Department of Writing

Distinction in Writing: Writing for Publication or Performance

The purpose of submitting completed work in the context of a college course is to evaluate how well you have internalized and represented the curriculum of that course. This component allows you the opportunity to go beyond the classroom and present your creative, critical, or professional work to a wider audience at the campus, local, regional, and national levels.

Performance and publishing signify an endpoint to the creative process, an interaction with the world beyond the classroom. This signifies a step towards thinking of oneself as a professional and participating in those activities that a working writer does.

Level A

  • Publish a substantial piece of writing in a regional or national market.
  • Present work at a regional or national conference.
  • Win the department Intro Awards contest.

Level B

  • Give a public reading of your own work.
  • Publish a substantial piece of writing in a campus market (e.g., Fishladder, In Writing, The Lanthorn).
  • Place in the GVSU Oldenburg Writing Contest.
  • Submit work or queries to four different markets: local, regional, or national (documented by editorial replies).
  • Read or display creative writing or scholarship at Student Scholarship Day.
  • Read/perform work on the radio or television.
  • Create a public poetry (or art, or performance) installation.
  • Maintain (and post at least weekly to) a professionally-slanted blog.
  • Attend and respond to at least four Writing department sponsored readings.
  • Attend and respond to at least five Student Reading Series events

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