UNG’s writing and publication major has only been around since 2013, so opportunities to learn about publishing are still not quite as plentiful as we’d like. And the journalism school at UNG is wonderful, but what if you want to cross over into academic writing, or even fiction or memoir in the future? Where can you turn for more experiences to help you hone your degree and get your money’s worth? Well, The Chestatee Review offers an incredible option: Get an internship with a literary magazine!
The Chestatee Review internship can be completed by passing two fun and relatively easy classes that will put you right in the middle of a lit journal’s inner sanctum. But, you don’t have to be in it for an internship to participate. The Review welcomes any students who only want to take the first course in the sequence, or who just want to be members of the Chestatee Review club. The club is a great option for people whose schedules are too demanding for them to be at every meeting, though we typically only meet about once every two weeks while we complete our work individually and correspond via UNG email.
The first course is called Magazine Production I, and we have it every fall. This is when we start gathering writing and art submissions from students to prepare them to be sent off to the judges. And of course lots of other things go on in the fall, like planning for open mics, making flyers and announcements, working out the budget, and generally beginning to plan a layout. The following spring semester is when things speed up as we prepare to release the new issue, so fall is much more laid back–a good entry point for people new to the whole experience.
The second course that students need to complete for the internship is called Magazine Production II. Like I said, it’s more intense as it is the peak of our publishing season, but it really is such a cool experience that most students don’t have any problem keeping up. Besides, The Chestatee Review is the kind of publication where you can be in the class just to participate on a basic level, or choose to step up and request more responsibility. There’s always more of that to go around anyway. 😉
As with most things in adulthood, you’ll get more out of your time with The Chestatee Review if you put more effort into it, and you’ll come to a deeper understanding of why publishing is so exciting! And the best part is, when the glossy, polished new issue comes out, you’ll feel like you helped create something beautiful, and something that is bigger than the sum of its parts.
To join, just send an email over to Professor Ezekiel Black at: email@example.com, or to Amanda Dazzo at: firstname.lastname@example.org. Amanda and Professor Black are based on the Gainesville campus, but don’t worry, The CR has meetings on every campus (we just teleconference the whole thing so everyone gets to communicate). You can email either of them to express interest in the class or the club, and they’ll take you from there. Just remember to register for Magazine Production I to be in the class. Registration is open until this Friday, July 28th, then it opens again for drop/add on August 16th, five days before the first day of classes.