Thursday, October 21, 2010

"And can you get a job with that writing stuff you do?"

Show the skeptics that good writing skills make the world go 'round. Or at least can help your employment prospects. Consider doing an internship next semester for course credit!

If you're interested, come to an information meeting for English 380 (the internship course) on Tuesday, October 26, at 10:30 a.m. in the English Department Conference Room.

Students in English 380 work at a variety of placements, from magazines and newspapers to publishing houses, from non-profit organizations to public relations firms. Prof. Hettinga is the supervising prof.

Join us for a snack and find out what you need to do to get an internship.

Please note that students wishing to take English 380 must fill out an application before registering for the course.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Fall Writers Read Event: Your Chance to Shine

At last! The English Department has scheduled the first reading event of the year for Tuesday, November 2, at 3:30. Calvin Writers Read is our once-a-semester opportunity to perform your very own work for a sympathetic audience. Usually a few English professors read from their work, and then a gaggle of brave student writers read their own poems, stories, or essays.

This time, we will be reading and listening and applauding in the brand new art gallery. Hmmmm. What sort of creative writing would compliment the paintings of Bruegel? Well, never mind. We'll enjoy anything of yours that you would like to offer to an audience.

Sign up to read in the English Department. And even if you don't wish to read yourself, come hear others.
Oh yes, there will definitely be goodies.

Friday, October 15, 2010

New FAC Opens at Last: Writers Celebrate

Known from now on as the C FAC, for "Covenant Fine Arts Center," the new home of the English department opens this week after a long exile for English faculty and all our majors and minors.

A formal, public dedication ceremony for the entire CFAC will take place at 4:30 on Wednesday, October 20. But the English Department will hold its own celebratory lecture and reading the next day, Thursday, October 21, at 3:30, in the brand new recital hall.

Please join us, enjoy the moment, and imagine how many wonderful events we will host in this gorgeous new venue.

To inaugurate the recital hall, several Calvin writers will read from their work. Celebrating the work of Calvin writers past and present will be Prof. Lew Klatt, current student Andrew Steiner, 2010 graduate Laura Bardolph, and professor emeritus Tom Harper.

Then we'll hear from our featured speaker, Walter Wangerin, Jr., National Book Award winner and prolific writer of fiction, nonfiction, children's books, and more. Wangerin is a Lutheran pastor, professor, and former Festival of Faith and Writing speaker as well.

Following the event, we'll get to be among the first to spill cookie crumbs in the new lobby. In fact, people who come to the reception might be able to consume enough cookies to keep them going right into the next event, the opening of the new art gallery at 7 p.m.

Come celebrate the new home of current and future Calvin writers!

(By the way, the English Department is not actually moving into their new offices for several weeks yet. We'll have to celebrate that when the time comes...)

English 245 Students Write Up 2011 Interims

Prof. Hettinga's English 245 Basic Journalism class has created a resource meant to be useful to the Calvin community. Their "Interim News" blog offers expanded descriptions of interim offerings for 2011. After all, those little course descriptions don't tell us everything.

Check out the blog for short articles on both on-campus and off-campus offerings about evolution, revolution, adventure, and more.

Friday, October 1, 2010

Dialogue Accepting Submissions

Dialogue, our campus literary journal, is now accepting submissions for the next issue. Anyone in the Calvin community--students, faculty, staff--is welcome to submit material.

Dialogue usually has plenty of poetry and visual art to choose from, so how about turning in an essay, review, or commentary?

The current submissions window is open through October 6. Send submissions to Visual art that has not been scanned can be dropped off at the Dialogue office or SC 102.