Please submit applications by April 1st, 2015 via the survey linked below. Once you begin the application, you must complete and submit your answers. Incomplete applications will not be saved. You will need to be able to provide basic contact information and upload answers to the questions below, including a statement of interest. Please include your name in the header for both the manuscript questions and the statement of interest. You will also be asked to upload a copy of your resume or CV.
Please answer the following questions about the manuscript you would like to work with on the retreat:
- Describe the idea you’d like to share with readers of About Campus. What is innovative and thought-provoking about your idea? (Consider how your article relates to recent articles you’ve read. How is your idea different, and what gap does it fill?). What is your purpose (to inform, call to action, inspire, etc.)? Please be specific!
- The best About Campus articles often use compelling narratives to hook and connect with readers. What will be your strategy to capture the reader’s attention—hook them and reel them in—immediately in your opening sentence and paragraph? Successful hooks make the reader curious; some strong ones include anecdotes, thought-provoking quotes, and startling statistics or facts. Please be specific! For example, is there a specific interaction or experience you’ve had with a student that may help set the scene for readers?
- How will your idea engage a broad readership, including faculty across disciplines, student-affairs educators, and policymakers? For example, if your article is about residence life or another department in student affairs, what will a faculty member in English or engineering or a dean/department head find compelling about your idea? What will they learn about students and the student-learning experience? How can each of these groups use the information you provide? Share applicable suggestions, models, or specific recommendations that could be implemented.
Please compose a statement of interest (max 500 words) answering the following questions:
- What appeals to you about writing with About Campus?
- Why do you want to attend the writers retreat? What do you hope to learn or gain?
At the end of the survey, you will be asked to agree that, if you should be selected to attend the About Campus Writers Retreat, you will attend. Before applying, please ensure that you will be able to attend June 7th-10th, factoring in travel time to Blacksburg, VA. About Campus will maintain a list of alternates in case an emergency causes a selected participant to be unable to attend.