Workshops - Spring 2018
Workshops

EVERY WEEK OF SPRING QUARTER

Creative Writing and Conversation Practice for English Language Learners

FACILITATED BY WRITING CENTER CONSULTANT AND ESL INSTRUCTOR, LORRAINE DUGGIN

Come join us in creative expression! You'll have fun with other English language learners and develop your writing skills.

Every Thursday 3:00-4:00 p.m. SOC, CON 222

 

RESEARCH AND DOCUMENTATION OF SOURCES

An Honest Discussion about Plagiarism

FACILITATED BY ERIN ARELLANO

Monday, March 26 2:00-3:00 p.m. EVC 212

Tuesday, March 27 10:30-11:30 a.m. FOC #23, 213

Tuesday, March 27 noon-1:00 p.m. SOC, CONN 222

Plagiarism is a difficult concept for various reasons: Some cultures don't view intellectual property the same as we do in the U.S. Some students aren't familiar with the vocabulary surrounding the topic of plagiarism. Some students don't know how to paraphrase (put someone else's words into their own). In this workshop, students from any background will learn how to avoid plagiarism by correctly paraphrasing, quoting, and citing.

 

Citation Power Hour

FACILITATED BY DEVON NIEBLING

Stop by the SOC Writing Center (Connector 222) to ask questions and work through answers to MLA and APA citation issues. Concerns about in-text and References/Works Cited notations welcome! 

noon-1:00 p.m.

Saturday, March 31

Saturday, April 14

Saturday, April 21

 

Effective Researching Inside and Outside Library Databases

This workshop will discuss how and where to find relevant and credible research.

FACILITATED BY FRANKIE WARD

Monday, April 9 noon-1:00 p.m. EVC 212

Tuesday, April 10 noon-1:00 p.m. SOC, CONN 222

Thursday, April 12 noon-1:00 p.m. FOC #23, 213

 

APA Formatting and Style

Come to this workshop to learn how to write a paper and document sources using APA style of documentation.

FACILITATED BY FRANKIE WARD

Monday, May 14 noon-1:00 p.m. EVC 212

Tuesday, May 15 noon-1:00 p.m. SOC, CONN 222

Thursday, May 17 noon-1:00 p.m. FOC #23, 213

 

CREATIVE WRITING WORKSHOPS

Let Your Characters Lead: Following Characters in Fiction

To tell a great story, creating complex and surprising characters is essential. As writers, we often try too hard to control our main character's every move, and this process often takes away the fun of writing. No surprise for the writer = No surprise for the reader. This workshop will help students explore character development in short fiction and think about ways to create dynamic, surprising characters.

FACILITATED BY NATASHA KESSLER

Monday, March 19 noon-1:00 p.m. SOC, CONN 222

Saturday, March 24 3:00-4:00 p.m. FOC #23, 213

Tuesday, March 27 11:00 a.m.-noon EVC 212

 

So You Want to Write a Novel

Writing a novel can seem daunting. In this workshop, we will discuss what things you will need to consider before starting it and learn a few techniques for putting your story together. 

FACILITATED BY HOLLY RICHMOND

Tuesday, April 3 2:00-3:00 p.m. SOC, CONN 222

Wednesday, April 4 2:00-3:00 p.m. FOC #23, 13

Thursday, April 5 10:00-11:00 a.m. EVC 212

Getting Published 101: Who, What, When, Where, and Why to Submit Your Work

FACILITATED BY AMANDA DENATALE

Have you written short stories, poems, or nonfiction essays that you're ready to share? What comes next? How do you get them published? We'll cover it all:  submitting, tracking, considering genre, writing cover letters, and navigating the publishing industry.

 Tuesday, April 10                                  11:00 a.m.-noon                          EVC 212

Tuesday, April 10                                  12:30-1:30 p.m.                            SOC, CON 222

Tuesday, April 10                                  2:00-3:00 p.m.                              FOC #23, 213

 

Haiku: Ancient and Modern

In this workshop, we will look at translations of classic Japanese Haiku, as well as modern American versions. We will talk about the rich history of this poetic form and how it has evolved across time and space. Then we will try our hands at crafting a few haiku of our own.

FACILITATED BY LEAH HEDRICK

Friday, April 13 11:00 a.m.-noon EVC 212

Friday, April 13 3:00-4:00 p.m. FOC #23, 213

Friday, April 13 4:15-5:15 p.m. SOC, CONN 222

 

 

TEACHER TALKS

Creativity in the Writing Center

FACILITATED BY KELSEY BEE

In order to understand the divide between scholarship and creativity, becoming familiar with a writer's workshop model in addition to the style of writing center consultations can benefit both teachers and consultants. Additionally, it may help us understand how to make students of creative writing feel more welcome in the writing center. In this Teacher Talk, participants will learn and discuss approaches to critiquing both creative writing and more traditional "academic writing."

