From the Editor

On November 20, 2013, in Fall 2013, Newsletter, by wrtcalumni
Welcome to the Fall 2013 edition of the WRTC Alumni Newsletter! For this edition, our newsletter team focused on self-promotion. The growth of social media within recent years has pushed the concept of self-definition into the forefront of independent publication and freelancing in general. For writers, the myriad of new… [read more]

Do It Yourself

On November 20, 2013, in Fall 2013, Newsletter, by wrtcalumni
Corey Tierney (’15) Jon Kilner’s Book Publishing a novel is on the bucket list of many WRTC majors, but unfortunately the entailed process can be somewhat difficult. However, 2003 graduate Jon Kilner has found a way around this disheartening dilemma. Self-publishing, or “print on demand” through websites like Amazon.com, is… [read more]

Meet Our New Fearless Leader

On November 20, 2013, in Fall 2013, Newsletter, by wrtcalumni
Corey Tierney (’15) Dr. Zimmerman demonstrating Oxford Dictionaries’ 2013 word of the year: Selfie! Beginning this year, Dr. Traci Zimmerman has been named the interim director for the department of Writing, Rhetoric, and Technical Communication. David K. Jeffrey, Dean of the College of Arts and Letters at JMU, asked her… [read more]

5 Tips for Effective Self-Promotion, with WRTC Professor Dr. Alice Philbin

On November 20, 2013, in Fall 2013, Newsletter, by wrtcalumni
Corey Tierney (’15) Dr. Alice Philbin is retiring after next semester! Watch her goodbye video! WRTC graduates (and college graduates in general) should be skilled in the world of self-promotion when looking for a career. I sat down with professor Dr. Alice Philbin to discuss her five biggest tips on… [read more]

‘Cause you’re as Free as a Freelancer Now

On November 20, 2013, in Fall 2013, Newsletter, by wrtcalumni
Tess Simila (’14) Click on the above image to explore this prezi for tips on freelancing! As the WRTC major at JMU may have exposed you to various different career paths, you may find yourself in a career that is not too writing intensive. You might feel that itch of… [read more]

On Freelance Novel Writing with Lori Dixon

On November 20, 2013, in Fall 2013, Newsletter, by wrtcalumni
Lianne Minnis (’13) Lori Dixon is a published writer whose experience in freelance writing offers plenty of examples and advice for young, aspiring novelists. Upon walking to the doors of the charming 1800s house that she and her husband renovated 15 years ago, one is greeted instantly with Dixon’s smiling… [read more]

Tips for Beginning Freelance Writers

On November 20, 2013, in Fall 2013, Newsletter, by wrtcalumni
Lianne Minnis (’13) 10 Tips for Freelance Writers Starting a career in freelance writing can seem daunting. After all, the internet makes it seem that every other writer has accomplished the goals that seem impossible for you to achieve. Don’t be intimidated! Careers for freelance writers are still abundant. With… [read more]

Spring 2013 Newsletter

On April 23, 2013, in Newsletter, by wrtcalumni
From the Editor Greetings, and welcome to the Spring 2013 edition of the WRTC Alumni Newsletter. This season, the writing team has created a collection of feature and spotlight stories based on the idea of the interdisciplinary aspects of the WRTC major. Though the WRTC program focuses intently on writing… [read more]

Has LinkedIn Worked Out?

On April 23, 2013, in Newsletter, Spring 2013, by wrtcalumni
Mackenzie Kelley (’15)   If you could be a member of the same network as executives from all 2012 Fortune 500 companies, would you seize the chance? Millions of students and graduates already have by “linking in” to the professional networking site, LinkedIn. Launched in 2003 in the United States,… [read more]

Where in the World is WRTC?

On April 23, 2013, in Newsletter, Spotlight, Spring 2013, by wrtcalumni
Mackenzie Kelley (’15) West Africa is typically not the first place students think about taking their skills after graduation, but alumni Chad McCoull (’08) recognized that his expertise would be valued there. McCoull decided to travel to the developing country of Burkina Faso where he worked as a Peace Corps… [read more]

Mastering the Field

On April 23, 2013, in Newsletter, Spring 2013, by wrtcalumni
Mackenzie Kelley (’15) Martin Peterson (’05) “I think we should make it a surprise to those around us about how handy our skills can be,” said James Madison University (JMU) Alumni Martin Peterson (’05). Peterson, a graduate of the former Technical and Scientific Communication Department, conveyed these words about the… [read more]

Lexia: The New e-Vision

On April 23, 2013, in Newsletter, Spring 2013, by wrtcalumni
Lexia: The New e-Vision Kathryn Straub (’13) Do you remember e-Vision? Do you remember seeing flyers saying “write for e-Vision” all over the halls of Harrison? Maybe you wrote for e-Vision? If any of these statements apply to you, then you should know that e-Vision has undergone some exciting new… [read more]

Courtney Rutledge ‘11

On April 23, 2013, in Newsletter, Spotlight, Spring 2013, by wrtcalumni
Kathryn Straub (’13) Courtney Rutledge, age 23, graduated in 2011 with a concentration in Technical and Scientific Communication (TSC). She currently works as a copy editor at the American Geosciences Institute (AGI), in Fairfax, VA. Rutledge works with a team that maintains the GeoRef database. This particular database contains geoscience… [read more]

Tips For Getting Published

On April 23, 2013, in Newsletter, Spring 2013, by wrtcalumni
Kathryn Straub (’13)   Professor Cynthia Martin, the current adviser of Lexia, the undergraduate journal of Writing, Rhetoric and Technical Communication, offered some advice on getting published. These tips not only apply to Lexia, but can be used for getting published in any journal. “Look closely at the guidelines for… [read more]

Sarah Wolters, Novelist

On April 23, 2013, in Newsletter, Spotlight, Spring 2013, by wrtcalumni
Congratulations to WRTC alumni Sarah Wolters who has published an eBook titled Sassy Sonja, Virgin Bride. The story follows the life of Sonja Kent, a young musician who finds herself in an abusive marriage. Sonja struggles to find her voice under the crushing influence of her husband and religious pressures… [read more]

WRTC + ROTC = Over “C’s”

On April 22, 2013, in Newsletter, Spotlight, Spring 2013, by wrtcalumni
Brian Delaporte (’13) When applying for a job as a Writing, Rhetoric & Technical Communication graduate, have you ever considered a position in collaborating with United States Defense Industry partners to discuss defense sales abroad, working with the State Department on firearms export control issues or talking to U.S. Embassy… [read more]

Writing, Rhetoric and Racing?

On April 21, 2013, in Newsletter, Spotlight, Spring 2013, by wrtcalumni
Brian Delaporte (’13) Racing at Daytona Motor Speedway is what many consider to be the “Superbowl” of the sport of NASCAR. Similarly, cruising around in a Mercedes-Benz is what many consider to be driving the “luxury of all vehicles”. But driving a Mercedes-Benz at Daytona Motor Speedway? Those two things… [read more]