Professional Development

In 2019, the English MA program launched Mastering the Next Step, a professional development series that prepares graduate students for specific career paths. Sessions are lead by professionals across a variety of unique fields. Past speakers include:

  • Naomi Eagleson, Owner of The Artful Editor and author of Radiant Field, spoke about launching her own editing company 
  • Julia Lee, Author of The American Slave Narrative and the Victorian Novel, Our Gang: A Racial History of “The Little Rascals,” and By the Book, spoke about her experience getting published 
  • Guadalupe Montano, Academic editor and adjunct professor at USC and Cal State Dominguez Hills, spoke about working as a professional editor
  • K.J. Peters, Author of various academic articles and the textbook, The Argument Handbook, spoke about getting published as an academic author 
  • Linda Ruggeri, Nonfiction editor and co-author of, Stepping into Rural Wisconsin, spoke about professional editing 
  • Will Collie, General Manager at Edelman, presented a case study about executive positioning and social good
  • Nancy Oganezov, Social Media Strategist, hosted a workshop on social media for authors  
  • Jenny Ferguson, author of Border Markers, hosted a workshop on how to write a query letter   

LMU also hosts speakers throughout the year to educate, inspire, and entertain. Past speakers include:

  • Jamaica Kincaid, award-winning Antiguan-American novelist
  • Hanif Abdurraqib, author of Go Ahead in the Rain: Notes to a Tribe Called Quest
  • Yuval Taylor, writer and editor of nonfiction books about literature, performance, and music
  • Dorianne Laux, poet
  • Michelle Bitting, poet