book cover newSCAD Writing professor Harrison Scott Key is barnstorming across the North American landmass this summer, in support of his new memoir, The World’s Largest Man, and the second leg of his tour kicks off next week. His book talks are fun, free, weird, and sometimes include prizes, so if you’re in any of these areas, come out, support these great indie bookstores, and ask Harrison an unanswerable question during the Q&A.

 

 

Upcoming dates

July 8: Charleston, S.C. (Blue Bicycle Books)
July 9: Raleigh, N.C. (Quail Ridge Books)
July 11: Richmond, Va. (Fountain Bookstore)
July 14: New York, N.Y. (KGB Bar)
July 15: Brooklyn, N.Y. (WORD Bookstore)
July 17: Fayetteville, Ark. (Nightbird Books)
July 18: Little Rock, Ark. (South on Main)
July 20: Dallas, Texas (The Wild Detectives)
July 22: Austin, Texas (BookPeople)
July 24: New Orleans, La. (Octavia Books)

For more information on event times, check out Harrison’s book tour page.

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Nick Offerman, of Parks and Recreation fame, will read from his second book on July 9th at SCADShow. Offerman’s first book, Paddle Your Own Canoe, was a NYT’s best seller, and his second book, Gumption: Relighting the Torch of Freedom with America’s Gutsiest Troublemakers, has received many positive reviews. Our friends at Paste conclude: “[Offerman] writes with both humor and gravity, mixing anecdotes revealing his steadfast adoration for his wife Megan Mullally with astute commentary on politics and religion.”

The reading, which will be followed by a Q and A, starts at 7 p.m. and is free for SCAD students, faculty, and staff. For more information, please contact Catherine Ramsdell.

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SCAD organized a “Conversation with the Creatives” event at Refinery 29 in New York June 1. Writing department alumna Nicole Monforton (left) interviewed Refinery 29 editor-in-chief Christene Barberich (right) for the benefit of SCAD prospective students from the High School of Fashion Industries.
Refinery 29

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While some of us are enjoying a little quiet time in between quarters, many of SCAD Atlanta’s writing students have already jumped into their summer internships.

Kristofer Seppala and Scott Russell are both interning at Paste, and even though their internships just started, both of them have already amassed a sizable number of clips. Check out Kristofer’s work here and Scott’s work here.

Glennis Lofland was awarded the McPherson Implementing Local Redevelopment Authority Communications Graduate Fellowship and started her internship several weeks ago. Glennis will be creating web and social media content, assisting with special events, and creating presentations.

Shelley Danzy started her editorial internship at Collinson Media this week. Collinson Media “is a premier marketing company specializing in travel and tourism” and is the publisher of several award-winning magazines.

Manseen Logan will interning at the Chattanooga Chamber of Commerce (where SCAD Atlanta writing alum Sybil Topel is the Vice President of Marketing and Communications). Manseen will be writing and editing materials for online publication.

Congratulations to all of you!!

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Men and women use language differently. The communication rules of the workplace have changed, and failure to play by the new rules can derail career success. Connie Glaser’s lecture, “Cracking the Gender Communications Code,” uses humor and insight to provide a new game plan that builds on the strengths that both men and women bring to the table.

Join us for this Art of the Mind Lecture Series event:

Tonight, Tuesday, May 26

5:00 p.m.

Arnold Hall Auditorium

Free and Open to the Public

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KeyJoin SCAD Professor and MFA Alum Harrison Scott Key as he reads from his new HarperCollins memoir, “The World’s Largest Man,” a riotous story of a bookish Mississippi boy and his Bunyanesque father.

Today, May 19

5:00 P.M.

SCAD Museum of Art Theater

Reading,  Q & A Session, Book Signing and Refreshments

Free and Open to the Public

The Buzz…

“Consistently seasoned with laughs, this memoir is adroitly warm and deep… An uncommonly entertaining story replete with consistent wit and lethal weaponry.” (Kirkus Reviews (starred review))

“I tried calling him to tell him, ‘That’s not how I remember it,’ but he cried, ‘Mom, it’s MY book!'” (Harrison’s mom)

“It reads like fiction that is too crazy to be anything but truth. Fans of memoir, personal essays, and humor writing will devour this in one sitting.” (Library Journal)

“I haven’t read it yet.” (Harrison’s wife)

“What I have read of Harrison Key’s memoir makes me want to read more.” (Roy Blount Jr., Author of Long Time Leaving: Dispatches from Up South)