Thursday, April 19 10:30-11:30 a.m. FOC #23, 213

Thursday, April 19 noon-1:00 p.m. SOC, CONN 222

Thursday, April 19 1:30-2:30 p.m. EVC 212

 

Grammar without the Gobbledygook

FACILITATED BY KATIE GUBBELS

Teaching grammar can be a particularly challenging task for a variety of reasons. Perhaps one of the largest hurdles (for us as instructors, as well as for our students) is the matter of language. In this workshop, we'll discuss the ways in which instructors can reframe grammar-and rephrase some of its technical jargon-into lessons and terminology that our students find both useful and accessible.

Friday, May 18 9:00-10:00 a.m. EVC 212

Friday, May 18 11:00 a.m.-noon SOC, CONN 222

Friday, May 18 1:00-2:00 p.m. FOC #23, 213www.starhawk.org

 

 

GENERAL WRITING WORKSHOPS

Use Language Effectively to Move from Passive to Engaged Voice

This workshop is focused on the parallels between cooking and writing, and it's about choosing the "right words" to help make anything shine. This doesn't mean the most academic words, of course. It's really about learning to switch a somewhat naturally-occurring passive voice (a voice that many writers step into subconsciously) into a more active, engaged voice.

FACILITATED BY SAM ANDERSON

Tuesday, March 20 10:00-11:00 a.m. EVC 212

Thursday, March 22 10:00-11:00 a.m. SOC, CONN 222

Friday, March 23 10:00-11:00 a.m. FOC #23, 213

 

Stand Out from the Crowd: On Writing Effective Personal Statements, Application Essays, and Letter of Intent

FACILITATED BY GENEVIEVE WILLIAMS

Talking about our strengths can be awkward. Talking about our strengths is also absolutely necessary when applying for a job, a scholarship, or admission to a university. How do you stand out from the crowd? In this workshop, we will look at examples of effective personal statements, application essays, and letters of intent. We'll discuss what works and what doesn't. Let's help you stand out.

Monday, April 2 3:00-4:00 p.m. FOC #23, 213

Wednesday, April 4 1:00-2:00 p.m. SOC, CONN 222

Friday, April 13 noon-1:00 p.m. EVC 212

 

Let's Talk! How Considering Your Audience Makes for Stronger Writing

FACILITATED BY GENEVIEVE WILLIAMS

In college, we all write papers, tell stories, and give speeches.  We come up with thesis statements and cite our sources.  We argue positions. In this workshop, we will consider the readers of our writing.  What is the effect of our writing on different audiences? How does considering our writing as dialogue strengthen both our content and also the way that we deliver it?

Monday, May 7 3:00-4:00 p.m. FOC #23, 213

Wednesday, May 9 1:00-2:00 p.m. SOC, CONN 222

Friday, May 11 noon-1:00 p.m. EVC 212

 

Making Outlines: Best Writing Present You've Ever Given Yourself

FACILITATED BY MICHAEL JAMIESON

Rather than aimlessly searching through databases and Google, learn how to plan your research in advance so you can maximize your time and find the sources that will help you.

Monday, May 7 10:30-11:30 a.m. EVC 212

Monday, May 7 noon-1:00 p.m. FOC #23, 213

Monday, May 7 1:30-2:30 p.m. SOC, CONN 222

 

GRAMMAR AND DOCUMENTATION DROP-IN

 

Inquire about grammar rules that have always stumped you (is it "lie" or "lay"? was I "affected" or "effected"? etc.)

Learn how to identify and correct concerns with grammar or punctuation in a short piece of your own writing

Seek assistance with spelling and vocabulary

Seek guidance on citing sources in MLA or APA Styles of documentation

SOUTH OMAHA CAMPUS

(In CONNECTOR Commons)

April 9 and May 14

10:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m. (with Thom)

April 10 and May 15

6:00-7:30 p.m. (with Eve)

April 10 and May 15

4:30-6:00 p.m. (with Marguerite)

April 13 and May 18

9:00-10:30 a.m. (with Annie)

April 14 and May 19

9:00-10:30 a.m. (with Kathy)

April 15 and May 20

12:00-1:30 p.m. (with Beth)

 

 

ELKHORN VALLEY CAMPUS

(In Commons)

April 11 and May 16

11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m. (with Katie H)

April 12 and May 17

5:00-6:00 p.m. (with Cathy)

 

 

FORT OMAHA CAMPUS

(In Building #23/1st floor Commons)

April 10 and May 15

11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. (with Michelle)

April 11 and May 16

4:30-6:00 p.m. (with Barb)

 

 

SARPY CAMPUS

(In room 216)

April 9 and May 14

5:00-6:30 p.m. (with Jeff)

April 12 and May 17

11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m. (with Ryan)

 

 

FREMONT CAMPUS

(In room 102)

April 12 and May 17

11:30 a.m.- 12:00 p.m. (with Cathy)

Writing Center Reading Series

 

Cat Dixon and Michael Skau

Fort Omaha Campus Writing Center, Building #23, Room 213

5300 North 30th Street

When: Wednesday, February 7, 2018, 7:00 p.m.

Please contact Natasha Kessler-Rains with questions at nlkessler@mccneb.edu

 

*Note:  Part-time faculty who participate in this workshop are eligible for professional development compensation for their attendance.  We will provide the reimbursement forms.  Full-time faculty may represent their participation in this workshop in the "Professional Development" section of the "Faculty Professional Portfolio."*

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