Creative Writing at R-MWC
WORK WITH ACCOMPLISHED FACULTY
|CHOOSE COURSES IN CREATIVE WRITING
Introduction to Creative Writing
Intermediate Fiction Writing
Intermediate Poetry Writing
Advanced Creative Writing
Form and Theory of Poetry
Special Topics in Creative Writing
|BUILD A SOLID FOUNDATION
History of British Literature
18th-century British Literature
19th-century British Novel
20th-century American Literature
20th-century British & American Poetry
|Coordinator of Creative Writing, Jim Peterson (the one with the hat), discusses desktop publishing applications with an expert in the field.|
Ø Learn word-processing and desktop-publishing software.
Ø Take writing, layout, and design workshops using computer technology.
Ø Hone your research skills.
Ø Write for the campus yearbook, newspaper, and literary magazine.
|WRITE AND EDIT FOR ON-CAMPUS PUBLICATIONS
Sundial (campus newspaper)
Hail, Muse, Etc.! (literary magazine)
R-MWC Today (public relations newsletter)
Heavy Carbon Nation (alternative campus newspaper)
|PURSUE INTERNSHIP OPPORTUNITIES
Ø On Campus:
Ø Off Campus:
The News and Advance (newspaper)
|LEARN FROM VISITING WRITERS
The series brings eight to ten writers to the campus each year for public readings and workshops. R-MWC has a writer-in-residence each fall and spring. This position has been held by writers such as novelist George Cuomo, poet John Engels, Poet Cathryn Hankla, young adult writer Katie Lecher Lyle, poet Mary Ruefle, novelist Darcey Steinke, poet Debra Allbery, novelist Mathew Jones, poet Henry Taylor. Numerous well-known and emerging writers have come to campus for readings, including Reggie Young, Gerald Early, Claudia Andrews, Jeane Larsen, Gregory Orr, Richard Bausch, Sam Hamill, George Garrett, Richard Dillard, Charles Baxter, Richard Peabody, Paul Ruffin, Maxine Hong Kingston, David Huddle, Daniel Mark Epstein, Richard Wilbur, Ira Sadoff, Debra Nystrom, Barbara Ehrenreich, and Eudora Welty.
|PREPARE FOR THE JOB MARKET
Learned writing skills can be used in the fields of advertising, law, journalism, public relations, business, and technology. With further study, students who are so inclined may pursue writing careers in television and film.
|NETWORK WITH ALUMNAE
R-MWC has a long tradition of alumnae networking. The alumnae contact database gives you access to alumnae in the field from all over the country. At senior-alumnae seminars in various cities, alumnae arrange job contacts and interviews and advise you on your job search and transition from college to work.
Ø Mary Virginia Pounds Brown '38 is the author of several books including The Gold Disc Coosa which won the Alabama Library Association Fiction Award in 1975, and Cochula's Journey which won the Small Press Fiction Award for Young Adult Fiction in 1997.
Ø Rosa Shand '59, Professor of English at Converse College, is an acclaimed short story writer and winner of the Katherine Anne Porter Prize. Her stories have appeared in such magazines as Southern Review, Virginia Quarterly Review, and Shenandoah and have recently been featured in New Southern Harmonies: Four Emerging Fiction Writers.
Ø Elizabeth Colton '67 is Associate Professor of Mass Communications and Journalism at Shenandoah University. She has had a diverse and distinguished career in print and broadcast journalism, including positions as War Correspondent in the Gulf for Mutual Broadcasting/NBC Radio News and Arundel Newspapers; Diplomatic Correspondent for National Public Radio; Middle East Correspondent for ABC Radio News, Cairo; and television news producer-reporter and Radio Correspondent for ABC News and Satellite News Network covering Europe, the Middle East, Africa and West Asia.
Ø Anne Tucker '67, the Gus and Lyndall Wortham Curator of Photography at the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston, writes free-lance articles on art, and has received two fellowships from the National Endowment of the Arts and a Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship. She founded the museum's photography department in 1975 and has curated more than two dozen exhibitions. She is a 1993 Alumnae Achievement Award recipient.
Ø Candy Crowley '70 is a reporter for CNN.
Ø Brenda Wilson '72 is a senior correspondent and the science editor for National Public Radio.
Ø Pamela Stallsmith '85 was education reporter for Lynchburg's News and Daily Advance. She is currently a reporter at the Richmond-Times Dispatch newspape covering Southeastern Virginia.
Ø Robin Davies Naylor '88 is Advertising Director for Golf For Women Magazine.
CONSIDER ADVANCED STUDY
An M.A., M.F.A., or Ph.D. in creative writing is an option, but is traditionally open to only the most talented students. R-MWC has students and alumnae going on to graduate school in writing each year.