Event: Cover Letter Workshop!

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Hone your cover letter writing skills! Join us for our cover letter workshop on Monday, February 10. The workshop will begin at 5pm in Lawrence 307. Please RSVP to Anne at awillkomm@rosemont.edu.

In this 1-hour workshop we will look at the structure of cover letters, what to include, what not to include, how to address them, what to do when there is no contact name, and more.

Hope to see you there!

Event: Talk with David Chemidlin

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Condé Nast is home to some of the world’s most celebrated media brands. In the United States, Condé Nast publishes 18 consumer magazines, four business-to-business publications, 27 websites, and more than 50 apps for mobile and tablet devices, all of which define excellence in their categories.

David Chemidlin is Senior Vice President and Corporate Controller of Condé Nast and General Manager of the company’s shared services center in Wilmington, Delaware.

Chemidlin is coming to campus to talk about the business side of magazine publishing. The event will be in Main Building, Tuesday, November 12 and it begins at 6:00. For those in class on Tuesday evening, please begin your class in Main and then return to your classroom after the discussion. The event is open to the public!

From the Director: The Importance of Attending Conferences

by Anne Converse Willkomm, Director of the Graduate Publishing Programs

I think back to my first literary conference. It was in Winston Salem, North Carolina – the Annual Conference for the North Carolina Writers’ Network. I went with a couple of writer friends, and honestly, went more to see them than to take advantage of all the conference had to offer.

I quickly adjusted my faulty thinking as I sat in my master class with Ron Rash. For any of you who haven’t had the pleasure of meeting this acclaimed novelist, he’s fabulous. He taught me about voice, specifically the Southern voice. The keynote speaker that year was Jill McCorkle. She read “Cuss Time” from a collection of short stories and I laughed until I felt as if I had done a hundred crunches. I met the new Executive Director, Ed Southern, and pleaded with him to keep the week-long Writer’s Retreat (it had been condensed to 3 days and moved to Charlotte). I met a host of fellow writers, a group of fabulous small presses, but more than that, I was, for 48 hours, immersed in something I am completely and utterly passionate about – writing, books, authors, and publishing.

As writers and publishers we can’t attend every conference, but some of the biggies are a must, such as BEA (Book Expo America), AWP (Association of Writers and Writing Programs), SCBWI (Society of Book Writers and Illustrators), ALA (American Library Association) to name a few. If your budget allows, attend other conferences as well. The benefits are enormous. You never know whom you will meet and what kinds of positive impact that relationship might have on your career.

When I attended the Winter SCBWI conference in New York last February, I had the lovely pleasure of meeting and chatting with author/actress Julie Andrews and her daughter/author Emma Walton Hamilton after they spoke about their new title, The Very Fairy Princess Follows Her Heart. They were both lovely women, so willing to talk about their craft and encourage other writers to follow their hearts.

So look at the conferences in your region and sign up. Where will you be this weekend? I will be at Push to Publish sponsored by Philadelphia Stories, held on the campus of Rosemont College. I will meet new writers, re-connect with others, moderate a panel on trends in the publishing industry, and I will enjoy every minute of it!

Event: Pub Hub!

blog pub hubAttention students! Mark your calendars for the big evening networking event this fall!

You are invited to meet, mingle, and connect with area and regional publishing professionals at the third annual publishing network event sponsored by the Graduate Publishing program at Rosemont College.

Be sure to RSVP before November 1st!

The event will take place at the Center City location on South Broad Street from 5:30 – 8:00pm. Hors d’oeuvres and drinks will be provided.

Event: Resume Workshop!

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Graduate students! This is your chance to update and create a polished, new resume for your dream job.

Bring three copies of your resume, paper, and a pen. Your peers and the Director will critique your current resume. Layout, content, and appearance will be discussed as well.

Meet at the Main Building at 5:30 for the workshop. The workshop will end at 6:30. If you have class on Tuesday night, you will not be penalized for arriving late.

RSVP to Anne Willkomm. Looking forward to seeing you there!