Stars to Steer By is an event series hosted by the English Department to help Humanities majors find their way. The next event is November 29th in BL 104.
On October 26, we hosted our most recent Stars to Steer By event, “Personal Branding: Uncovering Your Authentic Self,” in BL 104. Monica Scalf, founder of The Playground Group, was the main speaker at the event.
BSU English would like to invite you to a talk given by Gary Younge. The event will take place on Thursday, Nov. 3 at 7:30 pm in 104 Bracken. Copies of Mr. Younge’s book will be available for purchase, and he will be holding a book signing at the event.
Gary Younge is a British journalist and an editor-at-large for The Guardian. He is covering the U.S. election from Muncie in a series of articles called “The View from Middletown.” Mr. Younge has also made several radio and television documentaries on subjects ranging from the tea party to hip hop culture.
Photo provided by Andrew Kmiec.
Andrew Kmiec was born and raised in Northwest Indiana and graduated from Ball State in 2009 with a degree in creative writing. In 2010, he moved to Los Angeles, determined to fulfill his childhood dreams of storytelling and filmmaking.
Since moving to L.A., Andrew has worked with some of the industry’s most influential storytellers in both commercials and feature films. In 2014, Andrew quit his day job so he could put his stories to paper. He has another job in marketing now, but he had to live off ramen and cheap coffee before writing several screenplays that caught Hollywood’s attention.
We recently got to talk with Andrew about his journey to L.A. We hope English majors draw inspiration from reading about his experiences, and will attend his presentation in Bracken 104 on Wednesday, April 29, 2015 (4:30 PM).
If you’ve ever dreamed of writing stories for television or film, you should go. We hope to see lots of English and TCOM majors there.
How did your degree in English lead to your job? What skills did you learn that helped you in a professional setting?
I knew very early on that I wanted to be a storyteller in film. This gave me a little bit of a leg-up on the kids who were moving to California to “figure it all out.”
What is it?
The Digital Literature Review is Ball State’s academic journal.
Every year, those involved in the journal share their hard work at the DLR launch gala. We want you to be there for the release of the DLR‘s second issue: Slavery Now.
Why should I attend?
If you attend, you not only get the opportunity to learn about different forms of modern slavery, but you can also learn about next year’s session of the project and get a free copy of the journal.
During the gala, students will also present their research in individual question-and-answer sessions.
Where is it?
You can find presentations and refreshments in Schwartz Digital Complex, which is located in Bracken Library.
Okay, but when is it?
The event takes place on April 20th from 5:00 to 7:00 PM.
Is there anything else I should know?
- If you’re interested in contributing to next year’s issue of the journal (Freak Shows and Human Zoos), you can e-mail Joyce Huff (firstname.lastname@example.org) about becoming a staff member.
- You can also submit your writing for the 2016 issue of DLR here. And don’t forget about the Digital Literature Review’s blog, which is accepting submissions year-round.
- Last but not least, if you want to be an even better literary citizen, make sure you follow DLR on Twitter and Facebook.