Welcome to the University Libraries!
Mason graduate students are cordially invited to meet subject librarians and other research specialists at our Food for Thought at Fenwick Graduate Students Open House. You can get an overview of key research resources, services and tools, tour Fenwick Library, and enjoy a free boxed lunch supper. (Limited supply. Don’t miss out!) Discover what the University Libraries have for you – and your success at Mason.

  • Fenwick Library, 2nd Floor Conference Room
  • September 3
  • 4-7 pm

The Paris Review has been giving writers the chance to speak about their own work for decades. These interviews, which are a wonderful way to get insight into writers and their process, have been collected into an ongoing series. The Mason Libraries has several volumes available for check out  – here’s a link to the Mason Libraries catalog record with more information: http://magik.gmu.edu/cgi-bin/Pwebrecon.cgi?BBID=201285

For more recent “Writers at Work” interviews, see The Paris Review’s website; complete online access to the Paris Review for Mason affiliates is also available here through the Mason Libraries.

paris review


The Fenwick Fellowship is awarded annually to a Mason faculty member to pursue a research project that uses and enhances the University Libraries’ resources while advancing knowledge in his or her field. Tenured, tenure-track, and term (multi-year appointment) faculty at George Mason University are eligible and encouraged to submit proposals. It is requested that previous Fenwick Fellow awardees do not submit proposals.

The Fellowship provides:

One award of $5,000 to be used for the acquisition of library research materials that may be needed for the Fellow’s research project, as well as associated research costs (e.g., research assistant support, survey costs, defrayal of conference costs when specifically required for the Fellow’s research project, and other related incidental costs).
Use of an office in Fenwick Library for the term of the Fellowship (August 25, 2014 – August 7, 2015).

The Fenwick Fellowship application deadline is Friday, April 25, 2014. The 2014-2015 Fenwick Fellow will be announced at the start of the Fall academic term. University Libraries sponsor a public lecture by the Fenwick Fellow in the Spring term following the completed fellowship.

For additional information, please contact Debra Hogan, Executive Assistant to the University Librarian, at 703-993-2491 or dhogan1@gmu.edu.

Link to guidelines: http://library.gmu.edu/about/ul/fenguide1415.php
Link to University Librarian’s Announcement: http://library.gmu.edu/about/ul/AnnounceCompetition14-15.pdf



A couple of interesting NPR stories:



Doing NaNoWriMo? Check out the NaNoWriMo InfoGuide for library resources to help you make it through!


National Poetry Month

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Apr 052013

April is National Poetry Month, one time (among many) to celebrate all things poetical. Here are some places to go:

National Poetry Month logo



researcgSometimes enthralling, often frustrating, background research can make a big difference to the success of a creative writing project. Here’s a new guide for doing background research for creative writing projects.

(You can also get to it via the “Poetry,” “Fiction,” and “Non-Fiction” navigation tabs above.)



Mt. Rushmore

It’s Monumental: Presidents Day Graduate Research Workshops

Mason graduate students are welcome to attend Library Graduate Research Workshops on Monday, February 18, 2013.

The current schedule of workshops for the day is available at http://library.gmu.edu/learn

Bring a topic – bring a friend!


Experimental, amusing, or beautiful, artist books are art in book form, intersections between image and text. They may include books with handmade bindings or letter press printing, books in the shape of triangles, or even sculptures. Difficult to define, they are best experienced in person.

Join us for an artist books exhibit at the University Libraries’ Special Collections and Archives at Fenwick Library on the Fairfax campus. A Fall for the Book event, the the exhibit is currently open during regular library hours.

Espresso Pot 6 Ways by Laura Davidson (photo courtesy of Laura Davidson)


Interesting article from The Nation on Amazon.com’s impact on the book publishing business:

The Amazon Effect (by Jeff Wasserman)

Wasserman discusses Amazon’s recent efforts to get into the book publishing business, and what that might mean for the industry and writers.


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