Sarah Hollowell: Dive In, Never Look Back

I’ve always wanted to be a writer.

Plenty of writers say that. This doesn’t make me special. It’s just true. I’ve been writing stories for so long that I don’t remember when I started. Through elementary school, middle school, and high school, all I wanted was to be a writer.

When the time came to think about college, it seemed natural that I would study creative writing. I was lucky enough to have 11659237_10155730980445697_5123113772051365753_nparents that supported me in that decision. I’ve heard plenty of stories from fellow English majors whose parents watched them go into the program with disapproval, or from students who wanted to major in English but knew their parents would never agree to it. I didn’t have that problem. I just wanted to study writing. And yet, when I started my freshman year, I registered as a religious studies major. Then history. Then anthropology. It took me two years to get around to English. (more…)

New Faculty Profile: Kathryn Gardiner

Kathryn Gardiner graduated from Ball State’s Telecommunications program in 2001, and went on to earn her MFA in Screenwriting and Film Studies from Hollins University in Virginia in 2007. This year, she’s teaching three sections of ENG 310 and one section of ENG 410, our Screenwriting and Advanced Screenwriting classes. 

How would you describe yourself as a teacher?

Enthusiastic. I love screenwriting, movies, and storytellingand I want my students to love them too.

When are your office hours?

Monday, Wednesday, and Friday between classes and until 5 p.m., or by appointment. Always glad to come in to meet with a student. (more…)

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Fall Semester is coming up, and we think some of you should drop all of your classes.

By now you should be familiar with all the fantastic work that has come from the Virginia Ball Center. Projects like the Infinite Museum and The Freedom Bus have sparked interest from all kinds of majors, and this fall’s immersive learning opportunity is no different.

Professor Audra Sokol from the Theatre and Dance Department has reached out to BSU English and asked for those English majors who are passionate about both spoken word poetry and the damaging objectification that comes with our culture’s ideal body image. While this project will continue on into the spring semester, it only requires that you dedicate your full schedule for this fall.

In case you don’t know how VBC semesters work: you take this one class, and then appeal to different departments to have the experience “count” for various courses.

We know you’ve already got your fall schedule set. But do not ignore this opportunity! Participating in this project won’t set you back.

Assistant Chairperson Cathy Day says that you can apply this experience for up to two English courses. If you’re curious about this and would like to meet to further discuss this opportunity, schedule an appointment with her through Katie Atkinson at 765-285-8583.

For more information on this immersive learning project, check out the abstract.