Need A New Workspace? There’s An App For That

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I’m currently in the mission of creating an “inspirational” desk area to hopefully help ease my current writer’s block infection by having it semi-organized, fun pictures, and inspirational quotes all within eye’s reach.

I suppose it’s helped some, as it makes sitting at my desk a little less boring, but sometimes I still get a bout of wanderlust, and need to work elsewhere, but oftentimes that’s just my kitchen, and dirty dishes are hardly inspiring.

Thankfully, an application called Workfrom aims to help people like me find alternative workspaces when a lot of work is done from home. Learn more about it here.

*Image credit to MLive 

PW Alum to Watch: Sydney Beaudreault

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Sydney Beaudreault graduated from Michigan State University in December 2014, equipped with a professional writing degree, an ethic for hard work, enthusiasm, and talent for design and writing.

During college, Beaudreault worked several jobs and internships, all while keeping up with her coursework. She was a Campus Rep for L’Oreal, a Student Translator for Macy’s, a Publication Relations Assistant at Pure Promotions, and a Cooperative Assistant for Consumers Energy.

Now, Beaudreault finds herself at Vertafore as a Marketing Specialist–Technical Writer. When I asked her how PW helped her with her job, she said: 

“It has helped me in every sense of my job. I was hired on as a technical writer, but I have also been able to assist the marketing team in various aspects of advertisement design in Illustrator and InDesign. On a day-to-day I write copy, copyedit anything before it goes to print, write press releases, will eventually be assisting in event planning, design advertisements, and writing RFP’s.”

I was fortunate enough to have several classes with  Beaudreault and also worked on several projects with her, and I can safely say she is one of the hardest working people I know. Her determination to get things (a lot of things) done and done well has followed her into the beginnings of her professional career, as her job has her wearing many hats. She said this was the favorite part of her job:

“I get to be a part of several projects because I have such a broad knowledge base. PW allowed me to be well versed in all aspects of marketing and PR, so it’s great to do a different thing each day.”

Definitely keep an eye out for Beaudreault in the future; I have an inkling this isn’t going to be the last we see of her.

Sequel to Harper Lee’s “To Kill a Mockingbird”

If you thought George R. R. Martin took forever to publish a sequel, he has nothing on 88-year-old Harper Lee. 50 years after the first publication of her Pulitzer Prize-winning novel “To Kill a Mockingbird,” Lee recently announced that a sequel to the world-changing book would be published this summer.

According to The Washington Post, Lee’s sequel “Go Set a Watchman” was actually written before “To Kill a Mockingbird” over 50 years ago. “When she was just starting off, she wrote ‘Go Set a Watchman’ about a woman nicknamed Scout who returns home to Maycomb to visit her father, Atticus. After reading the manuscript, her editor asked her to rewrite the story from the point of view of Scout as a child.” The result being “To Kill a Mockingbird,” the 1930s story of Scout Finch and her father, Atticus Finch, who is a small-town Southern lawyer who defends a black man unjustly accused of rape. Even though a white woman wrote this novel, it is used in schools around the country to teach children about civil rights and equality. The sequel is meant to bring another view to the story and situation. Only 2 million copies will be published, so keep an eye out for another world changing novel.

Watch Reading Rockets’ Interviews With Great African American Children’s Book Authors and Illustrators

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In honor of Black History Month, Reading Rockets interviewed celebrated African American children’s books authors and illustrators in order to diversify the reading in classrooms. Those among the interviewed include E.B. Lewis, Nikki Giovanni, Christopher Myers, and more. Additionally, Reading Rockets interviewed children’s literature historian Leonard Marcus, who spoke of the history of multicultural children’s books in the United States from the 1960′s onward.

Definitely check out Reading Rockets’ YouTube playlist featuring the interviews. They’re incredibly interesting, and I enjoyed them a lot. Also check out Reading Rockets’ black history page on their website. Enjoy!