F113. How Writing Programs Can Meaningfully Utilize Social Media in an Age of Branding, Over-saturation, and Decreasing Admissions

Room 200 F&G, Level 2
Friday, April 10, 2015
9:00 am to 10:15 am


This panel will discuss different ways that writing programs and journals can use social media to recruit, advocate, teach, and promote literary citizenship. Panelists will discuss their experiences and best practices for established and emerging digital mediums (Facebook, Twitter, etc.). In an age of "branding," over-saturation, and decreasing admissions, how can programs and editors use social media meaningfully? This panel will provide practical advice, as well as thoughts on the digital future.



Robert Stevens teaches and serves on the social media subcommittee at the University of Pittsburgh. As fiction and web co-editor, Stevens helped redesign Fourth River's website and led social media initiatives at the journal from 2010-2013. Stevens publishes under the name Robert Yune.

Robyn Coggins, currently an editor at Longform and associate editor at Pitt Med magazine, has managed social networking pages since 2011. She helped select #cnftweet Tiny Truths stories for publication at Creative Nonfiction.

Kinsley Stocum is the founding poetry editor and web/layout designer for the fledgling online lit mag IDK Magazine. She retired her positions as associate and artwork editor for the Fourth River and Rachel Carson fellow for Chatham's MFA program in creative writing when she graduated in May of 2014. 

Terry L. Kennedy is the author of the poetry collections New River Breakdown and Until the Clouds Shatter the Light that Plates Our Lives. He currently serves as the associate director of the graduate program in creative writing at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and is editor of storySouth.


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