From September-December, Living Writers will bring up to 10 writers to campus to meet with students in Engl. 360 (enrollment: 50), to give a public talk presentation, and to socialize with faculty, administrators, students, and other guests. Last year, this signature program’s online component attracted nearly 500 alumni, parents, and community members. It was the first year I taught the course and ran the series without my colleague Jane Pinchin, now retired. To prepare for running the program on my own, I partnered with 8 colleagues from across the university to make videos and podcasts over the summer about each writer’s work. (There were only 8 partners because 2 of the 10 featured writers were already members of the Colgate faculty.)
The nature of the Living Writers program means it is brand new in every iteration. While it’s possible to rely on structures that have been in place since 2009, when Jane Pinchin and I revived the course after a decade-long hiatus, the content changes every year. For this reason, a summer researcher is required to gather materials—print and online--about each of the texts and authors, and also to help populate the web site.
The faculty-initiated research apprenticeship is particularly well-suited to the program’s needs, as it (the apprenticeship) has tends to attract students who are creative, independent, and organized; keenly intelligent, with strong research, writing, and even social skills.
Number of Student Researchers
Applications open on 01/15/2017 and close on 02/07/2017