What if all creative writing programs did this? What if instead of expecting our students to figure it out on their own, we gave them some stars to steer by?
Originally posted on Salvatore Pane:
I’m so excited to announce that the UIndy English department will be teaming up with a large group of presses and journals over the next few years to offer our students onsite and offsite internships with organizations based in Los Angeles and Manhattan and hopefully everywhere else in between. This builds heavily off the work of Prof. Kevin McKelvey, and over the upcoming summer and fall, we’re placing our students into internships with Boss Fight Books, Braddock Avenue Books, and a host of other magazines and presses we shouldn’t announce just quite yet. I’m hoping to extend and build connections with other presses and journals over the coming months, and if you’re interested in having either an onsite or offsite intern in the fall, spring, or summer, please do not hesitate to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org. This is an amazing opportunity for our students to get hands…
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These are excellent questions: What are some books that you needed and didn’t know about? What are some books that you had that helped you figure things out? And how are you making sure that other people know how great they are?
Originally posted on Brittany Means:
One series that I loved with all of my heart was A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket. What made it so great was that Violet Baudelaire, the oldest, was a girl like me and she was the one who was generally in charge, saving the day, fixing everything. As a kid who was also, incidentally, a girl, and someone not very in control of the events in her life…
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THANK YOU SO MUCH Cheryl Russell for talking about Literary Citizenship and for inviting my students to contribute to your blog.
Originally posted on Why The Writing Works:
It’s a concept worth practicing—share others’ work instead of relentlessly promoting your own. But not just anyone’s work; share work you believe in.
*Read books and share the good stories, across all genres. Read, and then promote the work that you believe needs shared with the literary world.
*Support literary magazines through subscriptions if you can; but at the very least track down issues at a library, read, and then share the stories that resonated with you with others.
*Buy books and post reviews of the ones you believe need more readers.
*Support authors you enjoy by sharing their work and sending them a note of encouragement/appreciation.
Read more about literary citizenship at the Literary Citizenship blog.
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This guy. This guy. He’s such a wonderful literary citizen. I really learned a lot just by watching him go go go.
Originally posted on Ball State English Department:
Tyler Gobble graduated from Ball State University in May 2011. He is a multi-hat wearer for Magic Helicopter Press and host of the Everything Is Bigger reading series at Malvern Books in Austin, TX. He has plopped out four chapbooks, with two others called Other People’s Poems (Radioactive Moat) and Collected Feelings with Layne Ransom (Forklift INK) forthcoming, and his first full-length will be out from Coconut Books in the fall of 2014. He likes disc golf, tank tops, and bacon, and yes, in that order. Feel free to mosey a message over to email@example.com for whatever reasons.
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Here’s what happened when I put my students in charge of the @LitCitizen account.
Originally posted on White Pages:
Running social media for myself is one thing. Running a Twitter account for a broad concept which has a strong community is quite another. We needed a plan. We needed to figure out what the community wanted to know about, what they wanted to know from us.
Have you ever tried to figure out what people you haven’t even met want from you? It’s some pretty difficult stuff.
Then, we thought of Acts of Literary Citizenship. These are actions that people can take to show their dedication and passion for the literary world. After all, what good is a passion for something if it isn’t shared?
As our professor, Cathy Day‘s, class has evolved, a list of about 40 Literary Citizenship Acts were already compiled. We added about 10 more due to…
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