As a community, students not only work individually on their creative efforts but on a variety of project-based efforts that emphasize real-world results.
The RWU literary magazine, Mount Hope, is produced by our Literary Publishing course. The magazine publishes the work of prominent and emerging writers from across the United States. Overseen by a faculty editor, the magazine is produced by the students themselves. The Literary Publishing course can be taken repeatedly; students who return rise in the ranks with the most senior of these taking the title of Managing Editor. Students read submissions, select which will be in the magazine, work with authors on editing and proofing, lay out the magazine and follow the production process. Mount Hope publishes Fall and Spring issues.
In addition to the departmental initiative, students in the program also produce their own literary journal, which publishes student work and is edited, designed and produced by the students, an activity funded by the office of the RWU president.
The PEN Collaborative focuses on literary citizenship. In collaboration with PEN American Center, students work as the case-responsible entity for imprisoned international writers, with the overall objective of working to free the writers. The students engage in hands-on advocacy, including contacts with legislators, media outreach, letter writing, presentations, and working directly with other groups also invested in the case.
Since 2005, students in the PEN Collaborative have worked on cases involving journalists, poets, and bloggers, from Tibet, Egypt, Vietnam, and Cuba. Two of these efforts led directly to the release of imprisoned authors.