2013 Conference

Making Literature 2013

The William A. Fry Undergraduate Conference on Literature and Writing

February 28 – March 2, 2013

The Taylor University Department of English invited currently enrolled undergraduates to submit papers or creative pieces to the fourth biennial Making Literature Conference. The 2013 conference will be held from mid-morning on Thursday, February 28 through mid-afternoon on Saturday, March 2.

Conference participants will have the unique opportunity to hear from and interact with students from many colleges and universities.

(Registration is now open!)


Bret Lott
Author of Jewel and other novels, short stories, and nonfiction

Harold (Hal) Bush
President of the Conference on Christianity and Literature
Author of books on Mark Twain and Abraham Lincoln

Susanna Childress
Author of Entering the House of Awe
Winner of the Brittingham Prize in Poetry

Undergraduate submissions deadline:
(We are no longer accepting submissions.)

$250.00 for best critical essay
$250.00 for best creative writing

Conference cost:
$75.00 (payable by credit card at the registration site)

Limited free on-campus housing is available for students;
Best Western, Holiday Inn, and others are four miles from campus.


Please send any questions to: makingliteratureconference@gmail.com

Full schedule:

M a k i n g   L i t e r a t u r e

an undergraduate conference on literature and writing





8:00-5:00       Registration (Smith-Hermanson Music Center: Recital Hall Foyer)

10:30-10:45  Welcome (Smith-Hermanson Music Center: Recital Hall)

11:00-12:00  Student Sessions I

A. Identities (Metcalf Center, Room 002)

Diana Meakem (Taylor University)
“Identity and Paternity as Autobiography in Evelina

Kate Dwyer (Huntington University)
“Reconstructing Identities: Community in A Lesson Before Dying”

B. Genders (Reade Center, Room 240)

Jessica Kincaid (Malone University)
“Heroine, Villainess or Feminist?: The Depiction of Jean Muir in Louisa May Alcott’s ‘Behind a Mask’”

Joelle Kriebel (Huntington University)
“‘To die like a man’: The Reevaluation of Historical Messages of Manhood in A Lesson Before Dying

12:00              Lunch (Arthur L. Hodson Commons)

1:15-2:15       Student Sessions II

A. The Virtuous, The Good (Metcalf Center, Room 002)

Katy Kanas (Taylor University)
“Female Virtues in Captivity Narratives: Hannah Dustan and Charlotte Temple”

Roberta Fultz (Bethel University)
“What Makes Goodness Good?: Exploring Faith through Children of the Alley and The Brothers Karamazov

B. Unfamiliar Territory: Nonfiction and Fiction (Reade Center, Room 240)

Chelsea O’Donnell (Wheaton College)
“Damned Implications”

Sara Ellingsworth (Bethel University)
“Coming to Terms”

Diana Meakem (Taylor University)
“As the Water Flows”

2:30-3:30       Student Sessions III

A. Adaptations (Metcalf Center, Room 002)

Abigail Stocker (Bethel University)
“Text as Shaper of Worship: ‘O For a Thousand Tongues to Sing’”

Jacqueline Ristola (Calvin College)
“The Bride of Frankenstein: Adaptation and Mutability”

Tom Speelman (Calvin College)
“The Beautiful Irene Adler of Changing Memory”

B. Spaces, Shapes, Designs (Reade Center, Room 240)

Linnea White (Bethel University)
“‘What to Sight and Smell Was Sweet’: Flowers and Gardening in Paradise Lost

Katharine Chisolm (Taylor University)
“The Circle of Life, Loss, and Love in Wordsworth’s ‘Surprised by Joy’ and Austen’s Persuasion

Elise Vadnais (Wheaton College)
“The Psychology of Interior Design in The House of Mirth

3:30-4:00       Refreshments

4:00-5:30       Parnassus release party, with Parnassus award winners’ reading
(Euler Science Complex: Legacy Lounge—2nd  floor, east end of building)

6:00             Dinner (Arthur L. Hodson Commons)

7:30             Keynote address: Hal Bush (Smith-Hermanson Music Center: Recital Hall)




8:00-5:00       Registration (Smith-Hermanson Music Center: Recital Hall Foyer)

8:30-9:30       Student Sessions IV

A. Society and Morality (Reade Center, Room 241)

Kelley Scupham (Trinity International University)
Bleak House: Social Justice and Moral Responsibility”

Adam Corbin (Wheaton College)
“A Crisis of Conscience: Sympathetic Revelation in Huckleberry Finn

Samantha Reynolds (Wittenberg University)
“Homo ex Machina: Machinery and the Transformation of Migrant Farmers in Steinbeck’s The Grapes of Wrath

