EIJ 2015

As the new advisor to the student chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) at Ashford, I had a wonderful opportunity to attend the Excellence in Journalism conference in Orlando, Florida this week.  During the SPJ advisors’ meeting, I was so impressed by the dedication and commitment demonstrated by faculty across the nation to their students and to the missions of their campus chapters.  Working with these young journalists and guiding them through the opportunities and responsibilities in their field is such an important task and one I am eager to embrace.  So eager, in fact, that I’ve already made plans to bring our campus chapter leaders to Minneapolis in February to attend the Scripps Leadership Conference!EIJ 2015

The rest of the conference was pretty great too.  I learned how to falsify a Twitter account, how to record and broadcast live from my phone, and how Lesley Stahl once found herself embroiled in a top-secret conspiracy.  But perhaps the most exciting part of the event was when I asked a sports reporter from ESPN who he thought was going to win the Ole Miss/Bama game and he predicted the Rebels (he turned out to be absolutely correct, by the way)!

Oxford Conference for the Book: Call for Submissions

If you’re planning to attend the Oxford Conference for the Book later this month, this call may be of interest. Here are the details:

Poets interested in participating in the Community Poetry Workshop led by poet Richard Tillinghast should send 3 to 5 poems for consideration to joshua.davis28@gmail.com

In the subject line, please type: OCB Poetry Workshop. The workshop is open to all ages and the deadline for submissions is March 12, 2011.  The workshop will be held at the Overby Center on the Ole Miss campus, room 206, on Saturday, March 26th at 9 a.m.

Please direct all questions to joshua.davis28@gmail.com

AWP Wrap Up

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Sorry for the delay in getting this final AWP post out. Here’s the wrap up:

My AWP experience was cut a bit short for reasons not the least bit interesting. Still, I was able to spend some quality time in the book room (see pics above) and attend a few good panels on Friday. Saturday, I’m sad to say, didn’t happen for me, but I look forward to reading other blog posts about it and catching up. Brevity is blogging about the conference as well.

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Playing for Keeps: Intensity and Creativity in the Lyric Essay

Reporting from the 2011 AWP conference in Washington, D.C., I’ll be posting notes and tidbits from panels on writing, editing and publishing; news from the book room; and the thoughts that hit me late in the night.

Tonight’s post comes from the Playing for Keeps: Intensity and Creativity in the Lyric Essay panel. Here’s the description:

The lyric essay gives writers the license to experiment–to play with language in fresh and surprising ways–but if this playfulness lacks intensity the lyric essay can become a game, or worse, an idle exercise. What do writers do to animate the form so that it not only enjoys the freedom to explore but achieves the level of passion and intelligence we expect from all great writing? A panel of writers will consider the question and offer concrete suggestions.

Rebecca McClanahan started us off with her 13 Ways of Looking at Lyric Essay in 15 Minutes. Here they are in bold with my own notes following:

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AWP, A Day in the Conference (Thursday)

For those of you who have never experienced the awesomeness that is the Association of Writers and Writing Programs (AWP) conference, below is how I’ve tentatively planned my first full day at the conference. I haven’t concocted this plan because I’m obsessive/compulsive or an extremely rigid and planned individual. I’ve done it out of sheer necessity. You see, going to AWP without some sort of plan already in place is like deciding to go to the Smithsonian without a some sort of plan. You get there and realize that, whoa! This thing is a hell of a lot bigger than I thought! And then you spend the day wandering around, unfocused, seeing – granted – some really cool shit, but what you don’t realize until after you get home and look through the information you had on hand before you left is that the Smithsonian has dinosaurs. Continue reading