Today’s guest post is by Emily Mack! Emily is a junior English Education major and Creative Writing minor here at BSU. Although “What Are You Writing?” is no longer a regular feature on this blog, I still allow guests posts! If you are interested in doing one, shoot me an email!
So tell me about your writing style. Which genres do you prefer to write in and why?
Has any of your work been published yet? When are you hoping to get published?
This summer I interned with the Indiana Writers Center youth outreach Building a Rainbow Project. In addition to getting to work with great kids and teens, one of my pieces was in the book we published with them. Other than that, I have not officially been published yet. I’ve won a few contests, but haven’t seriously pursued publication. I also keep a blog where I share my musings on education, books and writing, Christianity, friendships, and disability advocacy, although I’m not very consistent about updating it. (Read more about Emily’s experience with the Indiana Writers Center here!)
What does writing do for you? What do you get out of it?
What projects are you working on right now?
I have a few plates in the air, but there’s one I’m particularly excited about. I’m expanding a piece I wrote last semester for a class about the representation of people with disabilities in Young Adult Literature. Now, under the guidance of two of my favorite professors, I’m taking a step away from the books and exploring the disconnect between what pre-service teachers need to be prepared for a diverse classroom and what they actually learn. This piece will braid together my ample experience with people with disabilities with reflection on my training thus far at Ball State. It’s still in the early stages but I’m extremely excited to see where it goes!