U.W.S.P. Writers' Workshop: ENTRY FORM Examine the writing categories described in the following pages and prepare your entries. Fill out the entry form on the last page of this flyer or provide the requested information on a separate sheet of paper. Ask your instructor to submit your entries with those of others in your class and send them to U.W.S.P. Writers' Workshop, English Department, Stevens Point, WI 54481 or send yours individually. Entries may be submitted any time (the earlier, the better), but THEY NEED TO BE RECEIVED BY Friday, OCTOBER 16, 2009! Entries must be typed, double-spaced on numbered pages, and include the author's name and school in the upper right-hand corner of each page. You may single space poetry submissions. Students are advised to keep a copy of each entry in case of loss. NOTE: Specify whether you are a junior or senior AND indicate the genre category for each entry you submit. Entries in each category will be judged by the faculty member who leads the workshop at U.W.S.P. Approximately twelve to twenty writers of the best submissions in each genre will be invited to attend one or more workshops, and certificates and scholarships will be awarded at the end of the event. If your students are invited to this year’s Writers’ Workshop, you will hear from us by November 6, 2009. THE DAY OF THE WORKSHOP Sessions will be held in both the morning and afternoon. Students honored in more than one genre will have the opportunity to work with two experts. Lunch for invited students is provided at the Debot Center, the campus’s main dining hall. After lunch, former U.W.S.P. professor and New York Times best-selling author Pat Rothfuss will read from his fiction and nonfiction and answer questions from the audience about the writing process and other aspects of writing. The day will end with an awards ceremony for the presentation of certificates and a $1,000 scholarship to U.W.S.P. in each genre. ______________________________________________________ Name (please print) ______________________________________________________ Year in School ______________________________________________________ Name of School ______________________________________________________ Address of School ______________________________________________________ Category of Entry ______________________________________________________ Name of Sponsoring Teacher, if applicable Fill out this entry blank (or a copy of it) or write down the information that the entry blank requests on a separate sheet of paper; attach this information to your submission. Please submit all writing through the U.S. mail. Do not email submissions. Submissions must be received by Friday, October 16, 2009. Kim Siclovan U.W.S.P. Writers' Workshop English Department UW-Stevens Point Stevens Point, WI 54481 We do not send submissions back, so please keep copies of what you send us. Any questions? Feel free to e-mail or phone Pat Gott at [email protected]/(715-346-4347), Sarah Pogell at [email protected]/(715-346-4533) or Kim Siclovan [email protected]/ (715-346-4758). THANK YOU! The following university offices and agencies provide financial support, which makes the Writers’ Workshop possible. The College of Letters and Sciences….Christopher Cirmo, Dean The English Department……..Michael Williams, Chair The U.W.S.P. Foundation WORKSHOP FOUNDER AND ADVISOR ISABELLE STELMAHOSKE, Professor Emeritus of English, specializes in modern drama, dramatic literature, and leading summer abroad theatre programs in London. WORKSHOP DIRECTOR Patricia Gott teaches writing, gender studies, and modern British literature at U.W.S.P. Sarah Pogell teaches writing, Experimental Fiction, and Nineteenth- and Twentieth-Century British Literature at U.W.S.P. THE FAMILIAR ESSAY The familiar essay has a long history, including such famous names as Montaigne, Charles Lamb, Virginia Woolf, and, in our own time, E. B. White, James Thurber, and Anna Quindlen. The subject of the familiar essay is anything under the sun that interests and amuses the essayist, but it must also interest the reader. Writing personally, the familiar essayist must write about what other people think, feel, and experience: the difficulties of growing up, the pain and joy of first love, the sorrow of loss, and the delight of discovery. Never definitive, always personal, this type of writing should be light, informal and conversational. Submissions may range from 500 to 1200 words. After receiving both her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from U.W.S.P., Rebecca Lorenz-Schumacher has been teaching freshman English at the university for five years. She enjoys helping students discover their potential to become good writers and great thinkers. An alumnus of the U.W.S.P. English department, David Roloff teaches education methods and composition courses at U.W.S.P. Professor Roloff has taught high school for ten years. His current research involves the impact of technology on students' approaches to the writing process. THE FORMAL ESSAY: Environmental Issues Write to persuade your readers to take better care of the environment, to alert the public to the dangers of pollution, atmospheric problems with ozone, acid rain, global warming, and tropical deforestation, or to analyze another important environmental subject. Give your essay a global focus and take it seriously, realizing, as former U.W.S.P. Professor of Resource Management Lowell Klessig puts it, "This community we live in is in fact the whole planet." Submit essays of any length beyond a minimum of five hundred words. Select your one or two best essays. They may be research essays, carefully documented, or essays that rely primarily on your analysis and reasoning. For examples, you might examine the work of such writers as Aldo Leopold, Lewis Thomas, Sissela Bok, and Annie Dillard. Be sure to support all of your assertions. ACTIVITIES FOR FACULTY At lunch Dan Dieterich will lead a session helping students write good resumes. For many years, Dan Dieterich has taught business writing to UWSP students. In