Volume III: Widener University

Collaboration

Reflections

 

"The FUSE 2019 Conference was enjoyable. The campus was spacious and beautiful, albeit, freezing cold to my Californian blood! Nevertheless, it was worth it. I was exposed to so many likeminded individuals that I left the event with inspiration and friends, two very important things as a young writer. I enjoyed the conference, from working on storytelling to seeing what individual colleges had to share, it was greatly educational".

 

                                          - Timothy Cala

                                                       UCLA

 

Guest Speaker

Lavda at FUSE

The FUSE Conference began with an emotional performance by storyteller and writer Nimisha Ladva. Through using comical voice impersonations of her parents and detailing heart-breaking conversations with her mother-in-law, Nimisha presented an enthralling set of stories about her life experiences. She demonstrated a mastery of the art and had the entire room laughing as well as tearing up.

 

Nimisha also led a workshop that challenged writers to dive into their personal experiences and approach topics they've never written about before. She structured the workshop so that students would meet and interact with others while sharing story ideas. Nimisha truly emphasized the benefits of collaboration, especially with other writers who are all willing to learn and grow. 

About Lavda

Nimisha Ladva is a storyteller and writer. Her storytelling has been featured on NPR's Newsworks and on the Risk and First Person Arts Podcasts. She has been invited to tell stories at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the National Museum of Jewish American History, and the Philadelphia Free Library. She has won the First Person Arts Storytelling Grandslam and has been a finalist in the Philadelphia Moth storytelling grand slam. her first play When Sita's Daughters Cross the Line debuted at the Painted Bride Short Play Festival in August 2015. Nimisha's short stories have been published in the US and the UK. She conducts workshops and presentations on both storytelling and oral communication and is currently visiting Assistant Professor of Writing and English at Harvard College 

"Nimisha also led a workshop that challenged writers to dive into their personal experiences and approach topics they've never written about before. She structured the workshop so that students would meet and interact with others while sharing story ideas. Nimisha truly emphasized the benefits of collaboration, especially with other writers who are all willing to learn and grow".

 

-Kristina Seavey

Susquehanna University

 

Panels

Editorial Discussions

An Elaboration on Collaboration: Increasing Partnership through Creative Engagement

Francesca Maslin, Cabrini University

Kayla Hunt, Cabrini University

Grayson Uckele, Cabrini University

Joanna Damiani, Cabrini University

Noel Davenport, Cabrini University

Jennifer Schulle, Cabrini University

Kiera Rodriguez, Cabrini University

We All Snap Together: Collaboration in Slam Poetry

Richard Berwind, Susquehanna University 

Kayla Bush, Susquehanna University

Small-Press Collaboration

Patrick Durney, Susquehanna University

Jordyn Taylor, Susquehanna University

Jason Ferris, Susquehanna University

Collaboration, Continuity, and Community: Literary Magazines at Geneseo

Nicole Callahan, SUNY Geneseo

Lara Mangino, SUNY Geneseo

Natalie Hayes, SUNY Geneseo

The Many Faces of Editing: Editing Across Publications

Rebecca Williamson, SUNY Geneseo

Lillian Simons, SUNY Geneseo

Walter Hoag, SUNY Geneseo

Spencer Iovoli, SUNY Geneseo

Friends vs. Colleagues: How to Avoid Cronyism in a College Setting

Nicole Kosar, Ursinus College

Lara Mangino, SUNY Geneseo

Collaborating with Contributors to Widener Ink

Sarah De Kok, Widener University 

Miranda Miller, Widener University

Turf Wars or Common Ground? How a Family of Publications Balances Collaboration with Competition

Megan Gow, Penn State   

Steve Schneibl, Penn State

Creative Workshops

Writing Collaborative Flash Fictions

Megan Corkery, Widener University

Kira Marie Smith, Widener University

Mason Sontag, Widener University 

Ty Swinehart, Widener University

FUSE Exquisite Corpse

Jamie Kahn, Cedar Crest College 

Elizabeth Mietz, Cedar Crest College

From Callous to Collaboration: the Art of the Constructive Rejection Letter

Chelsea Olsen, UCLA

Timothy Calla, UCLA

"If you have some power, then your job is to empower somebody else."

~Toni Morrison

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