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Careers in Writing

Posted on Nov 19, 2013

The buzz of interesting conversation emanated from the Multicultural Center when 10 professional writers from the Twin Ports met with UWS students at Careers in Writing Night, an event co-hosted by the Writing Program and Career Services.

The evening afforded students the chance to sit down casually with professional writers to learn about facets of professional writing such as graduate study, self-employment, day jobs, writing groups, agents, and other "real world" elements of the job.

Taylor Burm, sophomore, offered her impression: "Careers in Writing was an amazing way for me to connect with people who are just as passionate about writing as I am. The professional writers gave me great insight on how to become a successful writer."

The 10 writers represented a variety of fields and genres, and they included 3 UWS alumni: Dr. Jo Mackiewicz, Professor of Scientific and Technical Communication at Auburn University, Paul Lundgren of PerfectDuluthDay, and Maria Lockwood of the Superior Telegram. Other writers included local freelancer Jennifer Derrick; Lucie Amundsen, public relations coordinator at Glensheen Mansion; local novelist Jen Wright, and Chelsea Tweed, a technical writer at Cirrus Aircraft. Additionally, 3 UWS writing instructors also spoke with students: Yvonne Rutford, Tina Higgins, and Dr. Jayson Iwen.

Of the chance to speak extracurricularly with students, Iwen said: "I thought it was fun, and probably quite useful, to discuss aspects of writing that don't generally get discussed in classes, such as potential career paths, the business and legal aspects of publishing, and the writing life off the page."

This was the second Careers in Writing Night, the first being held in April 2012. The event was funded in part by a grant from the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning. It will planned again for students of all majors in Spring 2015.

News Contact: Jasmine LaBerge | jbaumga4@uwusper.edu
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