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2018 News Glass Enclosures
May 10, 2018 : Writing Center publishes first online version of Glass Enclosures


The Ohio University Chillicothe Writing Center has published its first online version of Glass Enclosures. This publication is the seventh issue with the first six being print journals. Print copies of the seventh edition will be made available (by request) fall 2018.


This creative project emerged in 2011 as a new way of gathering and expressing work from The Fishbowl, which is another name for the Writing Center. Glass Enclosures samples the best of Ohio University Chillicothe’s students and alumni writing. There have been 130 contributions from the Chillicothe campus community.


Glass Enclosures serves as a recognized, professional venue showcasing the best fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and research on campus. Year-long projects invites collaborative student learning in the areas of generating new materials, peer-review, professional editing, book design, and the entire publishing process.


“This is my second year as editor and designer of Glass Enclosures. It gives students a space to explore and display their creative writings,” remarks, Morgan Bivens, who is also a graduating senior. “Over the past two years, I have seen how students use creative writings as a way to figure themselves and the world around them out. I think the writings are very reflective of the area we are in. Many pieces I have read discuss the struggles and experiences of living in Appalachia, and without the publication, students would not have an outlet to talk about these topics. As the publication grows, I think we will be able to create a community of writers.”


Fall launches provide performative readings of work from the current publication and signing opportunities.


Although the future of Glass Enclosures is uncertain, Debra Nickles, Assistant Professor of English and Coordinator of the Writing Center, shares, “I would love to have a genuine community of writers on campus who take themselves and their ideas seriously and then see that energy transformed on paper. It’s great to see students publish their polished pieces in print and then share that with friends, families, and local coffee shops in town.”


“This year the tutors and authors were able to work together on revisions, but in the future, we hope that the relationship between all contributors will be more than emails,” shares Bivens. “We have writer workshops and weekly meetings that could be used as a way to bring students together.”


Creative writing has come a long way over the last few years, due in part to Dr. Toni Vinci, Assistant Professor of English. Vinci has taught three sections of creative writing the last few spring semesters and with that there has been a tremendous increase of interest in fiction writing because of his classes.


Nickles shares, “Creative writing interest in the Writing Center ebbs and flows each year with the type of tutors we have and their own personal drives. Right now, there are several tutors who are interested in traditional, analytical papers but there are also many students playing with poetry this semester.”


Dr. Veena Kasbekar, Professor of English, has been reading some fantastic pieces in her Introduction to Poetry and Drama class and quite a few students read from their own poetry during Spring Fling this year. Nickels remarks, “I am curious to see if these students can keep others motivated on campus this fall.”


Students are encouraged to submit an entry in Glass Enclosures. Students that submit exercise creative thinking, voice, confidence, and aesthetic productions. It also helps students compiling the publication gain skills in editing, design, and collaboration.


Students interested in submitting for publication should follow the below guidelines.  


➢  Submit all written work both electronically and in hard copy (art will need to be

converted digitally, see below) to the Writing Center Aug. 27-Feb. 27 during normal operating hours.

➢  The following format files are acceptable for documents: Microsoft Word and Rich

Text Format. We will not accept PDF files. MLA is preferred. Art submissions must be converted to digital formats; query the Writing Center to negotiate specifics

➢  Multiple submissions are welcomes; follow a 2500-word limit for written work

➢  A Writer’s Workshop, by invitation, will follow the deadline. Writers and artists will be

notified of acceptance to the journal via email.

➢  Upon notification of acceptance, submit a brief bio including name, major, writing

experience, and notes of interest. Aim for 150 works written in third person.


Bivens commented, “I have enjoyed working on Glass Enclosures and I am very excited to see what the new editor and designer, Christianna Hines, will do with the publication in the next year.”


Compiled and edited by the Writing Center, this newest volume is dedicated to the hundreds of potential student writers who can be seen through the conspicuous glass windows of the Stevenson building. Your stories, your words matter.


To view the seventh edition of Glass Enclosures, please visit here.