Thursday, November 6, 2014

A Look at Publishing

In an effort to gather together English majors who have declared the new creative writing and publishing emphasis, and to inform them of their exciting career opportunities, Drs. Bill Church and Marianne Kunkel kicked off a CWP career series on Wednesday, Oct. 22.
Once a semester, a professional from the creative writing and/or publishing industry will meet with interested students to discuss real-world job opportunities. This semester, we were excited to host Tharran and Barb Gaines, a husband-and-wife team who write and edit for a variety of trade magazines. They've become so successful, they're able to hire out their services through their own company, Gaines Communications. 
About ten students attended the hour-long event, which consisted of presentations by Tharran, then Barb, then a lively Q&A session. Their valuable advice to students included taking advantage of course offerings at MWSU, never burning bridges with coworkers, and getting early experience through internships and writing/editing content that may not directly relate to one's interests.

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