Category Archives: Affiliated Groups

FMU’s Writing Center Opens for Tutorials on Jan. 14

Conveniently located in Founders Hall, the FMU Writing Center offers free, one-to-one writing help. FMU students can receive assistance during any stage of the writing process–from brainstorming, to crafting thesis statements, to revising, to understanding citation and grammar rules.

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HOURS OF OPERATION

The Writing Center (FH 114C) will open for Spring 2014 tutorials on Tuesday, January 14. Their hours of operation are Monday through Thursday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and Friday 9:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.  They also offer online tutorials on weekday and Sunday evenings. For drop-in assistance (no appointment needed), a Writing Center Consultant will be available in the Tutoring Center (LSF L107) Monday through Thursday evenings from 5:00-8:00 p.m. 

The Writing Center launched an online scheduling system last fall: Students can schedule a face-to-face or online appointments through the Writing Center’s website: http://www.fmarion.edu/academics/wcenter. Students will need to register on the site the first time they book an appointment. Faculty will receive notification via email about students’ completed tutorials for projects in their classes.

WORKSHOPS AND WORKOUTS

Workshops and workouts are interactive group sessions. In workshops, students address common writing situations, such as avoiding plagiarism. No reservation is required. All workshops are held in Lowrimore Auditorium (CEMC 114).

Workouts are small-group interactive sessions that combine the fun of a game show with the rigor of a boot camp to help students strengthen their writing skills. No reservation is required, though participation is limited to fifteen attendees. Each workshop will meet in FH 114B.

The first Writing Center workshop of the semester will be “Avoiding Plagiarism” on Thursday, January 16, at 2:30 p.m. in CEMC 114. The full workshop/workout schedule is  available online. The Writing Center will email professors notification forms to inform them of students’ attendance at these events. 

TOURS

Dr. Kunka, Director of the Writing Center, and Dr. Reynolds, Assistant Director of the Writing Center, invite faculty to bring their classes to Founders Hall for a tour of the Center. During the tour, they will offer a brief introduction of their services (10 to 15 minutes). Faculty who are interested in this orientation activity can contact Dr. Kunka by email at j k u n k a [at] f m a r i o n [dot] e d u to make arrangements. Tours will be conducted from January 13-27.

Snow Island Review Announces Meeting, Issues Call for Submissions

Once again, FMU’s Snow Island Review is now accepting student submissions of original writing, including short fiction, plays, creative non-fiction, poetry, and songs. Submissions of original artwork, like photographs, sculpture, drawing, and mixed-media pieces, also are being accepted for publication consideration.

The Snow Island Review is FMU’s own literary and arts journal and is published annually in both bound and electronic forms. Previous issues of the journal can be accessed by visiting the Snow Island Review‘s official website.

Students interested in serving on the staff of the Snow Island Review should attend the interest meeting on January 17. The meeting takes place in FH 114B (next to the Writing Center) and will begin at 3pm. See the flyer below for more information.

The deadline for submitting creative works for submission consideration is March 3. Pieces must be no longer than 8,000 words. For additional information regarding submission requirements, please consult the full guidelines below.

 

The Pee Dee Fiction and Poetry Festival Begins November 7

Professor Rebecca Flannagan and the Pee Dee Fiction and Poetry Festival Committee are pleased to announce this year’s line-up. 

Mark your calendars for the ninth-annual Pee Dee Fiction and Poetry Festival which will be held in Lowrimore Auditorium on November 7 and 8, 2013.

Copyright of the Pee Dee Fiction and Poetry Festival. Used with permission.

Events will begin each morning and continue throughout the day, culminating in readings by our five writers on the evenings of the 7th and 8th, respectively. A reception at The Cottage on FMU’s campus will follow the last evening reading each night.

This year, our writers will include fiction writers Dolen Perkins-Valdez (author of FMU’s Composition program’s common text, Wench) and Tom Franklin, author of the Edgar Award-nominated novel, Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter. Poets include Evie Shockley and Allison Joseph. Both Joseph and Shockley have had experience as poets and editors. In addition, young adult writer and poet, Jane Yolen will be featured in two Friday afternoon sessions.

We will also have a mid-morning reading on Friday from students writers featured in our own literary magazine, Snow Island Review.

Please encourage students, community members, and friends to attend. If you would like to know more about our readers and have access to our entire schedule, please check out our website. To access updates, photographs, and to interact with other festival attendees,  “like” us on Facebook and follow @PDFPF on Twitter.

 

“Foreplays” Playwriting Contest Held in Conjuction with V-Week

FMU students are encouraged to submit an original, 5-12 minute play about topics pertaining to student sexual health, such as STDs, HIV/AIDS, date rape, promiscuity, unplanned pregnancy, virginity, fetishism, gender-identity, and sexual self-image.

“No topic is taboo,” say this year’s contest organizers Dr. Tuttle and Ms. Ivins, but the play should “cast[] a true or useful light on a touchy subject pertaining to student sexual health and respect.”

CC-licensed photo by flickr user sniggie

Like last year’s Foreplays, this year’s winning plays will be produced on campus in March during FMU’s annual V-Week. V-Week events include, among other activities, staged readings of Eve Ensler’s Vagina Monologues and a “Take Back the Night” gathering. V-Week endeavors to make students more aware of domestic violence and sexual assault, give victims of these crimes a voice, and raise money for local organizations that are devoted to such causes.

Plays must be submitted by November 22, or the Friday before Thanksgiving Break. More information, including length and formatting requirements, can be found below.

Student playwrights retain copyright ownership of any plays submitted or performed and are encouraged to submit their plays elsewhere for production or publication, including FMU’s literary and arts journal, Snow Island Review. Plays will not be changed without permission of the playwright. Plays selected may remain part of the Foreplays Repertory and could be produced in subsequent years.