George Mason University’s creative writing program has recently announced the creation of Watershed Lit: Center for Literary Engagement and Publishing Practice. This new center “represents a commitment to the dynamic ways literature connects people” as well as to students’ professional development. The name emerged from the importance of place and a connection to geography.
Gregg Wilhelm, director of Mason Creative Writing, says “if students graduate from the program without being more thoroughly prepared for the job market, we think that’s a disservice. The many ways students can get involved with Watershed Lit make for unique experiential learning, resume building opportunities.” With the new center, students will be able to explore traditional publishing, digital publishing, literary arts festival management, the evolving roles of literary journals, and so much more.
Watershed Lit’s leadership team consists of representatives of the English Department and the partner enterprises: Fall for the Book, Stillhouse Press, Cheuse Center for International Writers, Poetry Daily, Northern Virginia Writing Project, phoebe, and So to Speak.