Monthly Archives: August 2014

Writing Center Update

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Fall 2014 Writing Center Hours

Limited Hours Begin Tuesday September 2nd

Johnson Hall Room 119D (Through Room 223)
Tuesday – Friday: 10am-1pm

Regular Hours Start Monday September 8th

Johnson Hall Room 119D (Through Room 223)
Monday – Thursday: 10am-4pm
Friday: 10am-1pm

Morgan Library Room 171
Sunday – Thursday: 6pm-8pm

TILT Room 211
Tuesday – Thursday: 6pm-8pm


At the English department meeting the Friday before classes started, Lisa Langstraat gave an update on what’s been happening at the Writing Center. Langstraat is the current Director of the Writing Center, where they had a busy and impressive 2013-2014 academic year.

  • The number of consultations provided rose by 25.3% last year, from 4252 in the academic year 2012/13 to 5693 in 2013/14.
  • The Writing Center team implemented a new online appointment system, so while students can still work with a Writing Center consultant without an appointment, they can also make an appointment up to a month in advance, which should help many students plan and make time for revisions before their assignments are due.
  • Worked with students — both undergraduate and graduate — from 191 different academic programs, and more than 350 courses.
  • 46% of consultations were with non-native English speakers who come to CSU from 41 different countries.

This year, the Writing Center has eleven new consultants, five returning consultants, and four internship consultants. Consultants represent a wide range of majors, research interests, and experience — from TESL to Biology.

The Writing Center welcomes their new graduate student director, Sarah Hansen, who is enrolled in the MFA program. Sarah brings significant experience, fresh perspectives, and impressive technological expertise, of which the Writing Center plans to take full advantage this year!

The Writing Center program development goals this year include creating more opportunities for graduate student writers who are working on theses and dissertations, continuing to increase the number of course collaborations with faculty from across the university, and continuing to enhance services for non-native speakers of English.

Find out more about the Writing Center: http://writingcenter.colostate.edu/

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Center for Literary Publishing Update

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The Center for Literary Publishing (CLP) is home of Colorado Review (CR), the Colorado Prize for Poetry, the Nelligan Prize for Short Fiction, The Mountain West Poetry Series, the Series in Contemporary Fiction, and Bonfire Press. The CLP’s mission is two-fold: to publish contemporary short fiction, poetry, and nonfiction and to offer graduate students opportunities to learn about and participate in literary publishing through a professional internship.

At the English department meeting the Friday before classes started, Stephanie G’Schwind gave an update on what’s been happening at the CLP. G’Schwind is the Director of the Center for Literary Publishing and Editor of Colorado Review. The CLP had an exciting and productive 2013-2014 academic year.

  • The CLP had 23 interns, graduate students from the English department — 18 from the M.F.A. program, four from Creative Nonfiction, and one from Literature. (Read more about the internship here).

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  • Received an NEA grant of $10,000 which supported publication of two Mountain West Poetry titles: The Logan Notebooks and Songs (forthcoming November 2014) and author payments for Colorado Review Spring 2014.
  • CLP books (but not Colorado Review) are marketed and distributed by the University Press of Colorado. They are available through UPC, Amazon, Powell’s, Barnes & Noble, and others.
  • Colorado Review is entering its second year with Project MUSE. Through MUSE, CR is available in 2,518 libraries: 1121 in US & Canada, 1,397 international. Total subscriptions: 3,553.

Looking ahead to the 2014-2015 academic year, the CLP has 24 interns — 18 from the M.F.A. program, four from Creative Nonfiction, and two from Literature. The CLP is very pleased to have hired third-year M.F.A. (poetry) student Drew Webster as its managing editor for 2014-15. The CLP plans to publish three issues of Colorado Review and two Mountain West Poetry Series books, the winning Colorado Prize for Poetry book, as well as award and publish the winning story from the Nelligan Prize for Short Fiction. They await word on NEA funding for 2015.

English Department Communications Internship Opportunity

English Department Communications Internship
Number of positions: 1
Internship term: Fall 2014 Semester, 15 weeks, August 25th – December 12th, 2014
Total credits: 2
Hours: 80 hours (40 per credit hour), approximately 5 per week
Stipend: $250.00
Application Deadline: Thursday, August 21st by 5:00 p.m.

The English Department is looking for two engaged, self-motivated, responsible, creative, and enthusiastic CSU students, undergraduate or graduate, with good communication and writing skills to help tell the story of the English Department. The interns in this position will help facilitate communication and community with students, faculty, staff, alumni and friends of the English Department.

Interns will spend most of their time researching, interviewing, attending events, writing, and developing content — both for print and online. A major responsibility of this internship will be creating content for the department’s blog, https://englishcsu.wordpress.com/. Interns will work directly with the English department’s Communications Coordinator to meet departmental communication needs and complete various content development projects as assigned, including but not limited to creating profiles of people (alumni, faculty & staff, students), programs and projects; conducting interviews; providing event coverage (which would include attendance and photos, along with other modes of recording where relevant); and reporting departmental news and upcoming events.

For these internship positions, some prior reporting or blogging experience and/or education is preferred, as well as an understanding of principles for writing for the web and strong communication skills, both in person and in text. We also prefer applicants who are familiar with the English Department, its programs, people, and events – and who are willing to learn more. Content will be developed in various modes, and therefore skill with technologies such as sound recording and photography, as well as image and sound editing experience is preferred. We are also looking for interns with good people skills, the ability to participate in effective verbal and written exchanges, understanding that as they attend events and conduct interviews and such, they are acting as a “goodwill ambassador” for the department.

Applicants should email or hand deliver to the English Department main office the following: a cover letter, résumé, contact information for three references (phone and email), and three writing samples (plus multimedia samples, if applicable) by the application deadline to:

English Department
c/o Jill Salahub: Communications Coordinator
Jill.Salahub@colostate.edu
A105 Behavioral Sciences Bldg.
1773 Campus Delivery
Ft. Collins, CO 80523-1773