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The Lemony Snicket Roundup


In case you missed it, Daniel Handler ‘92 (aka Lemony Snicket) came to Wesleyan last week to speak in promotion of his new novel We Are Pirates. Handler’s visit has been covered by multiple campus publications, and the discord surrounding his visit, in other words, the racist joke he made last year when he was presenting the National Book Award for Young People’s Literature to Jacqueline Woodson, has been dissected endlessly by the press and members of the Wesleyan community. This includes Sonya Bessalel’s ’18 measured and nuanced defense of Handler in this week’s edition of The Argus (seriously go read it).

Provided here are selected questions from Handler’s Wesleying interview with astag_rocky before his lecture in the Chapel (scroll down for these). In addition, we will share one tense moment from a meeting Handler attended with students at Downey House earlier that day:

Apply to Work with a Thesis Mentor


From Savannah Whiting ’13 and Taylor Steele ’14:

Starting to feel a bit overwhelmed by your senior thesis? You’ve been researching for months, collecting information and structuringyour thoughts, but soon you actually have to start writing the thesis.And when I say soon, I mean really soon. As in this weekend (after brunch). But don’t panic! You still have plenty of time to write an honors-worthy manuscript, as long as you get started soon and stay organized. The other big favor you can do for yourself? Sign up for a thesis mentor.

Your thesis mentor will work with you throughout the spring semester, meeting as regularly as you’d like to discuss any and all aspects of your thesis. Your mentor can discuss ideas with you to help structure your argument, look over that one chapter that isn’t clicking, and even read through your whole thesis before you turn it in (something your advisor might not do!). It’s incredibly beneficial to partner with someone who can keep you on task and track the development of your thesis over time.

Apply to Be a Writing Tutor


Savannah Whiting ‘GRAD writes:

If you love to read, write, and — most importantly — help others with writing, apply to be a writing tutor this spring!

The Writing Workshop has a few — only a few — Spring 2014 writing tutor positions open for highly qualified applicants. Apply now—the quick and easy pre-application form is due online by Monday, October 28th.

Tutors will be compensated for one semester of work with a $400 stipend and 1 course credit in English. All tutors are trained in ENGL 491/2, the Ford Teaching Seminar, which meets on Tuesdays from 12-1 PM.
There are two steps in the application process:

1. The pre-application form is due online on Monday, October 28 at 5 pm. This is a short form indicating your interest in applying for a position.

2. The full application is due on Monday, November 4 at 5 pm. Applications are to be delivered to Professor Greene’s office (Downey House Room 207).

To learn more, visit our website. Please direct any questions to Ford Fellows Savannah Whiting and Piers Gelly, both ’13(writingworks[at]wesleyan[dot] or ext. 2440), or Professor Anne Greene (agreene[at]wesleyan[dot]edu or ext. 3604).

Deadline: Monday, November 4
Contact: writingworks[at]wesleyan[dot]edu

Writing Certificate Info Session (and Lunch)

An appetizing message from Ford Fellow Emma Mohney ’12 over at the Writing Workshop Blog:

Considering Wesleyan’s exciting Writing Certificate? Come and learn about the Certificate at an information session and lunch this Friday, April 12th, from noon to 1 p.m. in Allbritton 311. Professor Anne Greene and current students pursuing the Writing Certificate will talk about the goals, opportunities, and logistics of the program, and how it can help you pursue your love of writing here at Wes! (If you’re not convinced yet, we’ll be serving Mondo pizza).

The Writing Certificate offers students from all majors a chance to practice writing in a range of forms. Courses approved for the Certificate include fiction-writing, poetry, screenwriting, playwriting, translation, and nonfiction, including biography, science writing, journalism, and writing about academic subjects for non-specialists.

Questions? Contact Professor Anne Greene at agreene@wes or 860-685-3604.

What: Writing Certificate information session
Date: Friday, April 12
Time: 12pm – 1pm
Where: Allbritton 311
‘Za?: Ya

Colum McCann Descends Upon Russell House, Signs Books With a Bic

Colum iz flexxin

Colum McCann was introduced as “one of the greatest living writers in the English language” under a golden chandelier last night at Russell House by Professor Amy Bloom.

He had delivered a Q & A earlier that day and was now here to read from his new Irish-American novel Transatlantic. Behind the podium, perching one loafer atop the other, McCann spun tales of Frederick Douglass’s journey to Ireland during the potato famine, of two RAF pilots who traverse the Atlantic in a plane made of metal bones and harsh winds, and of an old Irish woman cherishing her memories as her cottage is being repossessed. People shut their eyes.

McCann grew up in the suburbs of Dublin, next to the shopping marts and all that. His father wrote for a paper and Colum followed in his footsteps, earning money writing about soccer games and events around Dublin. When he was 17, he moved to America and now calls himself a New Yorker by virtue of his place on the Upper East Side. He has three kids, one of whom is a “cyclist,” Colum added, jesting at the standard-issue pudge that has formed about his waistline. His smile is gruff. His laugh sincere, from the corners of his eyes.

