Publishing, Journalism, and Freelance Writing

Professional Resources and Associations

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Alum Voices

  • Emily Krump graduated from CSB in 2006 and works in New York City as a commercial fiction editor at William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollins.
  • Emily Schuster graduated from CSB in 2009 and now works as an associate trainer for Panera Bread whose non-demanding schedule allows her time to work on her fiction, her poetry, and on her wordpress blog.

She writes, "My English degree from St. Ben's has been invaluable in starting my career as a writer. Currently I write mostly flash fiction, a form introduced to me in one of my English classes. In my final semester I took a class on the past, present, and future of the novel with Sr. Mara Faulkner, in which we studied blogs and other new forms literature is taking. If not for this class, I do not think I would have the confidence or knowledge to start a literature blog. This class taught me so much about how to reach my audience in this era of technologically advanced media. Additionally, the opportunity to write a senior thesis was a great stepping stone in my career as a writer. For my thesis I wrote a novella, which I hope to work further on in the future."

  • Mackenzie Lobby graduated from CSB in 2005 and has been working as a freelance journalist for five years. Upon graduation she worked as an editor for a book publisher and began freelancing on the side. She has her own website:

She writes, "Through working, and then graduate school, I slowly built up my freelancing business and I now write full-time. My CSB/SJU education helped to foster both the writing skills and confidence in my work that have allowed me to thrive as a freelancer. Everything from creative short story writing to comparative literature essays helped lay the groundwork for what I now do every day."

  • Sara Trent graduated from CSB in 2008, and after graduation was an independent volunteer in Tanzania for 9 months, working specifically with the library of an all-girls secondary school. She cleaned and organized their school books, making it easier for staff and students to find the materials they were looking for. Since returning to the United States, she now works for two second-hand/antiquarian bookstores in Stillwater, MN. The first is Loome Theological Booksellers, the world's largest second-hand theological bookstore, housed in an old Swedish Covenant Church. The second is St. Croix Antiquarian Booksellers, located on Main Street Stillwater.

She writes, "In addition to books, we also have a large collection of Victorian architectural prints. I advertise these prints, as well as process and ship the orders for them. I also act as a sales associate for the store. When I am not occupied with the bookstores, I also substitute at the Stillwater Public Library as either a shelver or a circulation assistant."

  • Jolene Brink graduated from CSB in 2009 and since April 2010 has been the personal sidekick of a professional business coach in Minneapolis ( She is her copywriter, marketing assistant, and occasional video editor and, among other things, writes her weekly email campaigns and develops logistics for her online coaching classes. Jolene also started writing web copy for the Minneapolis-based matchmaking company Pairings Group and manages their social media accounts (e.g., Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn).

She writes, "I'm also in the process of launching my own copy writing business, expanding my pool of clients and hiring fellow Bennies and Johnnies to help me with my editing work. On the side, I'm working on a book of poetry about my experiences in India, saving up money for my yet-to-be-determined MFA graduate program (I am planning to apply next fall), and getting ready for my August 2011 Wedding with John Smith ('09). My long-term goal is to teach creative writing at a University, but I'm having a lot of fun right now learning about business, entrepreneurship, and working from home Monday to Friday in my slippers and drinking lots of French Press coffee."