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Goodbye Summer, Hello Fall, image from Colorado State University.

“Goodbye Summer, Hello Fall,” image from Colorado State University Facebook page.

  • Tony Becker recently had an article, “L2 Students’ Performance on Listening Comprehension Items Targeting Local and Global Information,” published in the Journal of English for Academic Purposes. For those interested in reading the article, it is currently available at http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S147515851630042X.
  • Judy Doenges’ story “Promised Land” was listed in Other Distinguished Stories of 2015 in Best American Short Stories 2016.
  • Todd Mitchell presented two sessions last week at the 40th Rocky Mountain Chapter SCBWI Conference in Golden Colorado. He presented a session on endings, and a three-hour intensive on earning character transformations in young adult and middle grade fiction. He also got to hang out with some legendary young adult authors like the Newbery award winner Richard Peck, and Lin Oliver (the Founder of SCBWI, and the writer and producer of a bunch of TV shows and movies). Over the summer, Todd also served as guest faculty for the Antioch MFA Residency in Los Angeles.
  • Rebecca Snow’s review of Anthony Doerr’s novel All the Light We Cannot See: https://rebeccasnow.co/2016/09/13/doppelgangers-of-darkness-and-light/


Creative and Performing Arts Scholarship Competition in Creative Writing

 Deadline: Friday, October, 7, 2016 by 4:00pm 

  • The Creative Writing Program is conducting its annual university-wide creative writing competition for Creative & Performing Arts scholarships.
  • Students can submit multiple genres. Undergraduate submissions may include one or more of the following genres: three to five poems OR one short story OR one creative essay.
  • Awards are typically $500 per academic year in the form of tuition waivers; awards of $1,000 – $5,000 may be given for special merit.
  • Multiple awards are available.

 Submission Guidelines:

  • Students may submit 3 to 5 poems OR 1 short story OR 1 creative nonfiction essay (not an academic paper).
  • DO NOT PUT NAME OR ADDRESS ON THE MANUSCRIPT. Include only page numbers and title on manuscript.
  • Attach a cover letter stating name, address, phone number, CSU I.D. number (NOT ssn number), and genre.
  • Address manuscripts to: Professor Dan Beachy-Quick, Directory, Creative Writing Program, Eddy Hall, CSU. Campus Delivery 1773
  • Please be sure to either mail OR Hand-Deliver submissions to English Department mailbox in Eddy Hall by Friday, October 7, 2016 at 4:00pm.

Criteria for Award:

  • Must have a minimum 2.4 GPA.
  • Must be undergraduates (working on first bachelor’s degree)
  • Must be enrolled full-time (12+ credits).
  • Should be making satisfactory progress toward a degree, i.e., must have satisfactorily completed 75% of CSU courses attempted and must not have accumulated excessive credits. (See Office of Financial Aid for further details).
  • Must be a U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident.

The Creative Writing Faculty cannot comment on the writing; manuscripts will not be returned unless accompanied by a stamped, self-addressed envelope.

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  • Mary Crow’s poetry has been translated for a literary magazine in Chile.  Nine poems from her latest book, Addicted to the Horizon, appear in both their original English and in Spanish translation in Aerea: Revista Hispanoamericana de Poesia, Numero 10, Segunda epoca 2016, with an introduction in Spanish by Francisco Leal. The translators were Silvia Soler-Gallego and Francisco Leal.
  • Sue Doe was an invited speaker for the College English Association’s Coffee on the Commons on April 2 at their annual conference in Denver. Her talk was entitled “University Centers as Partners for Change” and reported on the development of the Center for the Study of Academic Labor (CSAL), which promotes research and scholarship on the transformation of academic labor in higher education, including but not limited to scholarship on contingency and tenure.
  • Judy Doenges’ story “Privacy” will appear in the September issue of Guernica magazine.
  • Felicia Zamora (MFA ’12) won the Andrés Montoya Poetry Prize for her book Of Form & Gather, judged by New York poet, Edwin Torres. The manuscript will be published by the University of Notre Dame Press in 2017. Read more here http://letraslatinasblog.blogspot.com/.


Award Submission Deadline

Outstanding Undergraduate and Graduate Writing Award in Composition, Rhetoric, & Literacy Submission Deadline: Monday, April 11th, 5 pm. Find out more about how to submit here: Undergraduate Award and Graduate Award.


Immediate Need for a CSU Writing Project Intern!

SPRING 2016 INTERN ($500 stipend)

The CSU Writing Project is seeking an intern to assist with writing enrichment programs for elementary and secondary-aged students, including the Youth Science Civic Inquiry Project (YSCI) and on-campus summer writing workshops. YSCI is a partnership with the Fort Collins Museum of Discovery designed to provide low-income youth with access to science and literacy learning related to water use, quality, and equitable access. Duties would include publicity, event planning, clerical and logistical tasks, and data entry. Strong organization and communication skills, ability to meet deadlines, and willingness to work with youth are required. The intern must be available for May 7 YSCI event.

Hours: 30 hours total, so 5-6 hours per week for the remainder of the semester.

