Swimming to Cambodia

I will be screening Swimming to Cambodia in my class on campus this evening (Higgins Annex 202B) on a big screen. All MFA students and faculty are welcome to join us!

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Paid Internships in NYC at TPM

I can think of several MFA students who would be great for this… Thanks to Sarah Littman for sharing!

As TPM’s Features Intern, you’ll help build this new section from the ground up. You’ll be voraciously reading and pointing the editor to trends, thought-provoking concepts and underreported topics. You’ll also be brainstorming story ideas and discovering writers, as well as providing some administrative support (sorry). You will also assist with expanding TPMCafe, our op-ed section. And there will be opportunities to write.

You should have:

  • Good taste in the Internet; knowledge and awareness of online subcultures as well as the tenor of the mainstream conversation
  • A wide range of interests; your daily reading list will consist of pieces about anything from Taylor Swift and sexting to Obamacare and police brutality
  • Attention to detail; ability to catch typos, tweak html, etc.
  • Great organizational skills
  • A robust presence on social media
  • Bonus points for Photoshop skills and general knack for photos/art

Please submit a resume, brief cover letter, any relevant websites or social media accounts, 2-3 clips, and links to 3 recent articles that would have been perfect for The Slice (with a few sentences about why for each) to talk@talkingpointsmemo.com. Use the subject line “Job App: Features Intern.”

This is a paid, 12-week internship in Talking Points Memo’s New York office, to start ASAP. The intern must have availability 25-30 hours a week. TPM’s interns go on to places like The New Republic, The Wall Street Journal, Huffington Post, The New Yorker and The Washington Post. And usually a third to a half of our staff is made up of former fellows and interns.

Rising seniors, recent graduates and graduate students preferred. Qualified applicants can receive academic credit. Candidates with diverse backgrounds and perspectives strongly encouraged to apply.

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Why You Should Be Checking the AWP Job List

In the last two days, 45 writing jobs (not teaching jobs, writing jobs–a couple in CT, several allowing remote work, jobs for Nintendo, university publicity and marketing departments, hospitals, magazines, Law.com, newspapers, television stations, Nestle, and so on) have been posted there.

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Fall Assistantship Available

Unfortunately, Cara Petitti will be graduating this Spring (hooray, but, boo!), and the program will lose our priceless office assistant! I’ll leave it to Cara to report on what an excellent learning opportunity working in the office is (program communication, promotion, media outreach, etc. etc. etc.), but suffice it to say that it’s not only a learning experience but you get PAID! If you are interested in working in the office this summer and into next academic year, please let me or Cara know ASAP.

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Garth Stein to Appear on Campus

On Saturday, March 21st, at 6:30 p.m., Byrd’s Books will host New York Times bestselling author, Garth Stein, in the Ruth Haas Library at WCSU with a reading & presentation on his new novel, A Sudden Light, followed by a short question and answer period and book signing. For any additional information, please call the store at (203) 730-2973.

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A Fairly New Journal Looking for Submissions from Grad Students

Looks decent!


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Here is my annual pitch for those of you who are interested in teaching careers to attend some conferences. You need them on your c.v. to show potential employers that you are professionally active. Here’s a good one that would be an excellent chance for you to get a paper or panel accepted and get some conference experience under your belt: http://urigradconference.org/

And, of course, as always, I highly recommend attending AWP, even if you’re not presenting, and even if only to visit the book fair. It’s in Minneapolis this year, in April.

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