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Apply for Writing Prizes!

The deadline to apply for writing prizes awarded by the Writing Programs and the English Department is Monday, March 2. Applications for the Annie Sonnenblick Writing Award are due March 27.

The English Department and Writing Programs invite students to submit outstanding poetry, fiction, and other prose for consideration for prizes. These prizes recognize exceptional student writing and also support summer projects and graduate study. Prizewinners have included students from all majors and class years. Students have undertaken various ambitious projects through summer fellowships, including travel to Bangladesh, Kenya, and other foreign destinations. Students have also completed research, oral history projects, and personal writing initiatives. Wesleyan Writers Conference scholarships are also available.

Most awards include a cash prize. For a description of the awards, click here.

To apply, fill out the online application here, and send your submissions as email attachments to etinker[at]wesleyan[dot]edu (English Department Prizes) or swashburn01[at]wesleyan[dot]edu (Writing Programs Prizes) with the subject heading: Writing Prize—(Name of Prize). If submitting for more than one prize, please send in separate emails.

Beatriz Santiago Muñoz Lecture

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Those pesky English Department folk are at it again:

Beatriz Santiago Muñoz is an artist and filmmaker living and working in San Juan, Puerto Rico. In this presentation, Santiago Muñoz will screen and discuss recent and current work and its focus on the relationship between landscape, history, and ideology.

Santiago Muñoz’s films arise out of long periods of research, observation, and documentation, in which the camera is present as an object with social implications and as an instrument mediating aesthetic thought. Her work focuses on specific social structures or events which she transforms into collaborative performances and moving image.

Date: Tuesday, October 15
Time: 4:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Place: Russell House

English Department Open Mic Ft. Elizabeth Willis


From the world famous English Major’s Committee:

We are excited to invite you to our first open mic night of the year! The open mic is a time for anyone to get up and share their work (poem, stories, plays, etc) with an audience of their peers (and perhaps faculty).  All you have to do is sign up is write your name in a 5 minute slot in the google doc I have attached below or come a few minutes early to the event. This semester’s open mic will be this Friday, October 4 at 7 pm in Downey House Lounge.

We are also honored to announce that Professor Elizabeth Willis will be out headliner! She will start the night by reading her own poetry. And for those of you who are not familiar with her award winning work, get excited by reading  a few of her poems here and here.

Come join us for a wonderful evening of coffee, cookies, and student work. This is a fantastic opportunity to meet other passionate writers and lovers of writing. Bring your friends!

Click me! I’m a link to the sign-up google doc!

Date: Friday, October 4
Time: 7 – 9 p.m.
Place: Downey House Lounge

Coffeehouse Open Mic Night Feat. Cliff Chase

WORDS WITH FRIENDSHere’s a chill opportunity for this Friday night from the English Majors Committee:

The English Majors Committee presents its second Open Mic, headlined by beloved writer and professor Clifford Chase!

Come read selections for your poetry, short stories, plays, and any other creative works. Fictional and nonfiction welcome. This event is open to the public, not just for English majors. Come to perform, or just come to listen, or just come for the coffee. Come one, come all.

Sign-ups for reading slots are available here. Alternatively, you can also come a few minutes early on Friday to sign up.

Cliff Chase is a writer whose work knows no bounds, crosses over from nonfiction to fiction and back. Chase is the author of Winkie, a novel challenging contemporary America through a teddy bear accused of terrorism. The Hurry-Up Song, meanwhile, is a memoir weaving together the lives of two gay brothers and detailing the pain of one’s eventual loss.

Learn more about the English Majors here.

Date: TOMORROW, Friday, February 22nd
Time: 7:00PM
Place: Downey House Lounge, 294 High Street

English Majors Talk: Harry Potter Fan Fiction

English Majors Talk Series - Harry Potter Fan FictionInterested in what the English majors writing theses have been up to?   Next Tuesday, Cardner Clark ’13 will be giving a talk on her thesis topic, “The Magical World of Harry Potter Fan Fiction.”  Come listen to how she chose the topic, what research she has done so far, and whatever else you have questions about.  Whether you’re considering writing a thesis yourself or just a fan of Harry Potter, we’d love to have you.

The talk will be on  Tuesday, November 27 at 4:30pm in Downey House, Room 113.  This event is part of the English Major Talk Series sponsored by the Majors’ Committee, so stay tuned next semester for more thesis talks!

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Date: Tuesday, November 27
Time: 4:30PM
Place: Downey 113

Celebration of New Letters: Innovative Writers of Prose and Poetry

Teagle Fellow Kate Thorpe ’06 invites you to a day of readings and panels by innovative writers of prose and poetry:

You are warmly invited to attend A Celebration of New Letters: A day of readings and panels by innovative writers of prose and poetry. Speakers for this event include acclaimed poets, fiction and nonfiction writers and representatives of various alternative presses and literary organizations such as Wesleyan University Press and Poets House.

Speakers include: Heather Christle, Richard Deming, Dorothea Lasky, Douglas A. Martin, Richard Meier, Stephen Motika, and Parker Smathers. In addition to readings and panels on alternative publishing and innovative literary forms, there will be time throughout the day for informal conversation with these writers.

The event is sponsored by the Wesleyan Writers Conference and Shapiro Creative Writing Center.

Rescheduled for March: Tom Perrotta, Visiting Writer

From Anne Green, via Liz Tinker of the English Department:

Dear friends,

I’m sorry to say that Tom Perrotta will not be speaking on campus tonight, and his Q+A session this afternoon has been cancelled. Please mark your calendars for the new date: March 27, 2012.

Date: March 27, 2012 (Rescheduled date!)
Time: 8 pm
Place: Memorial Chapel
Cost: Free

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.

Attend The English Honors Thesis Reading and Reception This Friday!

This Friday, the English Department is hosting a reading and reception to celebrate the Department’s thesis writers. Many of this year’s thesis writers will read from and speak about their works.

The order of the presentations will be:

  • 1:10 Stephanie Ullmann ’11
  • 1:30 Charlie Alderman ’11
  • 1:50 Camara Awkward-Rich ’11
  • 2:10 Matthew Bernstein ’11
  • 2:30 Barbara Fenig ’11
  • 2:50 Carlos Nugent ’11
  • 3:10 Chris Scott ’11
  • 3:30 Jonathan Spindel ’11

Pizza and refreshments will be served.

Date: Friday May 6
Time: 1-4 pm
Place: Russell House