Todd Mitchell: Award Finalist

Todd Mitchell’s book, The Secret to Lying, was selected as a finalist for the 2011 Colorado Book Awards.


Sue Doe: Publication

Sue Doe’s essay “A Response to The Symposium on Fostering Teaching Quality” was recently released in the Spring 2011 issue of the Writing Program Administration: Journal of the Council of Writing Program Administrators.

Framework for Success in Postsecondary Writing

Prepared by the Council of Writing Program Administrators, the National Council of Teachers of English, and the National Writing Project, February 2011, the “Framework for Success in Postsecondary Writing describes the rhetorical and 21st century skills as well as habits of mind and experiences that are critical for college success. Based in current research in writing and writing pedagogy, the Framework was written and reviewed by two- and four-year college and high school writing faculty nationwide and is endorsed by the Council of Writing Program Administrators, the National Council of Teachers of English, and the National Writing Project.”

The Framework first describes the eight Habits of Mind “essential for success in college writing”:  curiosity, openness, engagement, persistence, responsibility, flexibility, and metacognition.  The Framework explains that these habits are “ways of approaching learning that are both intellectual and practical and that will support students’ success in a variety of fields and disciplines” and goes on to suggest “how teachers can foster these habits of mind through writing, reading, and critical analysis.”  This document supports what we do and why we do it, and is a good reminder of our overall goals as teachers of postsecondary writing.

Beth Lechleitner: “Reporting Live from Atlanta”

Recently, Instructor in Upper-Division Composition Beth Lechleitner attended the 4C’s conference in Atlanta.  

“I thought that if I went to 4C’s, I could testify to the value of conferencing, in particular to the teaching faculty. And boy can I: this was a great experience.”

Reporting Live from Atlanta is her account of how she got there, why she went, and how it was.

Publishing Panel

Panel Presentation for Creative Writers–All Graduate Students, Undergraduates, Faculty & Staff Welcome!

“Publishing your poetry, fiction, and nonfiction:  Preparing & Submitting Your Manuscript for Publication”

Three panelists will discuss how to find the “right” journals, magazines, and contests for your work; how to prepare your manuscript and write a cover letter; and other publishing concerns (including what not to do!).  And we PROMISE to leave time for questions.

Stephanie G’Schwind, Colorado Review Editor and Director of the Center  for Literary Publishing  Colorado Review. Interns & MFA Candidates Felicia Zamora (Poetry) & Nick  Maistros (Fiction).

 Date:  Thursday, April 28

 Time:  2-3 p.m.

 Place:  Eddy 11

Questions? Contact Deanna Ludwin (

Reminder: Deadline for Community Literacy Center Internships

REMINDER- Applications for CLC AmeriCorps Internship for 2010-2011 are due Tuesday, April 26th at 4pm. Please submit your application to Tobi Jacobi, 333 Eddy Building, CSU, Fort Collins, CO 80523 or electronically to

For the application:

Raul Moreno: PhD News

Raul Moreno has accepted an offer to join the University of South Dakota’s PhD program in creative writing, in Vermillion, where he’ll be writing and teaching until 2015, God willing. Meanwhile, Raul’s essay “I’d Like to Talk About the Bigger Stuff,” which explores relationships among Coloradoans, the Kyrgyz, and our animals, has won Phoebe’s inaugural nonfiction contest. The essay will appear in the journal’s fall issue and an excerpt can be found next week at

Lisa Langstraat: Conference Presentations

At the 2011 College on Composition and Communication, Lisa Langstraat presented a paper, ” Vet’s Only: Transitional Literacies in a Veteran-Designated Composition Course,” which was covered in an article in INSIDEHIGHERED.  She also co-chaired the CCCC Special Interest Group for Active Military, Veterans, and their Families.

At the HERA Conference in San Francisco in early March, Lisa Langstraat presented a paper, “Teaching Critical Emotion Theory: A Case Study in Compassion.”