DeSales will introduce DiScoUrse, a new, highly selective program for student writers, during the spring 2009 semester. The program will focus on works of new and well known established authors. Membership will be by-invitation only, with no more than 12 students participating in the program at one time.
"DiScoUrse is a program for DeSales writers and aspiring writers," says Juliene McKnight, assistant professor of humanities at DeSales and program coordinator. "It will provide students with intensive, one-on-one access to published authors and is based upon the best masters of fine arts programs."
The new writing program will feature four to six supper meetings a year that will serve as craft seminars on writing and publishing. Students will be responsible for completing assigned readings of a specific author prior to each session. The featured author will be present at the scheduled meeting and join the students in a discussion.
After each meeting, DiScoUrse members will be required to attend the "Wednesdays in the Commons" program on campus scheduled for that evening. The program will feature the guest author from their earlier meeting. Guest authors include Joyce Hinnefield, author of "In Hovering Flight," poet Dan Donaghy, and writer William Greenway.
As part of the program, students also will have the opportunity to take field trips to cultural and writing events, such as the Geraldine Dodge Poetry Festival and the Conference of the Greater Lehigh Valley Writers Group.
In addition, DiScoUrse will sponsor an annual writing contest on campus, open to program members and to the University at large. There will be four categories of submissions; excerpt from a novel, short story, poetry, and creative non-fiction essay. Book-related prizes will be awarded to winning entries, as well as an invitation to join DiScoUrse to a nonmember prizewinning student.
Only 12 students will take part in the program at all times. New members will be invited to join when space becomes available as students graduate or drop out of the program.
To be considered for membership in DiScoUrse, students must complete a form and submit a 5 to10 page sample of their writing. Sophomores, juniors, and seniors are eligible to apply to the program. Students will be involved in the program from the time they are accepted until they graduate. Those who plan to pursue graduate studies in English or writing will find membership in DiScoUrse beneficial.
For more information, contact Juliene McKnight, assistant professor of humanities at DeSales, at 610-282-1100 ext. 1661.
Press Release: DeSales to Offer Unique Program for Aspiring Writers | Posted on: 12/11/2008
For more info:
Tom McNamara, Executive Director of Communications
DeSales University | 2255 Station Avenue | Center Valley, PA 18034
610.282.1100 x1219 | Tom.McNamara@desales.edu