College of Communication & Creative Arts - Writing Arts
Community and Events
The MA program fosters community through small class size, campus readings and special events. Since spring 2006, we have invited writers to campus through the Harrah’s Emerging Writers series; recent visiting writers include Thaddeus Rutkowski, Mimi Schwartz, Sandra Dolby, Paul Lisiky, Victoria Redel, Sarah Kay and Maja Wilson. These writers, known for their ability to interact with students, gave readings of their work to the campus community and taught Master classes for our MA students.
In February 2012, Jody Shipka, PhD, visited us for a talk, brown-bag discussion, Master Class, and one-on-one student tutorials. In her talk, “In Movement: Re-thinking/Re-presenting Composing Processes,” Shipka illuminated the complex and often hidden processes composers use when creating a piece of work. By featuring numerous visual texts, Shipka made visible the cycles of activity that link the production, distribution, exchange, consumption, and valuation of texts. Ultimately, Shipka argued that the densely layered and highly distributed processes found within otherwise seemingly straightforward composing tasks have significant practical and theoretical implications for people who compose in digital and analog media.
Shipka is the author of Toward a Composition Made Whole (2011, University of Pittsburgh Press) and is the editor of Play! A Collection of Toy Camera Photographs (2011, Composing with Images Press). Her work has appeared in College Composition and Communication, Computers and Composition, Enculturation, Kairos, Text and Talk, and Writing Selves/Writing Societies and other edited collections.
In April 2011, we welcomed Ladette Randolph, author of the novel A Sandhills Ballad and the short story collection This is Not the Tropics. Currently editor-in-chief of Ploughshares, she has been the recipient of numerous awards including a Rona Jaffe grant, a Pushcart Prize, and a Virginia Faulkner award. Her work has appeared in many magazines including Best New American Voices.
In addition to attending readings and classes featuring our invited speakers, students have opportunities to read their own work during special events throughout the year and during our annual Graduate Symposium.
Faculty in the graduate program are writers, teacher-scholars, and active professionals with a strong commitment to graduate education and to helping students to develop into confident, successful writers.