, the blog will be spotlighting several clubs within the English Department who are always eager for new and excited members. Our first spotlight is on the Writers’ Community.

The members of the Writers’ Community are first and foremost written language enthusiasts. Under Todd McKinney as club advisor, the Community holds weekly meetings to discuss and explore a myriad of written works. The Community is not just for Creative Writing students. Rather, it is comprised of various interest and major groups who simply wish to express themselves via the medium of the written word. Veteran members of the Community encourage new and existing members to share their original works, which range in form and style and include poetry, short fiction, nonfiction, and experimental fiction. Haven’t written anything lately? The community also loves sharing pieces or passages from some of our favorite authors. The club welcomes all forms of creative writing to inspire creativity and spark meaningful discussions.

In addition to weekly meetings, the Community is also an active agent in setting up and supporting various events within the university and surrounding area throughout the year. For example, the Community aims to set up at least one reading a month which features various Community members, other writing enthusiasts, and even professors. Pieces read at the events span all forms of writing from poetry to scripts for plays. Also, it’s not unlike the Community to arrange trips to surrounding cities such as Indianapolis to attend, and on occasion participate in, bigger readings featuring authors from around the country.

In creating the Writers’ Community, the English Department has set out to bring together a collective of student readers and writers who wish to expand upon their own creativity and seek to inspire those around them. The Writers’ Community is a wonderful outlet for those looking to share and engage with others regardless of writing style or experience. Through the Community, writers will gain a wider exposure to audiences and influences alike and ultimately integrate themselves into the bigger world of written language.

For updates and more information regarding the Writers’ Community, visit their blog at http://bsuwriters.wordpress.com/

–Tyler Fields

Annual Gala Winners Reading

From left to right: Layne Ransom, Lindsey P. LaVal, Spencer McNelly

Tonight! The Writers Community will be hosting its annual Undergraduate Gala Winners Reading. The reading serves as one of the outstanding prizes awarded to Layne Ransom, Lindsey P. LaVal, and Spencer McNelly for winning the top three places at the Undergraduate Writers Gala last fall. The reading will be in Bracken Library, room 104, at 7:30 p.m. Come out and celebrate this great accomplishment of your peers by listening to their work. It’s sure to be a great time, so don’t miss out!

Don’t miss the Annual Undergraduate Writers Gala tonight!

Today is the Annual Undergraduate Writers Gala. For those who have never been to this event before, twenty students will present a piece of their own written work to a panel of judges made up of English Department faculty. This year, the judges are as follows: Rai Peterson, Cathy Day, and Jared Sexton, along with Creative Writing graduate student Audrey Brown. Winners of first, second, and third place will be awarded prizes consisting of literary journals, books, books by BSU professors, and their own reading in the spring.  The Gala will be held in the Atrium, room 175, and is set to start at 7:30 p.m. This event is free and open to the public, so bring your friends and family to celebrate the pursuit of writing! There will also be a free raffle to anyone who would like to participate. Good luck all you wonderful undergraduate readers!

*Readers are to be at AJ 175 by 7:15 p.m.

The Annual Undergraduate Writers Gala is here!

Next Tuesday, December 7th, is the Annual Undergraduate Writers Gala. For those that have never been to it before, twenty students will present a piece of their own written work to a panel of judges made up of English Department faculty. Winners of first, second, and third place will be awarded prizes consisting of literary journals, books, and books by BSU professors. The Gala will be held in the Atrium, room 175, and is set to start at 7:30 p.m. This event is free and open to the public, so bring your friends and family to celebrate the pursuit of writing!


Check in with Writers Community officers Tyler Gobble and Elysia Smith at 7:15 p.m., before the Gala. Readers are also expected to submit a bio to be read as their introduction no later than Sunday, December 5th, at midnight. The bio should NOT exceed 75 words and should be sent with your piece in a single .doc to writers@bsu.edu.

The Writers Community: An Interview with Elysia Smith

The Writers Community of Ball State is excited about words. We share our own poems, stories, and nonfiction as well as our favorite pieces from our favorite authors. We meet every Monday at 7 p.m. until about 8:30 in the Writing Center (291) in the Robert Bell Building of Ball State University. We have also put on a variety of Creative Writing events for the University, including the Undergraduate Writers Gala competition, faculty readings, and student readings. We invite any creative writing enthusiasts to bring their favorite works to a meeting or event.

The following is an interview with Writers Community member and officer, Elysia Smith.

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