December 7, 2001
Calaveras Station gets student writers
As a writer, the process of publishing
your work is a tremendous undertaking of time and patience.
But the reward of seeing your name and ideas in print is worth
a thousand words.
CSUS students have the opportunity to learn the process right
here on campus with the English department's literary journal
Calaveras Station. Students from all disciplines and
departments submit their poetry, critical analysis, prose,
fiction and plays to be reviewed for publication.
"The submission procedure is no different than that of
The New Yorker. Of course, there are many more submissions
to The New Yorker but the process is the same,"
says Joshua McKinney, an English professor and oft-published
writer. He and fellow English professor Doug Rice provide
guidance to the student editorial staff, which often works
on a shoestring budget.
"Students learn about layout and design, and get editorial
experience, which is hard to come by. They have to impartially
read each submission, which hopefully teaches them to take
great care with words," McKinney says.
Founded five years ago, Calaveras Station gives students
a glimpse into the professional writer's world.
"It gives students a necessary venue for their work and
a window into the real world of professional writers. It also
prepares them for the competitive process of getting published,"
Aside from the glory of seeing their names in print, students
whose work is published in the journal also become part of
the English department's teaching curriculum.
"I use some of the text in my classes and it motivates
my students," McKinney says. "It encourages them
to think, 'I can write something like that.' "
For more details call the English department at 278-6586.
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