Apply For A Documentary Production Minor

Students interested in film and video production should consider the documentary production minor (changed from documentary studies minor). The application deadline is Feb. 27. If you have taken WRA 225 and WRA 425, you can complete the minor by taking three additional courses. It’s a great way to bolster your video production skills and show that you’re committed to it in your CV. These courses will also result in excellent portfolio pieces. For more information, contact Professor Alexander Hidalgo.

Spring PW Workshops You Won’t Want to Miss


This spring semester 2015, the WRAC department is offering various, fundamental workshops for professional writing students! Be sure to put these dates on your calendar!

Resume & Cover Letter Writing
Wednesday, January 28th, 1pm
305 Bessey Hall
Professor Laura Julier
If you’re looking for a job or internship, then definitely come to this workshop and find out what a resume and cover letter should (and should not!) contain and what they should be used for. Feel free to bring a copy of your own resume and cover letter to work on. 

Establishing a Professional Digital Identity
Tuesday, February 3rd, 5pm
214 Bessey Hall
Professor Kathryn Houghton & Professor Liza Potts
Almost all of us have some virtual representation of ourselves online. Come to this workshop to learn to cultivate and utilize an online, professional, PW identity. 

An Inside Look at Brand Strategy
Friday, February 13, 10am
317 Bessey
Ryan Kilcoyne, Marketing Director, MSU College of Arts and Letters
Attend this workshop to get a close up look at the upcoming revamp of the Spartan brand, as well as learn about how brand strategy is used in a large organization. 

Internship Workshop
Thursday, February 26th, 6pm
305 Bessey Hall
Professor Jonathan Ritz
If you’re looking for a PW internship, this is the workshop to attend. You’ll learn all about the internship opportunites out there, as well as the resources available to find those internships.

Graduate and Law School for PW majors
Friday, March 27th, 10am
317 Bessey
Becky Brewer, Professor Kathryn Houghton, Professor Laura Julier, Allegra Smith, & Rebecca Zantjer
Explore opportunities for professional writing majors in graduate school! These include MA, MFA, and JD (law school) programs. 

Looking At Language: A Comment From A Reader

WRAC would like to give a special shout out and thank you to Eric Tackett from California Investigative Academy who not only visited our website, but also emailed us some helpful information to add to an article from April 2013 titled From Retronaut: “Top 10 Most Sarcastic Flapper Slang Words”. This post was an introduction to the website Retronaut that gives a very interesting and unique view of the past. More specifically, this website offered an enlightening segment about the top 10 sarcastic flapper slang words that both took the understanding of the English language to the next level as well as shedding light on slang which can actually be considered a whole other language in itself. On that note, while doing research, Eric came across the site that he found particularly helpful for understanding slang and language as a whole. Check it out and let us know what you find on our Facebook or Twitter. Don’t be afraid to give us a shout out. We always love hearing from our readers like Eric! Who knows, you might even get a special mention too!

WRAC’s Stephanie Amada Releases Ebook on College Hookup Culture


Stephanie Amada, an assistant professor in Michigan State University’s Writing, Rhetoric, and American Cultures department, recently released her ebook,  Hooking Up: A Sexy Encounter With Choice.

The ebook intends to serve as an informative guide for college-aged women about the phenomenon that is hookup culture on college campuses. The biggest message is the idea that women have autonomy in how they choose (or choose not) to participate in hookup culture. Amada said:

“Women have a choice with how they want to be sexually and within the world of dating and relationships.  I think the reason I focus on women is that they often feel like they don’t have a choice and I want women to take away that they have a choice in all aspects of this.”

During the first week of the book’s publication, Amada held a promotion that allowed whomever was interested a free copy if they signed up for one. The result? Over 500 interested readers! The number speaks for itself; the book’s topic has pertinence.

What I love most about the book, however, is how it is written in a conversation tone, which to me emulates the essence that is Stephanie Amada. Last year, I was struggling with some personal issues, and was lucky enough to able to turn to Amada for support and feel no judgment, safe, and ultimately cared about. The book is written in this manner, and I think-especially for a touchy subject like hooking up-is important and is what makes this book so great for young women.

To learn more about Amada’s book, check out this article from USA Today College and checkout her website.