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Book Release Event in Muncie

Contributed by: Darolyn "Lyn" Jones
Published: Friday, 22 May 2015 9:00 AM
Stomping Ground edited by Dr. Darolyn “Lyn Jones and Lauryn Wiseman; Illustrated by Sydney Hellgeth
A stomping ground is a familiar territory, a hangout, a homage. And that’s exactly how we want you to feel when you read this collection of memoir essays and poems written collaboratively by Ball State University creative writing students and young writers in the Muncie, Indiana community. We want the words to ring true, to make you feel like you are at home.

Creative Writing in the Community (English 409) is an immersive learning course at Ball State University where creative writing students meet with young writers in the community to teach creative writing techniques and to write and create a collaborative text. These young community partners come from elementary schools throughout the greater Muncie community. This semester was unique because students also engaged in the book publishing process, creating a new press for the course, 409 Press.

Our essential and guiding element in creating this collection was that it is an honor to be trusted with someone’s story. And our role was to honor our young community writer’s voices so the rest of the world can hear the poignant, humorous, and brilliant wisdom that only young writers possess.
A discovery that was made during this project is that young writers haven’t learned to filter. They don’t yet know what society teaches us about not sharing or revealing too much about ourselves. You ask them a question, and they will answer it with brutal honestly. You ask them to create, and they will conjure worlds and images we can’t imagine. You ask them to tell you a story, and they will paint every sensory detail with their words.

The book’s theme is based around a beautiful metaphor designed by a student in the course, Niki Wilkes, where she compares writing to grabbing a shovel, breaking ground, digging a hole, and discovering treasure. I can’t wait for you to read more about how our writers learned to break ground, dig deep, and find the treasure in their own stories.
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Retirement Reception for Linda Putman

Contributed by: Cathy Cunningham
Published: Monday, 18 May 2015 12:00 PM
Join us for Linda Putman's retirement reception. Learn more.

Online Teaching Certificate

Contributed by: Cathy Cunningham
Published: Wednesday, 01 April 2015 1:00 PM
Online Teaching Certificate Learn more.

Blackboard Certificate Course 2015

Contributed by: Cathy Cunningham
Published: Wednesday, 01 April 2015 11:00 AM
Blackboard Certificate Course 2015
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Advanced Placement Summer Institute registration now open

Contributed by: Raychelle Wilson
Published: Sunday, 08 February 2015 10:00 AM
Registration is now open for The Indiana Academy 2015 Advanced Placement Summer Institute, which will be held July 13-16 & 20-23. Nineteen sessions will be held in a variety of disciplines. For more information, visit www.bsu.edu/academy/summer or contact Raychelle Wilson at rawilson2@bsu.edu. This APSI is endorsed by the College Board. Learn more.

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