Tusculum College creative writing students find success outside the classroom

Posted on 28 October 2011 by srichey@tusculum.edu

Several of Tusculum College’s students from the English Department have found success outside the classroom as they continue their creative work and expand their employment and future educational opportunities through internships.

“Tusculum College’s English Department strives hard to lay the groundwork for our students to find success with their creative works through publication, as well as to help them prepare for graduate studies if they wish to do so,” said Heather Patterson, English Department chair and assistant professor of English.

“We are very proud that our students have found opportunities to shine outside the classroom.”

Danielle Armstrong, a senior from Blountville, Tenn., participated in the Ronald McNair Post Baccalaureate Achievement Program Summer Pre-Research Internship at East Tennessee State University.

The internship is specifically need-based and offered to first-generation college students wishing to pursue a PhD. in any field. The internship offers qualitative research methodology with the goal of creating a research proposal, as well as providing help with graduate school admission requirements, and graduate program entrance exam preparation.

Heather Blanton, a senior from Lincolnton, N.C., completed an internship with “The Laurel of Asheville,” an arts and culture magazine. Her work included working with the print editions, as well as writing two articles a month for the online edition.

Andrew Baker, a junior from Athens, Tenn., was published in “Novelltum,” an online literary journal. His poem “Koi” was in the spring issue, and “Home,” a photograph by Baker, is also being published in another literary journal, “Adriot.”

Britany Menken, a junior from Maryville, Tenn., had an essay published in “Novelltum,” as well. The essay was titled “My Children” and was about her two nieces. She also had a book, “Cloud 0,” published by Xlibris. The book is available in book stores and online through Barnes and Noble.


Reporting by Noelle Rankin ‘ 13

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