each of his business writing courses, he has helped students to write effective résumés, cover letters, and other job search documents. He has also conducted dozens of workshops for students about these same topics. In addition, he has conducted résumé workshops and tutorials for many professionals seeking to find or change jobs. In the afternoon Larry Morgan is an assistant professor of English at U.W.S.P. He received his doctorate, emphasizing Professional Writing, from the University of New Mexico. For more than twenty years before beginning work on his Ph.D., he was a professional journalist. The majority of his journalism career was in Corpus Christi, Texas, where he was a sports writer and outdoor columnist. Barbara Dixson, Professor of English and head of the Teacher Education program in English at U.W.S.P., will lead a discussion about best practices and writing assignments for high school teachers. Other U.W.S.P. English faculty will be on hand as well for casual conversation and to answer questions about the department. We will provide a boxed lunch. To reserve a lunch and/or to take part in the discussion, please notify Kim Siclovan (whose address, phone number, and email are on the entry blank) so that we can provide enough seating and lunches for everyone who wishes to come! Please let her know by Thursday, November 13, 2009. FOR STUDENTS NOT IN MORNING WORKSHOPS WRITING FOR CHILDREN WRITING FOR CHILDREN U.W.S.P. student writers will read from their fiction, poetry, and non-fiction pieces. These students will also be available for discussion and to answer questions about writing and what it's like to be a U.W.S.P. student and writer. An open reading will follow during which you are encouraged to read from your work. Please bring your own fiction, poetry, and familiar essays! ACTIVITIES FOR STUDENTS AND TEACHERS While not involved in other activities, we invite you to… *Watch U.W.S.P. dancers in class and rehearsing for the Fall Dance Concert in one of NFAC’s state of the art dance studios. *Talk to Michael Williams, English Department Chair, who will be available much of the day in 486 Collins Classroom Center for informal discussion. Parents are welcome too. Children's literature is an exciting and rapidly growing literary market. Writing for children (ages four through twelve) may include mystery stories, fantasy, historical fiction, humorous pieces, biographies, action/adventure, science-fiction, science/nature books, how-to books, easy-to-read books, and short, easily produced plays. Participants may submit entries in one or more of the above categories. Entries are limited to not more than three manuscripts. Please be sure to indicate the age group for which the writing is intended. Do include Action Humor Adventure Emotion Believable events Clear and appealing language Make your story fun to read, for children and for the adults who read with them. Ask yourself, "Would I have wanted to read this story when I was a child?" Elizabeth Felt Elizabeth Caulfield Felt has been teaching freshman composition at UWSP since 2005. Elizabeth’s first novel, Charlotte, doubled as her master’s thesis and won her an award from the UWSP Graduate Council. Her second novel, Syncopation, is being considered for publication. Although her first two novels are for adult readers, Elizabeth is currently writing a mystery for pre-teens that takes place on the UWSP campus during an American Suzuki Institute summer music camp. SHORT STORY POETRY Students who wish to participate in the Short Story Workshop may submit one story of up to twenty-five pages on any subject but should avoid contrived plots, false happy endings, sentimentality, and formula writing. Instead, try to write stories that attempt to deal honestly and clearly with the problems and pleasures of being human. It would be better to look for your stories in your own experiences or the experiences of people you know than to look to television, movies, or books. Each writer should submit at least four and no more than seven original poems. Manuscripts should be clear and clean with a dark impression. In selecting participants, we look for poems that are well-crafted and exciting–poems that show a strong use of imagery and concrete detail, precise diction, a sense of the rhythms of language, and the ability to create striking metaphors. Form and theme should interact. In the Workshop, we'll identify some of the elements that make a successful story. Mathew Chacko’s specialties include Creative Writing (fiction), the Short Story, the Contemporary Novel and Post-Colonial Studies. Originally from Kerala, India, he has been in the U.S. for over two decades. His work has appeared in the Kenyon Review, Missouri Review, Puerto del Sol and other magazines. He is the recipient of fellowships from the Ohio Arts Council and the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, MA. He is currently finishing a collection of stories and has begun work on a novel set in India and the U.S. We reserve the right to cancel a session if we do not receive enough student entries to run it. Patricia R. Dyjak is a poet and Assistant Professor of English at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. She earned her Ph.D. in English and an M.A. in Women’s Studies from the University at Albany. She has an M.F.A. in Creative Writing – Poetry from Western Michigan University where she worked with Herbert Scoot and William Olsen. She has had the luck to work with Judith E. Johnson and Bernadette Mayer, and been grad assistant at the NY State Writers’ Institute. She has published her poems in national literary journals, including Earth's Daughters, and Diner, among others, and recently had a chapbook published by Outlaw Artists called Autobiography of Some Other Woman. Her poetry is driven both by the music of language and by ideas. Pat is very interested in feminist spirituality, the web of life, and the way religion teaches people to grant authority to particular structures of power.
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