Mentor Requests

Folks, please zap me your mentor requests by email as soon as possible. (First semester students will have assigned mentors.) Please be sure to include the name of the course for which you are requesting each mentor. If you are planning to enroll part-time, even if you don’t have mentor requests, please let me know how many and which courses you plan to take.

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Don’t Forget…

…to tweet a little poem between noon and 4:00 today to #wcsupoem

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Interested in Living in Chapel Hill?

The Sun is hiring.

http://thesunmagazine.org/about/announcements/2014/59

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Celebrate National Poetry Month with WCSU

Folks, my undergrad poetry workshop this semester cordially invites you to tweet your 140-or-fewer-character poems on Thursday (April 10) to #wcsupoem between noon and 4 pm. Digital screens across the two campuses will scroll all of the poems that come in during those four hours. Please send in a few! Here is the first one I’m going to send at noon sharp:

On the second Thursday of April, I think only of June, July, your pink skin, your garden.

It’s not good, but it’s something. Send something!

Also, if you happen to be on campus, there will be a collaborative poem under composition between noon and 4 pm in the Warner Hall Lobby. The poem will be published in The Echo, the student newspaper.

Finally, there will be an open mic/slam between 2 and 4 pm in the Warner Lobby. All students and faculty are invited to attend and/or read.

Hope to see you and/or your poemtweets!

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Enrichment Presentations

If any of you need to present your Enrichment project at the August residency, please let me know ASAP. I’m working on the res schedule now.

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Career Life After the MFA

If you’re starting to worry about the challenges you’ll face in the job market and how applicable your MFA really will be when you graduate from the program or have graduated, there’s some things to consider. Many of us came into the program wanting to hone our writing skills and with goals of becoming published authors in fiction or poetry or non-fiction, etc. But, the statistics of success can be daunting, and many of us worry we’ll have to sling coffee to make a paycheck while writing at night or when there’s free time, because well, getting paid to write can be a pipe dream sometimes, right?

Not exactly.

There are, surprisingly enough, a lot of job types that strongly rely on writing skills and that having an MFA in Creative and Professional Writing can be an asset on your resume. While some are not exactly as sexy as being a best-selling author, they are positions where you can use your writing skills and may end up being careers you never thought of but end up really liking.

Below are a few of those types:

Community Management- This is sort of a catchall type of position that often may handle social media management, blogging, and essentially making content and managing a “community” built around a company or brand. Sometimes this also means creating campaigns.

Social Media- What this type of position does is create content for social media platforms (Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Google+, etc), often create marketing campaigns tailored for social media, and managing these accounts. It’s like a constant lesson in the elevator pitch and learning to get engaging content out in short, concise wording.

Professional Blogger– This can often be more of the freelance of the marketing comm/content spectrum, but essentially it is means you’re paid to write blogs for a company and brand. Sites such as e-lance can be a way to build such experience on your resume.

Digital Media Management – This is sort of another catchall position that can encompass social media, web design, and some minor graphic design/video for YouTube work. Essentially, this is a position that creates and manages all digital media for a company. Having HTML5, CSS, Java and Photoshop/In Design skills are often essential for these positions.

Public Relations- If Marketing is about bringing customers in, Public Relations often words to get brand name/brand info out. Sometimes this role is merged with Marketing depending on the company’s need. Often this role will involve writing press releases, coordinating or even writing blog posts, dealing with press, etc.

Content Writer- Usually under Marketing, this could mean developing advertising copy, blog writing, and essentially writing whatever content a Marketing department may need.

Technical Writer- A technical writer is a professional writer who produces technical documentation for technical, business, and consumer audiences. So manuals, brochures, etc. fall under this umbrella.

Grant Writer- Essentially, you’re completing a form process and writing a proposal for an organization seeking funding via grants. Or, as Wiki puts it:

 Grant writing refers to the practice of completing an application process for funding provided by an institution such as a government department, corporation, foundation or trust. Such application processes are often referred to as either grant “proposals” or “submissions.” Successful grant writing requires a clear understanding of grantsmanship. While the principles and fundamentals of grantsmanship apply broadly, it is important to know the target and to be able to tune the language appropriately.

These are just a few of the types that do implement and rely on writing skills. If any of you know of other positions not touched on in this, please list in the comments! – LaurenG

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Poor Yorick Editorial Team

Hi Everyone,

Poor Yorick is looking for new staff members for this summer and Fall as many of the current members of the journal staff will be graduating. For me working on the journal has been a tremendously rewarding experience and I’ve learned an incredible amount about writing and the publishing world. It’s also paid dividends professionally. I recently was offered (and have accepted) a full time position at Connecticut Magazine. During my application process one of the things that they were most impressed with was my involvement with Poor Yorick and some of the ways in which we’ve been able to market this online journal to writers and future readers (side note: please follow me on twitter @erikofgang).
 
We’re going to hold our next meeting in late April (after thesis is due) at a date and time still to be determined. But we will definitely announce it here and I would encourage anyone interested in finding out more about the journal to attend. 
 
It really is an enriching and rewarding experience and I would strongly urge anyone interested in forging a successful career as a writer (regardless of genre) to take advantage of this opportunity to get real world experience and build your professional resume. 
 
Thanks 
Erik 
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