© 2019 by Lauren Magnussen

Writing

Criticism

When I'm at my best, I'm writing something meaty and labyrinthine - a piece of work with a strong thesis and hefty amounts of research to go with it. I love synthesizing sources and doing the leg work of writing and editing a paper or manuscript. I'm not one to get intimidated by lengthy footnotes or long bibliographies, especially when I'm working for professors and professional writers. I've selected the following pieces based on my substance of argument, originality, and relevance to social politics that speak to wider topics of race, sexuality, gender, and class.

Writing Honors and Experiences
  • Granted the position of Graduate Teaching Assistant at George Mason University in January 2019.

  • Presented at the 2019 Melungeon Heritage Association Conference in Wytheville, Virginia.

  • Invited to present at the 2019 George Mason Graduate Interdisciplinary Conference in Arlington, Virginia.

  • Currently a columnist for Around Reston Magazine, writing primarily on community activism, the arts, and local politics in Northern Virginia.

  • Copyeditor and research assistant for Dr. Suzanne Raitt's annotated edition of Virginia Woolf's Orlando, published for the Cambridge University Press in August 2018. I proofread and provided information on context, history, and connections to other texts.

  • Research Assistant for Dr. Kara Thompson on her upcoming book, Memories of the Future.

  • Presented "Of Furs and Lace" at the June 2016 National Edith Wharton Society Conference in Washington, D.C.

  • "Of Furs and Lace" was also presented at the 2015 William and Mary Edith Wharton Undergraduate Conference in Williamsburg, Virginia.

  • Freelance correspondent in the early 2000s for the Observer Newspaper in Reston, Virginia.

  • Nominated for the Borish Prize, the highest writing honor given to English students at The College of William and Mary.

Photos: Scenes from life at Historic Jamestown in Virginia