Rebecca Brill ’16 writes in:
Stethoscope Press, Wesleyan’s student-run press, is open for submissions! Stethoscope loves to publish creative, long-form texts: In the past, we’ve published an illustrated guide to the birds of Connecticut, a graphic novel, a collection of short stories and collages, a multimedia memoir, and a novella. This is a year-long commitment that enables you to work one-on-one with an editor from October through late April, as well as workshop your book with the entire press. Writers will also be responsible for the design of their book with the help of Stethoscope’s design editor.
Interested? To apply, please send us a Word document with:
1) Name, major, year, and any past writing experience.
2) A one-page proposal describing your idea for a book. The proposal should be as detailed as possible–please include what you want to do, literary influences, and any other related thoughts. Please also include a couple sentences on why you feel Stethoscope is the best fit for your project. Your book may change over time, but it is important for us to get a sense of your thought process and creative interests.
3) Please also send us 6-8 pages of writing that relates to your proposal or showcases your strengths. Feel free to send one piece or several excerpts.
If you have any questions, contact Rebecca Brill at rebrill[at]wesleyan[dot]edu.
To apply: email stethoscopepress[at]gmail[dot]com
DEADLINE: Wednesday, October 14 at 5 PM
From Rebecca Brill ’16:
Stethoscope Press, Wesleyan’s only student run publishing press, is looking for a few more editors! As an editor, you will work one on one with a writer to create a beautifully published book by the end of the year. If you love the process of writing, editing, and designing, consider joining us for a rewarding and collaborative experience. In the past, we’ve published graphic novels, poem collections, novellas, memoirs, and short stories.
To apply, please send a 5-7 page writing sample to stethoscopepress[at]gmail[dot]com and a few sentences on why you’re applying and what kind of writing excites you. The deadline is Sunday, September 20 at 4pm.
Don’t hesitate to email Rebecca Brill (rebrill[at]wesleyan[dot]edu) with questions.
Deadline: Sunday, September 20 at 4 PM
A Writing at Wesleyan event:
Interested in writing and publishing? Looking for summer opportunities?
Come to the information session for the Wesleyan Writers Conference and the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism’s Columbia Publishing Course on TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 24, at 4:15 p.m. in Downey 113.
The Wesleyan Writers Conference (June 10-14) welcomes new writers, established writers, and everyone interested in writing, editing, and publishing. Scholarships for undergraduates and credit toward the Writing Certificate are available. More information can be found here.
The Columbia Publishing Course (June 14-July 24) is an intensive introduction to all aspects of book, magazine, and digital media publishing. More information about the course can be found here.
Date: Tuesday, February 24
Time: 4:15-5:15 PM
Place: Downey House, Room 113
From Ford Fellow Piers Gelly ’13:
First college paper got you down? Worried about being swallowed whole by the workload? Never fear! The Writing Programs have you covered.
This Thursday and Friday, our wonderful group of First-Year Seminar tutors will hold workshops that are certain to enlighten and astound you.
Wesleyan’s Stethoscope Press has brought you entirely student-published literature, artwork, and appropriate Wesleying post images for more than a year and a half now. Piers Gelly ’13 hopes you’ll give back:
Stethoscope is doing a fundraiser to pull together some last minute funds! Our books are mostly written and about to go to print, but we’re a few dollars short.
We’ll also be doing a bake/d sale at Zonker Harris Day.
With a description this succinct, what’s not to love? …the description, you say? Ugh, rude. Here’s a little more, from the Indiegogo site:
Each year, we select several writers who work one-on-one with an editor to produce a book of original work. This year, we’re printing five books: a novella, a collection of poems, two collections of short stories, and a book of essays. […]
Please consider donating to Stethoscope! Any amount, however small, means a lot. It costs $4.40 to print one copy of any one book, so by donating just $10, you’ll be funding two whole books. For $22, you’ll be supporting one copy each of all five books.
We are offering some great rewards for donations. Take a look!
Show your support to Stethoscope by next Monday, Aprill 22, if you’d like to help out.
