Ball State University students will work as interns at this year’s conference. We’re very excited to introduce a new generation to Midwest Writers Workshop. Here’s what they’ll be doing.

2016 Agent Assistants

Six interns (with on-site coordinator Sarah Hollowell) will work as assistants to the agents. Before the conference, they will communicate with you to schedule pitches, and during the conference, they’ll keep time and make sure things run smoothly. If you signed up to pitch, you should be hearing from one of these interns soon.

HollowellBioPicSarah Hollowell is a writer of YA, speculative fiction, and essays. She’ll read almost anything, but YA dominates her bookshelves and Kindlespace. She’s super into cats and the apocalypse. Her essays have been published on The Butter, The Gloss, Fantasy Literature, and Women Write About Comics. Her fiction will soon appear in Fireside Fiction. This is her fourth year helping at the Midwest Writers Workshop.

Amanda Byk 2Amanda Byk is an English Major with a concentration on Creative Writing and a minor in Digital Media. She is currently in her senior year at Ball State University. This past year, she has worked with Ball State’s literary magazine The Broken Plate as a design editor. Amanda has also worked with an online college journal as an editor and writer representing Ball State. She is looking to gain more editing and publishing experience as well as make some connections in the industry. She has a considerably large book collection, including some signed editions that she is overly proud of, and would like to add to it. Hopefully Amanda doesn’t go broke.

Lauren CrossLauren Cross is an undergraduate pursuing a major in English Studies and a minor in Creative Writing. You can typically find her in a tizzy typing on her laptop or sketching ideas in a notebook for both nonfiction posts and poems, and you may or may not find them on her blog. She enjoys breakfast for dinner with a side of literary enjoyment, the smell of books, and imagining she is living her dream of frolicking through European culture.

DelkCaroline Delk explains that being a writer was never one of the decisions she made. She didn’t know she wanted to be a writer until her junior year of high school, when she started looking into colleges. She always wrote. She always had a notebook in hand, but didn’t know, or think, that she could change such a great thing into a career. She finally has the confidence to allow herself to believe she can make a change with her writing. And, that’s what she intends to do. Being at Ball State, taking all her writing classes with great professors, there’s not a doubt in her mind that she won’t be set off in the right direction, Ball State University senior studying Creative Writing and Professional Writing. She hopes that one day her writing will take her to New York and London.

Kara HarrisKara Harris is from Warsaw, Indiana. She is currently a junior at Ball State University, majoring in English Education and minoring in Professional Writing. She mainly likes reading YA novels, but doesn’t mind trying other books if they are suggested. She started writing in middle school with her friends to pass time, but after a while grew into a passion for writing, drawing from different inspirations in her life like nature, entertainment, and her own life to be put in her stories.

Rachel LRachel Lauve is a senior at Ball State University pursuing a degree in English education with a minor in creative writing. As a preservice teacher, she is passionate about working as a writer with her students and fervently believes that writing is, in fact, something that can be taught. When Rachel is not reading the latest YA novel to capture her heart or attempting to write her own YA novel, she spends her time bookbinding. Next semester, she will be working as a teacher’s assistant for Ball State’s course in teaching writing in secondary schools.

Rachel W-MRachel Wright-Marquez is a senior at Ball State University. She’s a student of English with minors in Professional Writing/Emerging Media, Literature, and Spanish. You can usually find her sitting in the hallway of the English Department or looking out a window. As an aspiring publisher, copy-editor, and better-writer-maker, she has a vested interest in language and helping other improve their writing. In the past, she’s interned at the Ball State Writing Center. In the upcoming semester, she’ll be working as an editor with the Digital Literature Review.

2016 Social Media Tutors

Three interns will be working as social media tutors. You can schedule a 45-minute session (on Friday or Saturday) to discuss both the “how” and “why” of social media: for example, how to start a blog, or for the more advanced, how to increase the readership of your blog, as well as why you should use social media as a writer. If you’d like to sign up for one of these free sessions, you will get an email from MWW Director Jama Bigger explaining how to start that process.

EflinJackson Eflin graduated from Ball State with an degree in Creative Writing and is trying to support his community in any way he can while assisting a teacher at an afterschool program for at-risk elementary students.  He’s usually in the middle of four or five different speculative fiction books and was published in No Horns on these Helmets, an anthology of Viking Fiction, in May 2015.

Brittany MeansBrittany Means is a writer and reader living in Muncie, Indiana. She has her Bachelor’s in English with a concentration in Creative Writing, and minors in Film Screenwriting and Women’s and Gender Studies from Ball State University. Her nonfiction and poetry have been published in MetazenThe Broken Plate, and Side B Magazine. Brittany also writes fiction and scripts. She has worked as lead prose editor for The Broken Plate (not the same year she was published there), an editor for The Digital Literature Review, and tutors young creative writers. She is interested in reading literary fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and any books with complex female characters.

25083_hannahschneider_02fHannah Schneider has lived in Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, and therefore considers herself a Midwesterner to her core. She is studying Public Communications and Creative Writing at Ball State and will be a senior this coming year. If she is not asking strangers to pet their dogs, she is probably home in Michigan visiting with her own dogs. Her passions and major interests are Creative Nonfiction and Poetry, she has been published in the Broken Plate and the small student run Lit mag In Transit. This is her first time attending and interning MWW, she is excited to be here!

todd, leviLevi Todd is a poet  from Chicago, always trying to make his way back. He has served as Literacy Intern at Open Books, Programming Intern at The Poetry Center of Chicago, and Executive Editor at Polyphony HS. His work is forthcoming or published in The Indianola Review and In Transit. Levi is also the Founder and Executive Director of Reacting Out Loud, an independent organization devoted to uplifting poetry and affirming community in Muncie, Indiana. He is dedicated to the craft of poetry and using it to embolden individuals and strengthen community ties.