Students in new WRIT course to manage, edit and produce a professional online periodical

Product of New Digital Publication Course, Online Literary Journal Will Aim to Attract Renowned Poets, Fiction and Non-Fiction Writers to Student-Run Periodical

For Woodbury University’s College of Liberal Arts, “WRIT 400: Digital Publication”– a new course described as “a practicum-based experience in online magazine publication that provides experience managing, editing and producing a professional online periodical”–could be the syllabus entry heard ‘round the country. 

“We hope to attract nationally-known poets, nationally-known fiction writers and nationally-known non-fiction writers who will submit their work as they would to any literary journal,” said Dr. Reuben Ellis, Chair of Professional Writing in Woodbury’s College of Liberal Arts.  “Submissions will be evaluated for publication by students enrolled in the class and eventually be published on an online digital platform.”

Naming the publication will be the first order of business this fall, according to course instructor Linda Dove, Adjunct Professor of English at Woodbury and a published poet.  “Our new literary journal will complement 7500 Magazine, the university’s arts and culture publication, and be a parallel project with a different focus,” she said.  Both the course and the journal will tap Dove’s background in publishing.

The digital publication class is expected to attract creative writers–but not only creative writers.  “The course will encompass communications, public relations, marketing and editorial work, and program management–especially this year, given the number of administrative, technical and editorial board decisions that need to be made,” Dove said.

Woodbury’s Professional Writing B.A. program connects writing with the newest digital technologies and information environments.  The Professional Writing degree helps students who are passionate about clear and effective writing become the information architects, document designers and cross-cultural communicators that industries, businesses, governments and nonprofit organizations require.  The degree program prepares students to work individually and collaboratively in a variety of workplace environments and cultural contexts, including the STEM, corporate, financial and nonprofit sectors; consulting, publishing and journalism; government and law; and education and the arts.  Students in the Professional Writing major recently marked the completion of the program’s first academic year.

“We believe it’s essential to address Professional Writing in all of its forms because new, compelling careers are emerging in each of these areas,” Dove said.

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