On Allbritton’s top floor last night, three young women – Carla Blumenkranz, Dayna Tortorici, and Elizabeth Gumport – gave Wesleyan students an eagerly anticipated glimpse into their lives as editors of n+1, a Brooklyn-based print (three times a year) and online outlet for political and cultural commentary founded in 2004. After a brief introduction and reading of a selection from the magazine, the editors took questions and engaged in dialogue with each other and the student attendees for over an hour. Despite extra chairs and the wide surfaces of tables shoved to the corner of the room, the event was packed enough to draw a crowd above seating capacity. Senior humanities majors, students active in progressive politics on campus, and others who I can’t put into a stereotypical box quite as quickly asked questions and heard detailed answers from the editors about n+1‘s history, ideological project, and inner workings, as well as more personal anecdotes about how and why the speakers became involved in the magazine and a recurring joke from the editors identifying their goal for n+1 as perfection “in the eyes of God”.
n+1 self-identifies online as “a print magazine of politics, literature, and culture founded in 2004 and published three times yearly.” At their session, Blumenkranz, Tortorici, and Gumport spoke of the magazine’s group of core editors and writers as a “collective” – decentralized and minimally hierarchical – of like-minded young people, working on something like a shared passion project. The magazine’s propensity to take on problematic aspects of what they perceive as the left’s literary establishment took front and center last night, too: the brief reading from the magazine, an excerpt from n+1‘s regular, collectively written editorial The Intellectual Situation, critiqued The Atlantic and Harper’s Magazine, largely from a feminist standpoint that the three characterized as a recent development in the magazine’s writing in their interview for the Pyxis blog.
From Samantha Maldonado ’13 comes news of an excellent event happening in Allbritton tomorrow for anyone interested in writing, magazines, or cultural criticism:
n+1 is a Brooklyn-based magazine of politics, literature, and cultural criticism. Editors Carla Blumenkranz, Dayna Tortorici, and Elizabeth Gumport will read a piece they wrote from the newest issue, discuss different genres of writing, talk about the publishing industry, and answer your questions.
Once you’ve properly digested that event blurb, head over to Pyxis to read Maldonado’s interview with the editors. Then consider offering said editors your couch for a night; it seems they’re not pleased with the hotel reservations their interns have booked at the Wesley Inn & Suites on Washington Street:
Various Wesleyan people were quick to respond with alternative suggestions:
From Maxwell Bevilacqua:
Join us for the first of several information sessions about summer options for students interested in writing and publishing, sponsored by Wesleyan’s Writing Programs.
At the summer Columbia Publishing Course, students learn directly from leaders in the industry–writers, editors, publishers, design directors, illustrators, advertising experts, and publicists. Geared to recent college graduates and culminating in a job fair, the course also includes extensive preparation for the job market. At this information session, CPC director Shaye Areheart will discuss the program and answer questions about careers in publishing. Recent graduates of CPC have landed at Random House, HarperCollins, Scholastic, Marie Claire, Glamour, DailyBeast.com, and NYmag.com.
For more information about CPC, visit their website. For information about the event, please contact Professor Anne Greene at agreene(at)wesleyan(dot)edu or (860) 685-3604
Date: Monday, February 25
Time: 4:15 pm
Place: Allbritton 311
From Izzy Rode ’14 and Eric Stephen ’13:
Liz Bradbury, author of the critically acclaimed Maggie Gale Mystery series, will be visiting campus to talk about and read from her newest hot Lesbian romance/mystery Being the Steel Drummer and share her experiences as a Lesbian writer/publisher and activist.
Recently featured in Diversity Rules Magazine and Lesbian.com Magazine, Liz has also written over 350 nonfiction published articles, columns, and essays. She founded the Valley Gay Press newspaper in 1998, has served as co-editor of Sinister Wisdom Magazine, and is the co-creator of the Medusa Literacy Society for Fiercely Independent Lesbian Publishers.
A full time Queer activist, Liz founded Pennsylvania Diversity Network in 2004. PDN is now the largest LGBT advocacy organization by membership in Pennsylvania.
Liz will be discussing her history of Queer activism, her experiences as a fiction writer, and how self-publishing is a way many Queer authors have made a successful living. She will take questions during the presentation and will be available afterwards to speak individually with those who have questions about writing and publishing their work.
Date: Thursday, November 1
Place: Judd 116
Isabella Litke ’12 wants to publish you, but no more than 10,000 w0rds (they check these days—there’s technologies for that!):
The student-run Undergraduate Journal of Social Studies (UJSS) is accepting submissions for the fall issue. We accept papers written in any of the social sciences; interdisciplinary approaches are strongly encouraged. Please submit papers between 1,500 and 10,000 words, written during your time at Wesleyan. The fall submission deadline is Thursday, November 22nd. Send papers as Word documents to ujsswesleyan(at)gmail(dot)com.
Again, due date is November 22. Read more about the UJSS, or check out its first 2011 volume, here.