Thanks to a grant from the Discovery Group, we’ve hired 11 Ball State University students who 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.
Social Media Tutors
Six interns will be working as social media tutors. You can schedule a 50-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.
John Carter is a recent graduate of Ball State, where he earned his B.A. in English with a creative writing concentration and minored in professional writing. Published in the Writers’ Community Chapbook Series, Volumes One and Two, much of his writing focuses on issues of farming and rural life. Besides his work as a writer, John is also Co-Managing Editor and Designer of Embodied Effigies, a small creative nonfiction literary magazine striving to publish burgeoning writers of Truth—in whatever form it may take.
Jackson Eflin, a Muncie native, is studying creative writing and minoring in classical languages. He’s going to start work on two different publications come fall: Ball State’s The Broken Plate, and a new online publication focusing on scholarly essays as part of Ball State’s Digital Literature Review. He’s always on the lookout for the best books no one’s ever read.
Rebekah Hobbs is studying publishing, graphic design, and Spanish. In the fall, she will begin public relations work for the Student Action Team and work for the Center for Information and Communications Studies. When she isn’t reading books, blogs, or magazines, she enjoys running, using the Oxford comma, and trying new fonts.
Madison R Jones is a graduate of Ball State where he obtained his B.A. in English concentrating in creative writing with a minor in psychology. His career interests include using social media to help community outreach programs. He has worked as a promotional team member for the Ball State In-Print Festival of First Books, the Assistant Director of Ball State’s 2013 performance of “The Vagina Monologues” and is currently employed as a student usher/runner for Emens Auditorium. He has volunteered in the Creative Writing in the Community class at BSU, with Kelsey Timmerman’s League of Extraordinary Writers, and as a grief facilitator at Brooke’s Place in Indianapolis.
Kameron McBride was born in Knoxville, Tennessee, and was raised in Muncie, Indiana. He currently is pursuing a bachelor’s in English/creative writing with a minor in professional writing. He has been published in The Circle Review and won a “Golden Circle” award from Columbia University for his movie column in The Ball State Daily News. He currently is head varsity soccer coach at Burris Laboratory School and works in the English graduate office.
Morgan Smith was born in Muncie, Indiana, where she still resides. She recently earned a B.A. in English/creative writing with a minor in literature from Ball State. Morgan works from home as a caregiver and interns for Split Lip Magazine as the social media correspondent and promoter. Thanks to message boards and various other social media formats, this year marks the tenth year of her social media presence. She is currently working on her first novel.
Five interns will be working 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.
Rachael Heffner grew up and lives in Indianapolis, Indiana. She’s a junior in the Creative Writing program, and she’s been using social media for many years. Rachael waitresses at a local pub, but whenever she has a night off, she’s writing, and she hopes to be an editor someday.
Sarah Hollowell is majoring in English with a creative writing concentration and minoring in professional writing. She balances her part-time job with internships, her blog, and the pursuit of good writing. Her true loves are speculative fiction, young adult novels, and short stories. Sarah’s work has been published in The Broken Plate.
Becca Jackson is studying mathematics and creative writing. She completed an undergraduate fellowship with the Department of History’s What Middletown Read project and currently works as a student assistant for the Honors College. Creative nonfiction and poetry are her primary interests, and she enjoys writing about Midwestern life, interdisciplinary education, and the transition from youth to adulthood. She maintains a personal blog as well as a literary journal called The Scientist’s Lab Notes, an anonymous collection of creative works written by those involved in scientific or mathematical fields.
K. J. Neal is a writer and reader living in Muncie, Indiana. She has a B.A. in English with a concentration in creative writing, where she also completed a minor in philosophy. She served as the Editor-in-Chief of Stance: An International Undergraduate Philosophy Journal. She likes books, both the reading and writing of them. She’s currently working on two novels, an adult fantasy, the other a YA-ish light sci-fi.
Sara Rae Rust studied creative writing and telecommunications while at Ball State and plans on moving to Indianapolis to try her hand at a career in either field. Sara was an Associate Producer for the Emmy-nominated entertainment news show, The Reel Deal, as well as the position of Continuity Director for WCRD 91.3 FM the completely student-run radio station voted the Best in the Midwest and ranked in the top five in the nation in the 2009 MTV Woodie Awards. She spends her time reading, writing and watching movies that spur writing binges. She hopes to create a book club where the members read a book that’s been made into a movie and then watch said movie.Back to Top