EN 300 DA: Literary Magazine Editing and Publishing (Ken Cormier, MWF 1:00PM-1:50 PM)
Fulfills Creative Writing Concentration & Flex Cat A: Language, Rhetoric, Genre & Form
In this experiential learning course, students work to conceive, construct, distribute, and promote an issue of the Sleeping Giant Review, a new online literary magazine housed at Quinnipiac University. Students will gain an understanding of literary magazine publication by reading broadly and presenting on a wide array of contemporary journals. Working in teams, students will solicit submissions from undergraduate writers and artists around the state of Connecticut (and beyond?), make selections, proofread, work through design choices, create marketing and distribution strategies, and, finally, organize a publication party, all on a short timeline. While doing the practical work of editing an issue of the magazine, students will also contribute pieces to a vibrant, ongoing “review” blog, which can include interviews with writers and artists, profiles of editors and magazines, book reviews, music reviews, creative works from local artists, and more. The Sleeping Giant Review is meant to be groundbreaking and innovative, so while the course will provide a foundational understanding of the literary-magazine genre, it will also invite and encourage students to stretch, expand, and reinvent that genre as we go. Proactive students with an interest in poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, music, film, web design, performance, publishing, podcasting, marketing, events planning, and everything in between, will especially benefit from this hands-on course. Prerequisite: EN 201 or 202 or 205 or 206 or instructor permission.