Friday, September 22, 2017

APBP Archives Project Kicks Off

Today marks the beginning a multi-year effort by the Appalachian Prison Book Project to digitize the thousands of letters they've received over the years. Volunteers have been working hard all day to sort letters from men and women imprisoned in six states in the Appalachia region. Organizers estimate they've received over 20,000 letters!

If you'd like to get involved, APBP offers volunteer training every Saturday between 10:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. Learn more at

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Look at our snazzy new space!

Thanks to Cindy Ulrich, our resident interior designer, we now have a lovely new waiting area for students visiting our advising office. Isn't it sweet? And even if you don't have an advising appointment with Nancy Caronia or Doug Phillips, our pretty famous advisors, but just need a little sit-down, you could probably hang out there until someone notices and scoots you along!

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

A Bit of Housekeeping

We're just doing a bit of housekeeping here on the blog to get it ready for Fall. I've started by updating our list of authors since many of the students have now graduated and moved on to other schools (either as professors or as doctoral students). Some of the faculty have moved on to other schools too since the blog began in 1984, which is a thing that happens in academia, apparently.

If I removed you and you want to be re-added so that you can send us tidings from the larger world, just let me know in the comments.

Next up: an update of our Favorite Blogs section. 

Monday, August 21, 2017

Fun at the Eclipse

Wow. Not sure I've ever seen this many people seeking discoveries on the steps of Colson Hall. But that's what an eclipse will do for you, I guess. We didn't get total darkness or anything (darn), but it was kinda fun.

(photo credit on that first pic: Gwen Bergner)

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Who do we have here?

Why, it's Professor John Lamb looking, well, very professorial! Who else would read King Lear in the sun?

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Dispatches from the 2017 West Virginia Writers' Workshop

Happy Summer, everyone! We just enjoyed four marvelous days of reading and writing here in Morgantown, as part of the 2017 West Virginia Writers' Workshop! Here's a rundown of our speakers from the poster:

The poet laureate of West Virginia, Marc Harshman spoke on our first day, to a full house in the Gold Ballroom of the Mountainlair.

Here is Marc with some of our High School Workshoppers! 
Geffrey Davis and Courtney Brkic ran craft talks and workshops on poetry and fiction, while David Hassler and Ann Claycomb gave incredible readings and shared their writerly insights with all of us all weekend long.
David Hassler

Courtney Brkic

Ann Claycomb

Publishing Panel, featuring our High School Workshop Leader, Natalie Sypolt, and Geffrey Davis!

Thanks to the Assistant Director Renee Nicholson's Narrative Medicine Workshop, we also heard presentations from Dr. Lorence Gutterman, Aimee Mepham, and Erich Grant. Renee's Workshop also had presentations from Dr. Carl Grey, and the Office of Accessibility Services as they discussed Renee, Carl, and Whit Arnold's work in the infusion clinic of the WVU Medicine Mary Babb Randolph Cancer Center.
Dr. Lorence Gutterman

Ready to start Friday morning!

Some of the Dream Team
Sunday morning offered the (fan favorite) Publishing Panel, and we closed the Workshop with a Memorial for Dr. Jamie Shumway, who passed away in October of 2014 from ALS.  Renee had worked with Jamie to complete his forthcoming memoir Off Belay, so Jamie's wife Betsy and Renee offered a tribute to him, and his work during this breakfast celebration.

Betsy, reading from Off Belay

Renee offering her memories of Jamie as well
The Writers Workshop would like to thank the WVU Eberly College of Arts and Sciences, the Department of English Faculty and Staff, and all of the Workshop Faculty, Writers, and Participants.  You can relive the magic on our Facebook page, our Instagram account, our Twitter handle, and with the Periscope Live App, so check us out all over social media!

 Thanks for coming everyone, and safe travels as you return home!


Friday, April 14, 2017

Spring 17 PWE Capstone Poster Winners Announced!

Yesterday, the Professional Writing and Editing (PWE) program hosted the biannual PWE Poster Exhibit, where PWE capstone students showcase their writing and editing internship work for the university community.

Judges' and attendees' votes have been tallied, and the winners of the top poster awards are:

First Place: Jordan Miller, WVU Office of the Provost

Second Place:  Kayla Birnie, Eberly College Office of Undergraduate Studies

Third Place:  Olivia Wheeler, Literacy Volunteers of Monongalia & Preston Counties

Congratulations to all of the interns on their accomplishments this term, including:
Thank you to everyone who supported these talented English majors by attending the poster exhibit and voting for their favorite posters. A special thanks to the events' three judges, as well: Cheryl Ball, John Jones, and Sarah Morris.