SUMMER 2016 INTERN ($800 stipend)

The CSU Writing Project is seeking an intern to assist with the summer institute for the Youth Science Civic Inquiry Project (YSCI) during the month of June. The YSCI institute is a partnership with the Fort Collins Museum of Discovery designed to provide low-income youth with access to science and literacy learning related to water use, quality, and equitable access. Duties would include event planning, clerical and logistical tasks, publicity for culminating event (a film festival in the museum’s Digital Dome theatre). Strong organization and communication skills and willingness to work with youth are required. Expertise in digital media is a plus.

Hours: June 13-25, for approximately 5 hrs. per day with some time to prepare ahead of the event.

To Apply: Please submit a resume and a brief paragraph expressing your interest and qualifications to: Cindy O’Donnell-Allen  at Cindy.Odonnell-Allen@colostate.edu.


Greyrock Review Release Party!!!

The Greyrock Review Release Party will be held on, Thursday, April 28th from 6-8 at Wolverine Farm’s Publishing.


MA or PhD Programs Professional Workshop

All students interested in applying to MA or PhD program in English a workshop will be held on Tuesday, April 12th from 3:00-4:00pm in Eddy 107, led by Pam Coke, Aparna Gollapudi and Roze Hentschell. Topics covered will be “Researching programs of interest, entrance exams, the application process, funding, and online resources.


Write That Book Workshop

 In this 3-part class, Laura Pritchett (author’s bio below), will share everything she wishes she’d known ahead of time about writing a book-length work.  Class 1 will focus on the basics:  thinking through your plot, your themes, your genre.  Class 2 will focus on the psychology of it all:  what prevents us starting or finishing a book?  How can we develop strategies to work with the demands that hold us back as writers, to absorb them into our creative process rather than avoid writing, or shut down, because of them?  Part 3 will focus in on the language:  motifs and metaphors and flat-out beautiful sentences.  We’ll be looking at some contemporary writers (of all genres) to guide us into creating more artful work.

Whether you’re just starting your book or working on revisions, this class will focus on important considerations for a book length work. Writers of all levels are welcome, although the class will likely be most useful for those who have already been envisioning /writing the book for a bit. The class is appropriate for fiction and nonfiction. A lot goes into the class, and you’ll be expected to do a lot too.  So be ready to work!

Cost:  Class limited to 8.  $160 for all three classes, approximately 10 hours of class.  Must sign up for all three classes.  Optional official night reading at the end (date to be determined).

Dates:  Sundays, May 15, 22, and 29, from 1-4 pm.

Location:  Publick House, 316 Willow Street

Teacher bio: Laura Pritchett began her writing journey with the short story collection Hell’s Bottom, Colorado, which won the PEN USA Award for Fiction and the Milkweed National Fiction Prize. This was followed by the novels Sky Bridge, Stars Go Blue, and Red Lightning, which garnered numerous other literary awards, including the High Plains Book Award and the WILLA. She then began work on edited anthologies, which include Pulse of the River, Home Land, and Going Green: True Tales from Gleaners, Scavengers, and Dumpster Divers. She also has a nonfiction book about bears entitled Great Colorado Bear Stories. She holds a PhD from Purdue University and an MA in English from CSU. More at www.laurapritchett.com


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Associate Professor Judy Doenges teaches graduate and undergraduate fiction writing workshops and literature courses. She has published a novel, The Most Beautiful Girl in the World. Her short fiction collection, What She Left Me, won a Ferro-Grumley Award, a Washington State Governor’s Writers Award, the Bakeless Prize, and was named a New York Times Notable Book of the Year. Her stories have appeared in The Kenyon Review, The Georgia Review, Nimrod, Green Mountains Review, and in several anthologies. Her reviews have appeared in the Washington Post and the Seattle Times. She has received grants and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, Artist Trust, the Ohio Arts Council, and Bread Loaf Writer’s Conference. She recently won a PEN/O. Henry Award.

Faculty Profile: Judy Doenges
~by Brianna Wilkins

What does your work consist of at CSU?

I teach creative writing at the undergraduate and graduate level, and I also teach literature at the undergraduate and graduate level. I like to think that my work also involves inspiring students in some way; making them want to be better writers, and better readers of literature.

What do you enjoy most about teaching?

I can honestly say that the thing I enjoy most is working with students, because I get to meet different students every semester. Sometimes it’s hard because you might not ever see them again, but I get to work with so many different students who have so many different levels of expertise and creativity; it’s really fun to see people change and grow over the course of the semester.

Why are the humanities important?

They make people better, because they are aware of other cultures, other people, and other voices. Humanities allow people to become aware of a world that goes beyond their own immediate experience, and their own upbringing.

Who had an influence on you when you were younger?

I had a teacher in grammar school that encouraged the students to do creative writing, and I really enjoyed it. I remember having to stand up in front of the class and read something that I had written, and everyone clapped for me; the applause made me want to become a writer. I thought that since there was something that I could do that other people would like, then I should become a writer.

What special projects are you working on right now?

I’m working on a novel and I have about eight chapters done; I’m going to finish the rest of it while I’m on sabbatical. I’m also working on some short stories too; everything that I’m working on is fiction.

What advice would you give to CSU English majors?

Approach it with enthusiasm and have an open mind. Think about the wonders that you’ll learn, and the different cultures and people that you’ll read about. You’ll be able to express yourself in ways that other parts of your life may not allow you to.

Who inspires you?

Great writes of the past, and contemporary writers. Just reading work from anyone who is doing something new and different, and making me see something in a different way than before.

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