Wellspring Literary Series: Established and run primarily by Professor Robert Fanning, this monthly event (2nd Monday of the month at 7 PM) brings regional writers of varying degrees of establishment to present their work alongside local musicians and CMU students and faculty. Wellspring readings are free to attend, located at Art Reach of Mid-Michigan, and usually feature refreshments provided by Max and Emily's restaurant. These events are not only fun, they also serve as ways to interact with faculty outside the classroom and can be a great way to develop one's own writing skills through experiencing the work of others. You can check out their line-up and other exciting opportunities on their website.
The Poets' Collective & The Fiction Collective: These Registered Student Organizations (RSOs) focus on workshopping, reading, and discussing works in their respective genres. Particular activities include writing to prompts, workshops with both verbal and written feedback, open mic performances, discussions of publication opportunities, etc. The Poets' Collective is loosely affiliated with Wordhammer, another RSO with a focus on slam poetry, and they sometimes organize joint performances. While neither of these groups have a specific meeting times, they are accessible on Facebook under the open-group named “CMU Fiction Collective.”
Meijer Visiting Writers Series: This program brings well-established writers from across the country to read their work and answer students' questions. These events are important networking and skills-building environments for not only Creative Writing students, but other students interested in the work of established authors. To see the list of authors visiting this year as well as the calendar of events, visit CMU's Events and Readings page.
Coordinator of Graduate Studies for TESOL: Much like the Coordinator of Graduate Studies for the other specializations, the Coordinator of Graduate Studies for TESOL works specifically with the TESOL students in the organization and execution of TESOL degrees. This year, the TESOL coordinator is Dr. Cathy Hicks Kennard. She will be able to address degree-specific questions and serve as an academic advisor. She also coordinates with Dr. McDermott about other graduate studies issues as they arise.
The English Language Institute (ELI): The ELI primarily serves students who are learning English as a second language, helping them develop the language and writing skills they'll need in order to be successful at CMU. They also aid students in adjusting to life in the United States and/or college and offer programs for conversation partners. As TESOL Master's students, you'll be required to do your teaching practicum through the ELI. It can also serve as a vital resource for professional development even before you get to your practicum, as the ELI often needs volunteers for various classes and programs and any help you can offer can go in your CV.
Holly Lewis is in the second year of master’s work in children’s literature. Her interests and research focus surrounds the depiction of gender and sexuality in YA literature. When not teaching ENG 101 or doing schoolwork, Holly can be found binge watching Criminal Minds, writing picture books, or playing with her daughter, Zoey.
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