UMW News BureauMontana Western English major Kaitlin Ens published five articles in national magazines over the past six months. By Wally Feldt Montana Western’s Kaitlin Ens can count five published articles to her name over the past six months. Not bad for an undergraduate. Ens, a literature and creative writing major at the University of Montana Western, published articles in three issues of Idaho Magazine, one article in the Rocky Mountain Rider and one in Range magazine, an award-winning publication devoted to issues threatening the environment and lifestyles of the West. An essay written about her passion for the sport of rodeo is also under consideration for the Collegiate Arena, the official publication of the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association. In her five published articles Ens writes about childhood experiences and the people she met while living in the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness in Idaho. “It was apparent to me when she arrived at Montana Western that Kaitlin has the right stuff,” English professor Alan Weltzien said. “She reads sensitively and produces critical and creative writing with equal ease. Kaitlin works hard and knows the key to success is rewriting, and I'm not surprised by her recent string of publications.” As far as Ens is concerned, she came to the Montana Western campus at just the right time. The school had recently changed to the block style of class scheduling where students take one class at a time over an 18-day period. “The block enables me to focus on one thing at a time," Ens said. "It let’s me dig into the creative veins of writing without the distraction of other classes." Ens will graduate in the fall of 2010 and says she is pondering several options for her future.
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