Digital America

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Jul 162013

We believe that Millennials have a unique perspective on the role of digitization in our culture and around the world. We also believe that some student work deserves a second life beyond the classroom. Digital America is a new journal project that seeks to bring these two beliefs together. Housed in the American Studies Program at the University of Richmond, our journal will publish cutting edge student work on digital culture and American life.

Additional journals where you might suggest your undergrads send their writing can be found on my Delicious page.

Vela Magazine

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Mar 302013

Vela Magazine, publishing “Creative nonfiction inspired by travel, written by women,” may be of interest to FYWPers both to share with our students and — for some — to submit their own writing.

Here’s a bit of Molly Beer’s essay “On Packing”:

I’m an American girl and I have, or have available to me, a lot of stuff. In America, this stuff seems essential or at least worthy of having: shoes for this and shoes for that; winter clothes and dress-up clothes and get-dirty clothes; books I’ve read but keep, books I would like to think I’ll read, books that look nice on the shelf; tools for gardening, cooking, preening, seeing, hearing, being, and so on and on. Much of what I own is nostalgic: I have boxes of mementos—the dried rose given to me by a boy who died, my grandmother’s pearl ring, a ratty stuffed lamb whose eyes and wool have been rubbed away by my childhood affection. Travel forces me to slough away the superfluity of possessions. Travel lightens and enlightens. This act of choosing what to take with me is the initial stripping down, the first rinse, yet I brace against it, clutch closed the throat of my robe, test the temperature with a toe, count to three, and then retreat and cower.

New student journal at Northeastern University

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May 022012

NU Writing is an online journal that publishes compositions made in First-Year Writing and Advanced Writing in the Disciplines, courses that are part of Northeastern University’s Writing Program. NU Writing helps students to find a wider audience for their compositions and to experience publishing, both by learning about the submission and review process and by participating on the journal’s board. Compositions published in NU Writing are alphabetic and multimodal—written in verse or prose, or composed in multiple modalities, such as image and sound. NU Writing welcomes traditional essays as well as texts from alternate genres: for example, poems, photo-essays, digital narratives, and films. All currently matriculated students who have taken, or are taking, courses in the Writing Program are encouraged to participate, by submitting a composition or serving on the journal’s board or both. Explore, take part, and enjoy!
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Students submitting work

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Oct 212011

Almost every semester, I come across some gems. Some are more polished than others, but each is unique, brilliant, and something others might find valuable.

When I find such a piece of writing from a student in my magazine or creative nonfiction class, I encourage the writer to send the piece to a magazine, newspaper, or literary journal. Sometimes they get published, sometimes they don’t, but the experience is always educational.
@ Berkeley Beacon

This piece from one of our Emerson colleagues about students submitting their writing could be worth sharing, particularly in WR121, because several FYWP (myself included) have encouraged students to send out projects from that class to be considered for publication. Personally, I’m not a fan of requiring students to submit, for reasons mentioned in this article but also because as a reader of a slushpile it can be overwhelming and a little frustrating. But I do think it’s worth encouraging a student when their work really is ready to go out.

On a related note, here’s a list of journals focusing on undergraduate writing.

CFP: Writing Spaces Vol. 4

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May 182011

Writing Spaces: Readings on Writing is an open textbook series for composition seeking proposals for essays for our 4th volume.

This is a great opportunity to submit papers on teaching and craft, and the work we do in our FYWP classrooms. Follow the link for a list of requested topics, and for the full guidelines; deadline is September 1, 2011.

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