B. Juxtapositions (Reade Center, Room 240)

Anna Linhardt (Mt. Vernon Nazarene University)
“Fact or Fiction: A Comparative Analysis of As You Like It and Life of Pi

Jody Ford (Taylor University)
“Moll Flanders and Fantomina: Eighteenth-Century Female Voices”

Kara Heiniger (Taylor University)
“Loss and Gain in ‘Ode: Intimations of Immortality’ and ‘Lamia’”

10:00-10:50  Chapel: Bret Lott (Rediger Chapel/Auditorium)

11:00-12:00  Student Sessions V

A. Beauty, Truth, Love: Nonfiction (Metcalf Center, Room 002)

Alex Moore (Taylor University)
“Those Who Remain”

Adrienne Stout (Wittenberg University)
“Encounters with Love or Something”

Jeremy Paul (Taylor University)
“Love You. Love You Too”

B. Familiar Territory: Nonfiction and Fiction (Reade Center, Room 240)

Grace Mitchell (Indiana Wesleyan University)
“An Introduction to My Homeland and Me”

Taylor Burmeister (Wittenberg University)

Brita Crouse (Taylor University)
“Judgment Day”

12:00              Lunch (Arthur L. Hodson Commons)

1:15-2:15       Student Sessions VI

A. Short Stories (Reade Center, Room 240)

Colin Payton (Wittenberg University)
“A Night and Withdrawal” and “A Young Man Named Fish”

Zachary Brown (Olivet Nazarene University)
“The Great Why”

Chandler Birch (Taylor University)
“The Bottles”

B. Short Poems (Metcalf Center, Room 002)

Brita Crouse (Taylor University)
“Ready or Not,” “Snowfall,” and “On a Hazy Afternoon”

Trenton Heille (Calvin College)
“Traverse,” “Poem for Paul, 2012,” “Suburban Crusoe,” “Dream 176,” “In the Straw,” “Territory,” “Dance a Jig”

Brandon Pytel (Wittenberg University)
“circling god [parts 1 and 2],” “Navy Pier,” “talk to me,” “The End of an Afternoon,” “Ars Poetica”

Nick Rassi (Indiana Wesleyan University)
“Empty Bottles of Sky,” “A Heaven Without Me,” “with Urgency but not with Haste,” “Everyone lives but no one knows how,” “Private Education,” “Confessions”

2:30-3:30       Student Sessions VII

A. Reading Psychoanalytically (Metcalf Center, Room 002)

Stephanie Edens (Olivet Nazarene University)
“Is This the Real Life? Is This Just Fantasy?: Marlow’s Mental Journey into the Heart of Darkness

Nathaniel Nelson (Wheaton College)
“Dreams and Disillusionment in This Side of Paradise

Erin Coggin (Calvin College)
“When Words Are Not Enough: Expressing Trauma through Image in Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close

B. Questioning Nature and Culture (Reade Center, Room 240)

Nate Burdette (Taylor University)
“Questioning Cyclical Nature’s Trustworthiness in Coleridge and Shelley”

Corrie Baker (Calvin College)
“Say Goodbye to Your Old Self: The Poisonwood Bible and the Negative Effect of the Normative”

Trevor Brown (Wittenberg University)
“‘The Monster’: John Steinbeck’s Attack on Capitalism”

3:30-4:00       Refreshments

4:00-5:00       Reading: Susanna Childress (Metcalf Center, Room 002)

5:30                Dinner (Arthur L. Hodson Commons)

7:00               Keynote address: Bret Lott (Smith-Hermanson Music Center: Recital Hall)
                          Conference awards will also be announced.



9:30                 Refreshments (Smith-Hermanson Music Center: Recital Hall Foyer)

10:15-11:30  A Panel of Creative and Scholarly Editors: An Insider’s Look at Publishing
(Metcalf Center, Room 002)

Want to learn how to get published in magazines and journals? Or what goes into the production of a book? Come listen to professional editors. And bring your questions!


Brad Fruhauff is Editor-in-Chief of Relief Journal. He holds a PhD in English from Loyola University Chicago and teaches English at Trinity International University in Deerfield, IL.

Marci Whiteman Johnson teaches at Valparaiso University, where she serves as Poetry Editor for The Cresset. She is also the Poetry Editor for WordFarm Press. Her own first collection of poems won the Powder
Horn Prize and will be published by Sage Hill Press.

Beth Bevis is a graduate of Seattle Pacific University, where she later served as Program Coordinator for the SPU MFA program in creative writing. She is currently a doctoral student at IU Bloomington, where she is
Managing Editor of Victorian Studies.

11:45              Lunch (Arthur L. Hodson Commons)

1:00-2:30      Closing Event: A Reading by Bret Lott (Smith-Hermanson Music Center: Recital Hall)

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