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Creative Learning

Try on a career—while building your résumé, making professional connections, and earning college credits—through an internship or cooperative education placement. Students in the Writing and Literature program have gotten hands-on experience at Channel Thirteen, Time Out New York, Oxygen television network, the Manhattan borough president’s office, and other locations.

Writing Awards

Each year, cash and kudos go to the top student-writers in an awards program sponsored and judged by the English department faculty. The entrants in three categories—journalism, creative writing, and academic writing—are celebrated with an afternoon of readings by the winners and keynote speeches by such notable writers as novelist Elizabeth Nunez and nationally syndicated newspaper columnist Roger Hernandez.

Student Publications

Online or in print, get published at BMCC. Students in the Writing and Literature program enjoy two venues for publication of their poetry and prose: a web-based magazine with content that changes monthly and an annual print journal called Poetry…Mostly. And, because all submissions are reviewed and selected for publication by faculty members, you’ll learn firsthand how the publication process works before seeing your name in print.

Professional Perspectives

Want straight talk from professionals in publishing, advertising, public relations, and journalism? You’ve got it, thanks to career events featuring on-campus appearances by leading figures in the literary field. A few of the notables who’ve dropped by: Robert Pinsky, former US poet laureate;
E. Ethelbert Miller, poet laureate of Washington, DC; David Gunderson, playwright; David Klass, screenwriter; and Robert McDowell, publisher of Story Line Press.

Faculty Connections

Taking learning out of the classroom and into the workplace is a hallmark of the Writing and Literature program. Faculty connections to the professions make it possible. “Many of us are professors who have been actively involved in career fields,” says M. Claire Pamplin, who teaches journalism at BMCC and is the former editor-in-chief of a leading retail trade magazine. Students get valuable insights when faculty members call on former colleagues to welcome interns, speak in classrooms, and host workplace visits.

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