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Conference Opportunity for FMU English Majors

Calling All English Majors!

Apply for a full-funded trip to the Dickens Universe Conference at the University of California, Santa Cruz from August 2-9, 2014. 

Email letters of interest to Dr. England by April 24th! More information on the application process and the Dickens Universe can be found below and on this flyer.


The Dickens Universe

The Dickens Universe is a unique week-long conference that focuses on one work by the Victorian writer Charles Dickens each year. This format allows its participants to fully prepare for an in-depth, scholarly experience that will include lectures by outstanding professionals in the field, discussions groups, and even Victorian-themed activities (yes, there will be lots of tea and even a ball).

For FMU English majors interested in increasing their knowledge of English Studies and who have experience reading nineteenth-century literature, this is an incomparable opportunity to learn from leading scholars while also experiencing the Pacific Ocean views, redwood forests, and California culture of Santa Cruz.

For more information, visit the Dickens Universe website or watch “The Dickens Project Mini Documentary” on YouTube.

Dr. England, Trip Coordinator

Dr. England (a three-time veteran of the Universe) will be accompanying selected students and preparing them for this year’s conference on Our Mutual Friend through reading and writing activities.

Application Process

To apply, send a short email to c e n g l a n d [at] f m a r i o n [dot] e d u by April 24th. Your email should briefly describe your career goals and past experience with British nineteenth-century literature. Strong candidates will be asked for an interview. All majors (including graduating seniors) are strongly encouraged to apply. 

Apply today! The application deadline is April 24th.

Students Learn About Upcoming Courses During Biannual “Pastries With the Professors”


Every semester before registration, the English and Modern Languages faculty host “Pastries With the Professors.” The event offers English majors and minors and prospective majors and minors the opportunity to speak with their professors, look into future course offerings, and partake in delicious breakfast treats.

During this semester’s “Pastries With the Professors,” organized by Dr. Nancy Zaice and other faculty members, thirty-six students rubbed elbows with thirty-four faculty, chowed down on an assortment of doughnuts, doughnut holes, and pastries, and sipped on coffee, juice, milk, or chocolate milk.

As you can tell from the pictures, everyone had a great time. Hope to see you there next semester!




–Post and photographs courtesy of English Department Instructor Ms. Margaret McGill Floyd

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.

Snow Island Review Now Accepting Student Submissions

Do you like to write? Maybe you fancy yourself as a artist of a different sort, one who wields a paintbrush or DSLR lens? The 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 submitting work for publication consideration must do so by October 15. Pieces must be no longer than 8,000 words. For additional information regarding submission requirements, please consult the full guidelines below.