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U.S. News ranks WSU Writing Program in top 19 nationally

 By Emma Epperly, Undergraduate Education

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PULLMAN, Wash.The Writing Program at Washington State University has been ranked among the top 19 in the nation by U.S. News & World Report in its annual “Best Colleges” issue released on Sept. 12. » More …

Twelve WSU faculty win eight Smith Teaching and Learning grants

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PULLMAN, Wash. – Twelve WSU faculty on three campuses have received funding for projects that will enhance undergraduate learning, thanks to the Samuel H. and Patricia W. Smith Teaching and Learning Endowment. » More …

Nov. 9: Literary agent to discuss publishing industry

taryn-fagernessPULLMAN, Wash. – Literary agent and alumna Taryn Fagerness will share publishing industry insider tips at noon Wednesday, Nov. 9, in the Honors Hall Lounge as part of the free, public Department of English Visiting Writer Series at Washington State University. » More …

Sept. 28, 29: Film, exhibit, talks consider prisoner art

PULLMAN, Wash. – A film, lectures and art show Sept. 28-29 at Washington State University will explore how prison inmates experience healing and restoration through art, music and creative writing. » More …

WSU Visting Writers Series presents Sarah Vap

 

 

PULLMAN – The WSU Department of English Visiting Writers Series will present poet Sarah Vap reading from her recent work at 7:30 p.m., Dec. 3, in Kimbrough Music Building, Room 101.

 

Vap is the author of “Dummy Fire,” which won the 2006 Saturnalia Poetry Prize, and “American Spikenard,” which received the 2006 Iowa Poetry Prize. Her upcoming book, “Faulkner’s Rosary,” is scheduled for publication by Saturnalia Books in 2010. She is co-editor of poetry for the online journal “42 Opus” and lives with her husband and their two sons on the … » More …

Telling a joke? Better make it a good one!

PULLMAN – Offering up a joke – at least one of that isn’t politically incorrect or “off-color” – is rarely considered particularly risky socially. But a recent study at WSU suggests jokesters do risk receiving a surprising amount of derision from their audience – particularly when it’s made up of those they love most.
 
Begun in 2007, the WSU research on failed humor supports earlier findings suggesting a lot of face-saving goes on among all parties whenever a joke is told. But the new research also demonstrates that the failure to deliver on the promise of humor can lead to surprisingly harsh … » More …

Workshop addresses academic interactions

Many important aspects of academic development occur outside the classroom in the informal conversations, interactions, and mentoring that take place between faculty and students.

 

Discussions during office hours, email exchanges, and spontaneous hallway meetings may seem natural and welcome to native English speakers, contributing much to their learning and progress.

 

However, due to language barriers and cultural differences, non-native English speakers may be reluctant to engage faculty outside the classroom; when they do so, the results can be ambiguous for both instructor and student. What did each person understand?

 

This one hour workshop to learn ways to promote more fruitful (and more … » More …

Professor, author to read his work

PULLMAN – WSU’s Department of English continues its Visiting Writer Series with Peter Chilson, who will read at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 8 at the Museum of Art/WSU.

An informal conversation with the writer will also take place at noon on Nov. 8 in the Bundy Reading Room. Both events are free and open to the public.

The author’s new book, “Disturbance-Loving Species: A Novella and Stories,” won the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference Bakeless Fiction Prize. The stories in this book are about Americans in Africa struggling to cope with political and … » More …

WSU Writing Programs receives National Innovation Award

Washington State University’s Writing Programs has received a 2007 Award for Innovation from the Conference on Basic Writing, a national collegiate organization aimed at aiding educators to teach effective written communications. It is the latest accolade for Writing Programs, which has been among the top “Academic Programs to Watch For” in all six years of rankings by “U.S. News and World Report, America’s Best Colleges” edition, beginning in 2002. WSU received the innovation award for its English 102 course, a one-credit tutorial that employs skilled and specially trained student writers as peer tutors. The conference judges viewed the WSU English 102 program to have broad … » More …

Pulitzer Prize winner visits WSU

The WSU Department of English and the College of Liberal Arts will present Pulitzer-Prize winning author Robert Olen Butler on Wed., March 7, as part of the Spring 2007 Visiting Writer Series. The reading will be held at the Fine Arts Auditorium at 7:30 p.m and is free. Additional support is provided by the Museum of Art/WSU. Books will be available for purchase courtesy of BookPeople of Moscow, Idaho. For more information, contact Aimee Phan at (509) 335-7309 or aphan@wsu.edu. Robert Olen Butler has published ten novels—The Alleys of Eden, Sun Dogs, Countrymen of Bones, On Distant Ground, Wabash, The Deuce, They Whisper, The … » More …