Undergraduate editors and faculty advisors from around the country will gather to let their voices be heard at the 2014 Forum for Undergraduate Students and Editors (FUSE) Conference. It will be held November 6th and 7th at Bennington College in Vermont, where we will aim to challenge ourselves to overleap boundaries and broaden horizons by asking: What’s the Big Idea? We invite you to join us: View the Schedule of Events here.
A sampler of what’s on docket so far from student and faculty presenters includes: “How to Start a Literary Magazine in Six (Easy?) Steps,” “Creating Community and Conversation through a System-wide Journal,” and “Finding Unity through Difference: Cultural Exchange in the Editing Process”—along with ideas about how to expand community connections, make open mic events more inclusive, and the burgeoning interest in creative nonfiction. Presenters and attendees include students and faculty from UCLA, SUNY-Geneseo, Le Moyne College, Johnson State College, Mary Baldwin College, Siena College, Bowling Green State University, SUNY-Rockland, Greenfield Community College, Widener University, Susquehanna University, Southern Vermont College, Cabrini College, the University of Pennsylvania, Green Mountain College, Tufts, Hollins University, Shippensburg University, and Bennington College.
Presentations and skills sessions will feature Sven Birkerts; Benjamin Anastas (on Wednesday evening, 11/5); Susan Sgorbati and Danny Michaelson, founders of Quantum Leap; Jeffrey Lependorf, executive director of The Council of Literary Magazines and Presses (CLMP); and Wyatt Kirby, founder of a Seattle-based web marketing and design firm. We’re also planning a trip to the acclaimed Clark Art Institute in Williamstown, Massachusetts.
FUSE is a national network founded by the Writers Institute of Susquehanna University. Every year, the FUSE Conference brings together editors, writers, and faculty advisors to work toward collaboration and to foster visionary work in the undergraduate literary world. FUSE has had a caucus at the AWP Conference every year since 2005; in Seattle this year, almost 100 students and faculty attended. In 2011, FUSE elected its first student officers to the national board; plain china editors Esme Franklin ’12 and Mariyama Scott ’15 have both served, and faculty editor Rebecca Godwin is regional director for the Northeast.
Bennington can accommodate 80 participants for the 2014 FUSE Conference. To allow for the broadest possible participation, we will limit registration to four representatives per institution at the outset. We encourage you to register soon! For registration and other information, visit our site.