March 7: Meet and Greet

Finding Your Audience

In this session, journalist and Assistant Professor in Communication Keith Zukas will speak about his professional work and the difficult task of tailoring style to audience. Grab a slice of free pizza and enjoy the discussion.

Join us at the Writing Lab, 202 Wright Street, from 2:30 to 4 pm.


Streamlines Undergraduate Conference

Clarke University in Dubuque, Iowa, will host Streamlines on Saturday, November 15, 2014. Streamlines is an opportunity for undergraduate students at colleges and universities to share scholarship and creativity. The conference is open to all interested college students and faculty.

Students are encouraged to participate via a paper proposal, panel presentation proposal, or creative writing proposal. As writing something new is not required, reworking “old assignments” is perfectly acceptable. The deadline for proposals is October 22. Visit the Streamlines site here for more information.

Carroll Scholarly Writing Awards

Each year, Carroll confers undergraduate scholarly writing awards that carry a monetary honorarium. The papers, in the following four categories, are judged anonymously. For submission, follow the guidelines listed below. Papers must have been submitted by students to Carroll University courses between January 2013 to the present. Submissions are limited to two papers (total) per student. Submission deadline is Friday, February 28, 2014.


-Writing Seminar Award: For the best paper written in English 170
-Writing Award the Sciences: For the best scholarly paper in the Sciences
-Writing Award in the Arts/Humanities: For the best scholarly paper in the Arts/Humanities
-Capstone Award: For the best capstone in any discipline (Capstone papers may only be submitted in this category; they may not be submitted in the Arts/Humanities or Science Award categories.)

Submission Guidelines

1. Prepare two copies of your paper, with title, but without name or course identified.
2. Prepare an information sheet that includes your name, paper title, course, professor, and award category. Seal the information in a letter envelope.
3. Place two clean copies of the paper and sealed information sheet in a large manila envelope, marked Carroll University Writing Awards, and designate the category appropriate to your paper.
4. Send through campus mail, U.S. post, or deliver your submission to MacAllister 302 (Attn. Keenan).
5. You may revise your paper before submitting it.
6. Deadline for submission is Friday, February 28, 2014.  Papers will not be returned.
7. Students are limited to two paper submissions (total).

If you have any questions, please direct them to Professor Keenan (

Kickstart your summer writing plan

It may be February, but let’s think ahead. Do you want to expand your writing expertise? Explore some of the options below.

Writing Conferences

These options include a tuition fee. Scholarships are usually available.  

Writing Festivals

Festivals are relaxed, often offered locally, and come with a low price tag.

Workshops and Retreats

Workshop sessions are small and focused. Retreats might be more appropriate for upperclassmen or recent grads.

Meet Taylor Belmer: Student Blogger

Hello everyone! My name is Taylor Belmer.

I secured a highly selective, paid internship position with a major retailer for summer 2014. I will be working in the e-Commerce division for a major retailer as the Web Writing Intern.

The process for finding an internship does not happen overnight. For me, this process took about three months from my initial contact to the day they hired me.

My parents helped guide me to this internship opportunity. When you have a resource to help you out, use it! Though I had help with initial contact, the rest was done on my part. I maintained contact with a rep overseeing my division almost daily to make sure I was always up to speed. The goal is to keep your name fresh in their brains. I did not limit myself to only apply at this major retailer. Like anything else, a back-up plan never hurts.

When I was accepted for interviewing, I studied the website and offered brands. That gathered information, skills from previous jobs, and talking to people who currently work at the major retailer all contributed to interview success. Two phone interviews happened before I was invited to have a face-to-face interview. I then met with four current writers and executives in the e-Commerce division.

As a Web Writing Intern, I get the opportunity to assist the merchandise writing team in coordinating and developing content for a variety of online message vehicles. Some of my responsibilities will include:

• Manage relationships with the buying groups
• Oversee the sample turn-in process for each catalog
• Complete competitive and vendor research
• Develop copy concepts and write copy

I highly suggest having some internship experience. Go out there and find what is right for you. Happy internship hunting!