“Both laugh-out-loud funny and observant about the ways we become our parents while asserting ourselves, The World’s Largest Man is a wise delight.” (BookPage)

“Harrison Key will make you laugh and cry in his compelling essays. And whatever emotion he evokes, you will admire the style, grace and clarity of his prose.” (Lee Gutkind, Founder and Editor of Creative Nonfiction)

“I haven’t laughed like this in years. I felt like I stumbled upon an undiscovered treasure when I read Harrison Scott Key’s The World’s Largest Man. I couldn’t wait to tell my friends. Rare hilarity, indeed, in these asinine times.” (Neil WhiteAuthor of In the Sanctuary of Outcasts)

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Cinda Williams Chima works with students at Ivy Hall

SCAD Atlanta’s writing program had a great seventh week of the quarter. On Monday, award-winning YA author Cinda Williams Chima spoke with students about creating memorable characters. Later in the day, she gave a lecture on worldbuilding at SCADShow. Chima is the author of two bestselling high fantasy series: The Heir Chronicles and the Seven Realms series. In 2016, her first book in a new series, The Shattered Realms, will be published by Harper Collins.

 

On Thursday, SCAD Atlanta hosted over 300 employers at Out To Launch, a career fair with a twist, and SCAD Atlanta’s writing students had a fabulous night. They networked, made industry contacts, and spoke with dozens of companies looking to hire writers. rebeccatweetSCAD Atlanta’s alumni mentor Kerry Burke, who teaches at Reinhardt University and is a freelance writer, stopped by earlier in the day to offer feedback on the displays. Burke also had lunch with graduate students and talked with students about teaching at the college level.

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Join Seersucker Live and the SCAD writing department for this literary reading event complete with comedy, music and culture, hosted by Seersucker Live founders Christopher Berinato and Zach Powers. Readers will include SCAD Writing professors Beth Concepcion, Andrea Goto, Lee Griffith, James Lough and Jonathan Rabb. The show will also feature guest readers Laura Davenport and Alexis Orgera.

Savannah, Georgia 31401

 

Part literary reading and part talk show, Seersucker Live is a quarterly series of reading performances spotlighting literature in Savannah, bringing together authors from around the nation, area students and a diverse audience for an evening of art and entertainment.

This event, sponsored by the writing department, is free and open to the public.

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Union Mission is seeking a marketing, PR and social media intern at its Fahm Street headquarters in Savannah, Georgia.  The person in this position is responsible for assisting with the development of overarching marketing and PR strategy, as well as content creation and implementation for Union Mission’s newsletter and social media accounts.

Union Mission is a nonprofit organization focused on preventing and ending homelessness in the greater Savannah area.  On a monthly basis, Union Mission provides 7,500 shelter nights, 20,000+ meals and supportive services such as counseling, recovery services and employment training.  Union Mission’s goal is to encourage the growth of the individual and by doing so, permanently eliminate their homelessness.

The ideal candidate will be available to commit to 20 hours per week.

Responsibilities
·         Work with leadership to develop an overarching marketing, PR and social media strategy
·         Develop and post impactful content to Union Mission’s social media accounts
·         Contribute content for quarterly newsletter; assist with layout and design
·         Assist with editorial calendar management and planning
·         Monitor and respond to social media comments appropriately and promptly
·         Identify opportunities for Union Mission to build its social media presence; increase traffic and brand awareness
·         Cultivate a rich following across all Union Mission social media channels
·         Conduct analysis to better strategize posts as necessary

Desired Skills and Experience
·         Strong written and verbal communication skills
·         Strong organizational skills and attention to detail a must
·         Extensive knowledge of social media best practices; avid and sophisticated user of social media
·         Must be proficient with Microsoft Word
·         Working knowledge of InDesign and WordPress is preferred
·         Demonstrated ability to be collaborative and innovative
·         A self-starter, with a positive and enthusiastic approach to all tasks and challenges

Contact Laura Lane McKinnon for more information or to apply.

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Hamish Bowles, Vogue’s international editor-at-large, will give an exclusive lecture about his 30-year career in fashion journalism. Bowles first wrote for Harpers & Queen before joining the staff of the American edition of Vogue in 1992.

A Q-and-A session will follow the lecture.

 

Thursday, May 7

10:am

SCAD Museum of Art Theater

601 Turner Blvd.

Savannah, GA 31401

This event is free and open to the public.

A shuttle will depart for the SCAD Museum of Art from Eckburg Hall at 9:30 a.m.

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