From Matt Bryan —
The First-Year Composition Program’s journal of student writing, Stylus, has been going strong now for over five years, thanks to contributions from many students and faculty in our department. With the Fall semester approaching, I wanted to update you on some of what’s happening over at the journal.
First, very soon you’ll be noticing some updates to our website that the Stylus committee worked to develop in the Spring. These include a revamped “Issues” page intended to make it quicker for readers to access particular articles, “pop-out” descriptions that provide readers with brief description and some keywords when they roll over a particular piece, and search functionality. We hope these changes make the site easier for you and your students to use. If you or your students have any suggestions or ideas for the website—and the journal in general, for that matter—I hope you won’t hesitate to contact me or any members of the Stylus committee. As we keep adding more and more content to the site, we want to be sure that it remains easy and simple to find the great student writing housed there.
Second, with a new academic year comes new service opportunities, and so the Stylus committee is looking for new members. The conversations around the outstanding student work Stylus receives every semester are consistently some of my favorite of the year. They also make for a great way to get to know some of the other faculty in the department. If you’re interested in getting involved with the journal, we’d be happy to have you join us, so just let me know.
Finally, our submission deadline for Fall is Friday, August 28, so if you have student writing from any composition class at UCF that you’d like to submit for consideration, be sure to email that work and the student’s email address to stylus@ ucf.edu soon. We’re really conscious at the journal of making sure we’re publishing writing that’s representative of the diverse sort of work that’s happening across both ENC 1101 and 1102, and an abundance of submissions from many different classes will help us do that. So, if you haven’t submitted before (or if it’s been a while), I hope you’ll consider doing so.
Thanks for reading and don’t forget to check out the website at writingandrhetoric.cah.ucf.edu/stylus If you have any questions about or ideas for Stylus, please don’t hesitate to contact me. You can email me at Matthew.Bryan@ucf.edu.