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The Offbeat Launch Party and New Issue

On December 7, 2017, the staff of The Offbeat, MSU literary journal, celebrated the launch of Vol. 18.

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PW student Rachel Nanzer turns her public art into successful ArtPrize entry

Rachel Nanzer describes the unique process of creating Immeasurable Numbness, an art piece that became her ArtPrize entry.

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Public Conversation on Publishing and Professional Writing

Mark your calendars! On January 22, Professor Kate Fedewa will host an evening of public conversation on publishing and professional writing with publisher Navah Wolfe and literary agent DongWon Song.


Meet PWer Lauren Utykanski

PW Senior Lauren Utykanski shares her internship experiences throughout her time at MSU.


The Digital Humanities Minor Provides Opportunities for PW and XA Students

At MSU, PW and XA students can get a minor in Digital Humanities. Hear more about the minor from Kristen Mapes, the Digital Humanities Coordinator for MSU’s College of Arts and Letters, and some DH courses from Reyna Hurand, a PW senior.


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The Intersection of Tech and the Humanities: XA Student Uses Skills to Encourage Diversity in Elementary Schools

Read about how XA student Brock Delebreau is helping to foster inclusivity through a project called IDEAL (Inclusive Diversity Engagement Activity Learning).


Meet R&W Alum Dr. Jim Ridolfo

Dr. Jim Ridolfo shares what he has been doing since he graduated from the Rhetoric & Writing PhD program in 2009.

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PWers Serve as Feature Writers and More for Awesome Mitten

PW students share their experiences as freelance writers for the popular Michigan-themed travel and culture website, The Awesome Mitten.
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Meet PW Alum Anna Stevenson

Anna Stevenson tells WRAC about how her career has evolved since she graduated from the Professional Writing program in 2009.


Meet Trixie Smith

Read about Dr. Trixie Smith, Director of The Writing Center and a member of the WRAC faculty. 


Meet PW Alum Riley Sutika

Riley Sutika reflects on her time at MSU, and how the PW program helped to prepare her for the professional world.

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WRAC Teachers and The Facing Project

Read about how Sarah Prielipp and Dr. Carol Quinn, two WRAC teachers, integrated The Facing Project into their first-year writing courses.

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Meet Doug Eyman

Read about one of the first graduates from WRAC's PhD in Rhetoric and Writing program.

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WRAC Annual FYW Symposium Coming Soon

Every fall, the WRAC first-year writing team organizes a highly popular symposium that showcases 600-plus students from WRAC's first-year writing classrooms. 


Meet Kate Birdsall

Read about Dr. Kate Birdsall, WRAC assistant professor and published author.

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Meet Steven Fraiberg

Read about Dr. Steven Fraiberg, an assistant professor in WRAC.


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Meet Joyce Meier

Read about Dr. Joyce Meier, the assistant director of the First-Year Writing (FYW) Program at MSU.




Israel’s High-Tech Industry Offers Valuable Opportunities for PW Majors 

Over the summer, WRAC professor Steven Fraiberg traveled to Israel looking for internships and study abroad opportunities in the high-tech industry.

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Meet Dawn Opel

Read about Dawn Opel, who joined WRAC last fall, and her research and community work here at MSU and in the Greater Lansing area. 

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WRAP's Speed Networking Event

About thirty WRAC faculty and MA and PhD students attended for two hours of quick conversations on research interests, projects, collaborations, and experiences.

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Meet Kristin Arola

Michigander Dr. Kristin Arola returns to Michigan and becomes part of the WRAC faculty.

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Meet PW Alum Simon Zagata

Read more about how MSU's Professional Writing program helped prepare Simon Zagata for law school.

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WRAC Students Pitch In at Fourth Genre

MSU's Fourth Genre offers PW majors a firsthand experience in literary publishing.

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Meet R&W Alum Dr. Donnie Sackey

Assistant professor and communications scholar Dr. Sackey reflects on his time at MSU.

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PW Major Gains New Skills with League of Michigan Bicyclists Internship

Professional Writing student Elly St. John is spending her summer interning for a local nonprofit organization.

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Camaraderie, Creativity, and Challenge: My Internship at a Bay Area Non-Profit

Third-year Professional Writing major Sarah Mitchell shares her experience serving as the Marketing Intern at Phoenix Bioinformatics.

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WRA 320 Students Create Educational Campaigns for REHS

In spring semester, WRA320 Digital and Technical Writing students applied their technical writing skills for a partnership with MSU’s Residence Education Housing Services (REHS).

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PWers Help CREATE for STEM

As interns, PW students wrote several feature articles, developed social media strategies and presence, and completed a number of other writing tasks and projects.

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2017 Outstanding Senior Award

PW student Samantha Ward won the 2017 Outstanding Senior Award, with Zoe Zappitell and Kristen Gmerek as honorable mentions.


PW Student Jay Hull Won First Prize at UURAF

PW student Jay Hull won first prize at UURAF for their presentation "In Defense of 'Slacktivism': Online Activism and Empathy."

Meet PW Student Chris Freeman

Check out PW student Chris Freeman and how he uses his Professional Writing skills with the band he's in, Hot Mulligan.



The WRAC Guide to UURAF

MSU's University Undergraduate Research and Arts Forum (UURAF) takes place on April 7th this year, and we've got a guide to all the WRAC-mentored presentations and posters.

The WRAC Guide to: ATTW 2017

The Association for Teachers of Technical Writing is holding their annual conference, and we've got your guide to all the WRAC faculty, students and alumni appearing on the schedule.

WRAC Completes Busy Week at National Conferences

We look back at WRAC's involvement in the 2017 Conference on College Composition and Communication and Association for Teachers of Technical Writing Conference.


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