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Apply to be the Kim-Frank Fellow!

A message from Quinn Frenzel ’16:

Attention, seniors! Would you like to begin your post-graduate career with a prestigious fellowship?

Apply to be the 2017-2018 Kim-Frank Fellow in the Writing Programs. Applications are due by email on Monday, March 27 at 4:30 PM.

The Kim-Frank Fellow works with Prof. Anne Greene in the Writing Programs office, helping to organize a broad range of writing programs and events on campus. The Fellow assists in running the university’s Writing Certificate and writing programs, has teaching responsibilities, and helps contribute to the development of new courses.

The Fellow also has an opportunity to work with distinguished writers, journalists, artists, and public figures.

The 2017-18 Fellow will be appointed with graduate student status and is eligible to take two academic courses, conduct research, and work collaboratively with faculty members.

To apply, please email the following application materials to Professor Anne Greene at agreene[at]wesleyan[dot]edu using the subject line “Kim-Frank Fellowship Application.”

1. A letter of interest discussing your academic work at Wesleyan, other important experiences, your fuure plans or aspirations, and your interest in this Fellowship.
2. A transcript
3. A resume
4. Two writing samples: One academic paper, with comments and a grade if they are available. The second piece should also be prose — academic, journalistic, or creative.
5. The names of two faculty members who can serve as references. Your references will be contacted if you are a finalist.

For more information, visit the Writing at Wesleyan webpage or contact Anne Greene, University Professor in English and Director of the Writing Certificate, at 860-685 3604 or agreene[at]wesleyan[dot]edu.

Due date: Monday, March 27th at 5:00 p.m.
How to apply: Send required materials by email to agreene[at]wesleyan[dot]edu

The Writing Workshop is Open for the Semester

Ford Fellow Elana Rosenthal ’15/GRAD writes in with information about Wesleyan’s Writing Workshop:

Does the long list of writing assignments on your syllabus make you shudder?
At the Writing Workshop a staff of trained peer tutors is available to meet with you at every stage of the writing process. You can meet with a tutor to discuss ideas for an upcoming assignment, edit a rough draft of a paper, or review a professor’s comments on completed work. Everyone is welcome and all services are free. Make an appointment through your E-portfolio (click on “Writing Workshop”) or stop by during drop-in hours.

Read on after the jump for the Fall 2015 Writing Workshop schedule:

Writing Prize Winners Read at Russell House

Selected student winners of the Wesleyan writing awards will read from their work on Wednesday, May 6th in the Russell House.

The speakers will include:
Anna Strzempko 17, winner of the Boylan Award for an outstanding piece of journalistic work
Nora Canby 17 and Rebecca Michelson 15, co-winners of the Herbert Lee Connelly Prize for an outstanding piece of creative nonfiction
Madalena Henning 15 and Markeisha Hill 16, co-winners of the Sarah Hannah Prize for an outstanding poem
Rachel Kaly 17, winner of the Horgan Prize for an exceptional short story
Hea-Ream Lee 15, winner of the James L. McConaughy Prize for the best essay on a specialized subject, written for general readers
Amy Mattox 17 and Katherine Gibbel 15, co-winners of the Sophie Reed Prize for the best poem or group of poems
Quinn Frenzel 16, winner of the Wesleyan Fiction Award for an outstanding piece of fiction

This event is free an open to the public. Click here for more info or call 860-685-3448.

Date: Wednesday, May 6
Time: 8:00 PM
Place: Russell House

Apply to Work at Russell House

Professor Anne Greene and Kim-Frank Fellow Rachel Warner ’14 write in:

Love the writers and poets who come to speak at the Russell House? Want to get paid to watch them read? Come work for the Russell Series of Prose and Poetry!

At the Writing Programs we are hiring several students to join the staff of the Russell House for the fall semester. You will work closely with the Kim-Frank Writing Fellow, helping to run the visiting writers’ talks. Duties include greeting the campus audience and members of the public, managing the reception, setting up and breaking down each event, and helping to meet the speaker’s needs. Perks include meeting the authors (and having your books signed!) and sharing the reception food after the event, including desserts from the Green Room. Applicants should be well-organized, polite, and calm in the face of last-minute problems.
To apply, please send the following material to Rachel Warner at
russellhouse[at]wesleyan[dot]edu by 4 p.m. on Monday, May 11:
1) A statement of interest that describes your work experience.
2) A resume, if you have one available.
3) Your spring class schedule and a list of any other time commitments you’ve already made.

Date and time: Applications due Monday, May 11th by 4:oopm
Send applications to: Rachel Warner, russellhouse[at]wesleyan[dot]edu

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.

Writer Elif Batuman speaks at Downey House


I am tripping over myself with excitement because this Friday, May 2nd, the writer Elif Batuman will be on campus for a Writing Programs-sponsored reading. Batuman is the author of The Possessed: Adventures with Russian Books and the People Who Read Them, as well as numerous journalistic and critical essays for Harper’sThe New Yorker, n+1The London Review of Books, and many other periodicals of renown.

At 4:30 p.m. in Downey House room 113, Batuman will read from her work and offer a brief Q&A. Do not miss the event many have already begun referring to as “the literarary event of the semester” and “likely to be very good.”

You might enjoy this New Yorker piece in which Batuman describes training with three-time Muay Thai boxing world champion and autodidact Bunkerd Faphimai, and writes the sentence, “It was astounding to see these enormous men, in protective helmets and mouth guards and shin guards, flying to all corners like discarded robots while Bunkerd stood in the middle of the ring, cheerfully wiping blood from his nose and displaying no sign of fatigue or ill humor.”

Date: Friday, May 2
Time: 4:30 p.m.
Location: Downey House, room 113
Cost: $0

More selections of Batuman’s writing follow:

The Writing Programs present: Another Publishing Workshop


Ford Fellow Piers Gelly ’13 sends us this, but I’m too tired to think of something witty to say in this line and am just going to end it with a colon after this word:

Bring a short piece of writing (you own or someone else’s) and learn
how to turn that text into a beautiful printed work. Halloween-related
texts are extremely welcome but not required.

Please email pgelly[at]wesleyan[dot]edu with any questions.

Date: TODAY, Thursday, October 31
Time: 4:15 PM – 5:15 PM
Place: CFA Lab

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.)

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.