From Gabriel Borelli ’16:
Hey, seniors! Has the job panic set in yet? There’s an excellent opportunity right here at Wesleyan for any graduate interested in writing and invested in writers.
Do you have excellent editing and interpersonal skills? Are you interested in the fields of teaching or publishing/editing? Would you like to begin your post-graduate career with a prestigious fellowship? If so, apply to be a Ford Fellow in the Writing Programs for the 2017-2018 academic year!
In an administrative role, the Ford Fellow assists in running the university’s Writing Workshop and supporting the First Year Seminar program. The Fellow’s teaching responsibilities include helping to train the university’s student writing tutors, designing and leading the seminar for veteran tutors, developing workshops and tutoring services for first-year students and other campus communities, and serving as the university’s senior writing tutor. The Ford Fellow will be instrumental in designing and updating the web page of writing resources for the entire Wesleyan community.
The Fellowship also includes a generous stipend, and the Fellow has graduate student status and is eligible to take two courses.
Please email the following application materials to Professor Meg Weisberg, Interim Director of Academic Writing (mweisberg[at]wesleyan[dot]edu)
- A letter of interest explaining your academic experience and future plans
- A transcript
- A resume
- Two academic papers, preferably with grades and the instructors’ comments
- The names of two faculty members who can serve as references. Your references will be contacted if you are a finalist.
Applications are due MARCH 13, 2017 by 4:30 p.m. and interviews scheduled thereafter.
Deadline: Monday, March 13th at 4:30pm
More information here.
Quinn Frenzel ’16 writes in:
The Wesleyan University Writing Programs is hosting a reading by Jacob Julien visiting writer Pankaj Mishra. Pankaj Mishra is the author of a novel, The Romantics, winner of the Los Angeles Time’s Art Seidenbaum Award for First Fiction, and several works of nonfiction. He is a regular contributor to Bloomberg View, The New York Review of Books, The Guardian, and The New Yorker. In 2014, he was awarded the Windham-Campbell Literature Prize in Nonfiction. His most recent books include From the Ruins of Empire: The Intellectuals Who Remade Asia and Age of Anger: A History of The Present.
Date: Wednesday, March 1st
Place: Russell House
The wonderful Zenzele Price ’18 writes in:
Do you still remember the first book you loved? Still have it? Still love it? If you have some visual art skills and some serious storytelling impulses, come by the Shapiro Center to learn more about Amy Bloom’s Creating Children’s Books class, taught in spring 2017! Amy and a previous student will answer questions about the class and application process, and snacks will be provided!
Whether you are looking to create a book that will launch your career (or at least get you an interview), create a series that changes the world of children’s books or write a book that you’ll cherish forever, learn more about a chance to craft a book of your very own.
Date: Thursday, October 27
Place: Shapiro Center (167 High St)
From the literary lovelies of the English Majors Committee:
The English Majors Committee would like to invite you to an Open Mic Night on this Friday, February 21, at 7:00 pm, in the Downey House Lounge! This is an opportunity for all students to come and share their work with a friendly audience of fellow students and faculty. We welcome any work that can be read aloud, including fiction, nonfiction, poems, and plays.
If you would like to read, you can sign up in advance for a five-minute slot on the attached Google doc––we will also have a sign-up sheet at the event. We’ll start the night with a reading by our headliner, Professor Salvatore Scibona. As usual, there will be coffee and cookies to snack on.
The open mic night is open to students from all majors––feel free to pass this info along, and tell your friends!
Date: Friday, February 21st
Place: Downey House Lounge
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A lovely invitation from Natalie Sacks ’14:
Interested in what an English thesis might look like? How about creative nonfiction, classical music or sex? This Tuesday, Julia Conrad ’14 will be giving a talk on her thesis topic, “Sex and the Symphony.” 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 the topic, we’d love to have you.
This event is part of the English Major Talk Series sponsored by the Majors’ Committee, so stay tuned next semester for more thesis talks!
Date: November 5, 2013
Time: 4:15 PM – 5:00 PM
Place: Downey House Room 113
The HM of Russian House, Marjorie Hunt ’15, wants to tell you about a poetry reading today!
This Friday is the anniversary of the Charge of the Light Brigade during the Battle of Balaclava, Crimean War, 1854–British against Russia, result inconclusive. 159 years later, we still can’t decide whether we want to speak English or Russian, so come join Russian House and Professor Priscilla Meyer for a participatory poetry reading of works by Russian poets. We will read poems IN ENGLISH, so non-Russian speakers are welcome!
Date: October 25, 2013
Time: 4:30 pm – 5:30 pm
Place: Russian House (163 High Street)
Here’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
Place: Downey House Lounge, 294 High Street
David Shimomura ’13 will speak about Theorizing the (Video) Game as part of the English Major Talk Series.
Treats will be served!
Date: Tuesday, December 6
Time: 7 p.m.
Place: Downey House
Sponsored by the English Department
Fresh from her own adventures in Italia, Grace Asleson ’13 (not pictured above) writes in about a great summer opportunity:
Don’t know what to do this summer? Interested in going to Italy and getting paid for it? Join ACLE—a non-profit organization that hires college kids to teach English to Italian Children at summer camps all over Italy. Travel every one to two weeks and stay with host families. Don’t speak Italian? No problem. The families want you to speak English at home and at camp. Come to Hewitt 9 Lounge this Friday, February 25, at 5 pm to find out more! Ci vediamo venerdi!
For those looking for a clearer picture of the experience, check out this classic, accurate portrayal of a summer internship in Italy.
Date: Friday, February 25th
Time: 5:00 P.M.
Place: Hewitt 9 Lounge
From Kathleen Coe Roberts an opportunity to hear a really nice guy talk (I actually saw him a few minutes ago):
In the last decade of the twentieth century, Russell Banks published a series of brilliant novels that explore the possibilities for democracy in the post-Cold-War United States. Banks’s fiction addresses this problem not just thematically, but formally and generically as well—both invoking and calling into question the once widely shared notion that literary fiction might serve as an important means of democratic education. Professor McCann proposes that Banks’ work can be read as at once a lament for and an indictment of the declining belief that the novel and the university could work together toward the realization of a democratic society.
Date: Monday, Feb. 21
Time: 4:30 PM – 6:00 PM
Place: Russell House