A mob formed with their newly purchased copies of Let the Great World Spin at the ready—a mixture of students, prim adults, and professors. The Red Stripe logo on my shirt stood out uncomfortably.

The first woman in line wore a matching purple dress and Coach wristlet. I could feel the glowing of her eyes as she watched him produce his pen. I could feel the words gathering in her head to form her first sentence, her first impression. Then, disaster struck.

Last Call to Apply for Wesleyan Writing Programs Fellowships

Another message — just in time! — from current/outgoing Ford Fellow Emma Mohney ’12:

RussellHouseCalling seniors from all majors!

If you are:

1. unsure of where you’ll be next year,
2. looking for work with significant responsibilities and learning opportunities,
3. hoping to get into graduate school in the future (or considering it), and
4. interested in contributing to the success of writing programs at Wesleyan,

then consider applying for Wesleyan’s prestigious post-graduate Writing Programs fellowships!

The application deadline for the two Writing Programs fellowships is right around the corner: Wednesday, March 27, at 4:30 pm. You can find specific information on the application process–it’s quite simple!–at the Ford Fellowship and the Shapiro/Russell sites. (N.B. for those interested in the Shapiro Center/Russell House Arts Fellowship: As the Arts Fellow position is being redefined, just apply to the Ford Fellowship and be sure to indicate your interest in the Arts Fellowship.)

Graduating Seniors: Apply to be a Ford Fellow

Emma Mohney ’12 begins seeking her replacement:

Do you like to write and enjoy working with writers? Are you interested in teaching or arts administration? Would you like to begin your post-graduate career with a prestigious fellowship? If so, apply to be a Ford Fellow next year—deadline March 27th!

The Ford Fellowship in the Writing Programs is a prestigious one-year, post-graduate position that offers teaching and administrative experience as well as graduate training. Two Fellowships will be awarded for the 2013-2014 academic year, and the deadline to apply is Wednesday, March 27th at 4:30 p.m. Find more detailed application information here.

For more information, contact Professor Anne Greene at 860-685-3604 (agreene@wes) or the current Ford Fellow, Emma Mohney ’12, at writingworks@wes.

Deadline: Wednesday, March 27

Apply To Be a Writing Tutor

Max Bevilacqua ’12 invites you to spent your free time explaining the  difference between “who” and “whom” to freshmen:

If you love to read, write, and — most importantly — read others’ writing, apply to be a writing tutor this spring!

The Writing Workshop has a few — only a few — Spring 2013 writing tutor positions open for highly qualified applicants. Apply now–the quick and easy pre-application form is due online this Monday, November 5th.

Tutors will be compensated for one semester of work with a $400 stipend and 1 course credit in English. All tutors are trained in ENGL 491/2, the Ford Teaching Seminar, which meets on Tuesdays from 12-1 PM.

There are two steps in the application process:

New Writing Tutorial: Wesleyan Oral History (Not a Joke)

This new writing tutorial, via Liz Tinker of the English Department, sounds freaking awesome. If you take it, pass some of your WesHistory (westory?) along to this here blog—and tell the Wasch Center for Retired Faculty what’s up. (An English Department tipster additionally points out that the class is “not a joke.” F’rreal.)

This semester, the English Department (in collaboration with the Wasch Center for Retired Faculty, Olin Library Special Collections, and the Center for Faculty Career Development) will offer a pilot section of a writing-intensive group tutorial with a focus on the oral history of Wesleyan University. The tutorial has two important aims: to give students experience in the skills of crafting interviews and writing non-fictional character description and to begin an oral history project which will chronicle the history of Wesleyan University from the 1960s to the current moment. Students enrolled in this small tutorial will collaborate on designing interviews with retired Wesleyan faculty and will work individually to produce a transcript and oral history with one retired faculty member. Ultimately, students will complete the semester by writing an essay-length profile of the retired faculty member.

Seniors! Come to the Writing Fellowships Information Session

Looking for a great job? Come learn about the Ford and Russell House Writing Fellowships at Monday’s information session!

Anne Greene, Director of Writing Programs, will give a presentation. Current Fellows Katherine Eyster ’10, Emily Schmidt ’10, and Katherine Bascom ’10, will be available to answer questions.

The Ford Fellowships in the Writing Program, awarded to two graduating seniors at Wesleyan from any major, are prestigious one-year, post-graduate positions that offer teaching and administrative experience as well as graduate training. In their administrative role, the Fellows assist the Director of Writing Programs in running the university’s Writing Program and the Writing Workshop.

The Russell House Arts Fellowship is awarded to a graduating senior from any major with an outstanding record and an interest in writing and the arts. At the Russell House the Fellow organizes and supervises the writing and music events and helps with other literary events on campus. The job offers an opportunity to work with distinguished writers, journalists, and other artists.

If you are unable to attend but are interested in the Fellowships, contact writingworks(at)wesleyan(dot)edu for more information.

The application deadline is March 21st.

Date: Monday, February 28th
Time: 4:15 PM
Place: The Shapiro Writing Lounge (3rd floor of Allbritton)