Section 2: Tuesday and Thursday 5:00-6:15 PM

Professor: Cathy Day

Making a Literary Life

In this course, we’ll explore the careers you can pursue (both literary and non-literary) with a major in creative writing. You’ll learn how to submit your work to literary magazines, write and publish book reviews, practice literary citizenship, and seek out informational interviews. Each student will be required to complete the Ball State Career Center’s Intern-Ready Program and apply for an internship or job that will help you develop professionally. Students will also gain some event-planning experience as they assist Professor Day to plan and implement the “Stars to Steer By Lecture Series,” which takes place during this course’s meeting time.

Possible Texts

Katharine Brooks, You Majored in What?: Mapping Your Path from Chaos to Career

Mayra Calvani and Anne K. Edwards, The Slippery Art of Book Reviewing

Austin Kleon, Show Your Work

Carolyn See, Making a Literary Life: Advice for Writers and Other Dreamers

John B. Thompson, Merchants of Culture: The Publishing Business in the 21st Century

One book by an In Print author in the genre you consider your primary genre

  • Poetry: Iliana Rocha, Karankawa
  • Fiction: Sequoia Nagamatsu, Where We Go When All We Were is Gone
  • Creative Nonfiction: Dan Reaburn, Vessels