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.

2015 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 is being published in No Horns on these Helmets, an anthology of Viking Fiction, in May 2015.

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 Sophomore. Creative Writing major. Loves to read and write! One Direction obsessed.

todd, leviLevi Todd is a poet from Chicago, always trying to make his way back. He attends Ball State University, where he majors in English Studies and minors in Creative Writing. Levi has served as Executive Editor for Polyphony HS and is the host of the Reacting Out Loud poetry open mic series. This summer, he will be a Literacy Intern at Open Books, and he looks forward to connecting with the community of Midwest writers at this year’s conference.

2015 Agent Assistants

Six 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.

HollowellBioPicSarah Hollowell just graduated from Ball State University with a degree in English. She mainly writes YA, speculative fiction, and personal essays. She’ll read almost anything, but YA definitely makes up most of her bookcase and Kindle space. She’s super into cats and the apocalypse. Her essays have been published on The Butter and The Gloss. This is her third year as an intern at the Midwest Writers Workshop.

brountDaniel Brount is a senior Creative Writing major at Ball State University. He also has a minor in Professional Writing and Emerging Media. Throughout his college career, he has worked for numerous publications. He was design editor of the second issue of the Digital Literature Review. He worked as managing editor of the 2015 issue of The Broken Plate, which is a national literary magazine run by Ball State undergraduate students. He has held several positions at The Ball State Daily News, such as editor-in-chief, copy chief, design editor, and forum editor. When he graduates, Daniel plans to pursue a career in book publishing. He will be part of the New York Arts Program in fall 2015.

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.

Jeff Owens MWWJeff Owens is a senior in Creative Writing at Ball State University. He enjoys writing poetry, narrative nonfiction, and novel-length fiction works. He aims to remain dynamic and socially aware in his writing by including characters across various intersections and avoiding inaccurate representations of marginalized groups.

robertsKendra Roberts is finishing her junior year at Ball State University as a Creative Writing major. Her main love is to write fiction, but she also spends time working on poetry and nonfiction to practice her different skills. When she’s not scribbling in her notebooks or typing in a flurry on the computer, you can find her volunteering at the Humane Society or with children who participate in 4-H. This past semester, she lived in Indianapolis interning for the Indiana Statehouse where she worked in the communications department. Although she’d like to go to graduate school, her big goal is to ultimately be published by the time she graduates from college.

WickerTaylor Wicker is an undergraduate creative writing major and public relations intern in Ball State University’s English Department. On Tuesday nights, you can find her wandering around the produce section of Meijer where she has her deepest and most important musings. She’s openly addicted to The Food Network, thoroughly enjoys the combination of craft beer and pizza, and believes wholeheartedly in the power of the Oxford comma.