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On Dealing with Life by Dylan Owens

"Sometimes, life isn't about getting what you want; it's about surviving what you don't want."

On Wordsmithing and Chaplin and the Misplacement of the Soul by Jackie Brennan

"I know few things so disconcerting as a misplaced soul. How the hell does a soul go about defecting from our custody? What do we do to inspire it thus, to make it feel so estranged and unwelcome?"

The Writer's Room: From Coffee Shop to Small Screen by Tyler Morris

"All writers are in a relationship. A fiery, romantic, passionate relationship—with their characters, of course."

Confessions of a Part-time Baker by Bea Chua

"But fate has a reward system. For all those rude customers, long hours, crappy managers, and painful feet, fate gives you something in return. It’s impossible to tell when, but if you do your part, log in enough hours of misery, you eventually—inevitably?—reap the benefits."

Candy Crush Saga and Society: How One Game Has Exploited Our Technological Dependence to Achieve Unprecedented Success by Peter Belechak

"Candy Crush is a masterpiece...but it is making society forget how to lose."

Art for Consumers' Sake by Katherine Sederstrom

"Nine look like artistic photographs that suggest something enlightening about the human condition, but they literally and figuratively point to the glory of Nine West shoes."

The Impact of Sports Metaphors on the Media and Public Sphere by Daniel Vieth

"One of the problems with this overuse of sports metaphors is that the public starts to lose focus of the candidates’ platforms and positions, looking instead to how well they are doing in the polls."

A Healthy Mind by Stephanie Pasewaldt

"A healthy mind imprisoned by an impaired body can break a person. It can suck the life out of them—but only if they let it."

Life, Death, and Somewhere in Between by Giuliana Macaluso

"Life support creates a vague, artificial state of being that lies somewhere between life and death, complicating situations that would have otherwise been natural."

L.E.G.O.: Leave Everyone's Gender Out by Kristen Baker and Marta Vucci

" providing full walls and already assembled objects in these sets[,] Lego assumes that girls do not want to build their own worlds and thus takes away that essential element from Lego Friends completely, inhibiting girls’ creativity and sense of 'self-discovery'..."

Dog Food: Cooking as a JMU Student by Eryn Mann

"One of the trickiest parts of striking out on your own is sticking to a budget. No mom or dad to say 'No!' to buying Otis Spunkmeyer muffins, Doritos, Blue Bunny ice cream, and loaded potato skins all at once!"

Looking Toward the Future

The WRTC Journal is growing!

First there was e-Vision - Journal of First-Year Writing (2000 - 2012).

Then there was the Lexia Undergraduate Journal (2013 - 2017). 

What's next? That's what the WRTC 328 Practicum students will be deciding during the 2017 - 2018 academic year. Stay tuned as they explore rebranding and preparing the journal to accept submissions from students working in comparable, stand-alone writing studies programs in the U.S. Plans are underway to reopen submissions in the fall of 2018 with publication of the first issue in spring of 2019. 

Lexia Undergraduate Journal (2013 - 2017) 

The School of Writing, Rhetoric and Technical Communication launched a new journal and a new website in place of e-Vision in April 2013. Lexia was a student-run online journal that published innovative student work produced by students in The School of Writing, Rhetoric & Technical Communication. The mission was to publish a range of texts that best represent the students and faculty of WRTC, as well as the disciplines of writing, rhetoric and technical communications.

e-Vision - Journal of First-Year Writing (2000 - 2012)

In its inaugural year, e-Vision was produced by both students and members of The Writing Program faculty. A student editorial board, with nominal guidance from The Writing Program faculty, chose the eight essays published in the first issue. The careful selection process began with several meetings of the student editorial board in January of 2000, during which the board established the criteria used to evaluate and identify essays which best fulfilled expectations of excellence. The rubric, created by student editors, rated essays on the basis of their logical, thoughtful, incisive development of ideas expressed in clear, inventive, compelling voices of concern. Over the summer of 2000 and into the Spring 2001 semester, student editors read and selected from the 120 essays submitted to e-Vision by both Writing Program faculty and students involved in GWRIT 101 and 102 classes in the Spring 2000/Fall 2000 semesters.

Lexia Journals
Spring 2017 - Volume 5
Spring 2016 - Volume 4
Spring 2015 - Volume 3
Spring 2014 - Volume 2
Spring 2013 - Volume 1
2017-2018 Journal Staff

Connor Ham


Nathan Cleveland
Emma Friedman
Trudy Horsting
Samuel Jefferson
Lacie Knight
Sylvia Landis
Maryssa Mancuso
Abigail Mumma
Tabitha Sawyer
Saw Thein


Dr. Cathryn Molloy

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