Workshops - Spring 2019
Workshops

WORKSHOPS

 

 

**NEW** FOR ELL—BETTER GRAMMAR THROUGH JOURNALING

FACILITATED BY LORRAINE DUGGIN

Students will respond to writing prompts on various topics.  We will then identify the most problematic areas of grammar demonstrated in the writing and engage in lessons on these trouble spots.

Every Tuesday                                     2:00-4:00 p.m.                         SOC, CONN 205

 

 

CREATIVE WRITERS’ GROUP

FACILITATED BY LEAH HEDRICK

Come to our monthly writers' group meetings in the EVC Writing Center to meet a supportive group of like-minded creatives. We'll be discussing writing and editing strategies, sharing publishing opportunities, and cheering each other on. Feel free to bring your own poem, short piece of fiction, or creative essay for us to read and talk about!

Monday, March 11                             3:00-4:00 p.m.                         EVC 212

Monday, April 8                                  3:00-4:00 p.m.                         EVC 212

Monday, May 13                                 3:00-4:00 p.m.                         EVC 212

 

 

**NEW**  LOVE LETTER WRITERS’ GROUP

FACILITATED BY KLAYTON KASPERBAUER

Get out of the cold, and come warm your heart at a monthly writers' group focused on love letters. We will write, discuss, and workshop the love letters, love poems, love notes, and love texts meant for the people we cherish.

Tuesday, March 12                             noon-1:00 p.m.                        EVC 212

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

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

 

Stand Out from the Crowd

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, March 11                             noon-1:00 p.m.                        SOC, CONN 222

Thursday, March 14                            noon-1:00 p.m.                        FOC #23, 213

Friday, March 15                                noon-1:00 p.m.                        EVC 212

 

Epistolary Poems

FACILITATED BY GENEVIEVE WILLIAMS

What are epistolary poems? According to the Academy of American Poets, “Epistolary poems, from the Latin ‘epistula’ for ‘letter,’ are, quite literally, poems that read as letters. As poems of direct address, they can be intimate and colloquial or formal and measured. The subject matter can range from philosophical investigation to a declaration of love to a list of errands, and epistles can take any form, from heroic couplets to free verse.” In this workshop, we will begin by looking at examples of epistolary poems by Ada Limon, Natalie Diaz, and Matthew Olzmann. Then we'll write epistolary poems of our own!

Monday, March 18                             noon-1:00 p.m.                        SOC, CONN 222

Thursday, March 21                            noon-1:00 p.m.                        FOC #23, 213

Friday, March 22                                noon-1:00 p.m.                        EVC 212

 

Writing About Visual Art

FACILITATED BY SUZANNE BARRETT

Come to this workshop and learn more about how to write thoughtfully and creatively about visual art.

Wednesday, March 20                        2:00-3:00 p.m.                         SOC, CONN 222

Friday, March 22                                11:00 a.m.-noon                      FOC #23, 213

Friday, March 22                                2:00-3:00 p.m.                         EVC 212

 

Pause for Commas and Pertinent Punctuation

FACILITATED BY CATHY WOLLMAN

Have you ever been confused by the use of commas, semi-colons, colons, apostrophes, hyphens, dashes and the like?  Obviously, punctuation is important to convey the proper meaning of a text.  Without correct understanding and confidence, however, many writers resort to grammar check or other resources rather than their own grasp of punctuation knowledge. Brushing up on these rules is not as confusing as it may seem. Come to this session to get a concise and easy-to-understand document to help boost your confidence and knowledge of these mighty marks.

Saturday, March 23                            1:00-2:00 p.m.                         EVC 212

Sunday, March 24                               12:00-1:00 p.m.                       SOC, CONN 222

Sunday, March 24                               2:00-3:00 p.m.                         FOC #23, 213

 

Want to be Published? Find out How

FACILITATED BY HOLLY RICHMOND

Have a book or story you’d like to publish? Learn your options from submitting to a journal or magazine to finding an agent to going to a traditional publishing house or self-publishing.  Learn what to do and what not to do in the current publishing climate and how to market yourself and your work.

Monday, April 15                                            2:00-3:00 p.m.                        SOC, CON 222

Tuesday, April 16                                            2:00-3:00 p.m.                        FOC #23, 213

Thursday, April 17                                           10:00-11:00 a.m.                     EVC 212

 

 

 

Personalizing Your Writing Practice

FACILITATED BY RYAN BROWN

This workshop explores the nature and importance of implementing (or improving) your own personal writing practice. From the one whose unopened journal is collecting dust on the nightstand to the one who has been documenting each day for the past 10 years – all can find something valuable in this session.  We will look at a variety of helpful journaling prompts as well as discuss strategies for committing to a daily or weekly journal check-in. We will also explore a variety of methods to use journaling as a mindfulness practice. You will leave the workshop with a personalized prompt and plan for using journal writing to illuminate and enrich your inner life. 

Monday April 22                                 noon- 1:00 p.m.                       EVC 212

Monday April 22                                 1:30 – 2:30 p.m.                      SOC, CONN 222

Monday April 22                                 3:00 – 4:00 p.m.                      FOC #23, 213

 

Tanka Poetry Writing

FACILITATED BY SUZANNE BARRETT 

Come to this workshop to learn more about Tanka, a genre of classical Japanese poetry, having a similarity to Haiku.  

Wednesday, May 15                           2:00-3:00 p.m.                         SOC, CONN 222 

Friday, May 17                                                11:00 a.m.-noon                      FOC #23, 213 

Friday, May 17                                                1:00-2:00 p.m.                         EVC 212

 

**NEW**  MOVIE NIGHT at the Fort

Watch together and discuss.

Tuesday, March 19                             7:00 p.m.                                 FOC #23, 213

Featuring I Am Not Your Negro 

 

Tuesday, April 16                                7:00 p.m.                                 FOC #23, 213

Featuring Tsotsi

 

Come to a two-part movie series featuring first Shakespeare’s Othello, then a critical debate concerning Shakespeare’s portrayal of race. At the heart of these showings is the following question: As writers and thinkers in the 21st century, can we and should we look to a 17th century English playwright for lessons in language and life? Come watch a play and a recorded debate, and then decide for yourself. 

 

Thursday, April 11                               8:00 p.m.                                 FOC #23, 213

Featuring Othello

 

Thursday, April 18                               8:00 p.m.                                 FOC #23, 213

Featuring “Is Othello a Racist Play?”a debate hosted by the Royal Shakespeare Society

 

 

 

 

TEACHER TALKS

For these sessions, we invite faculty from across the disciplines to come and do what we never get enough time to do—talk with other teachers about teaching. 

 Talking Point—How Can We Fine Tune Our Essay Assignment Sheets?

Please bring in the assignment descriptions you give your students for major papers and prepare to workshop them to perfection. Together, we will look at and discuss examples from a wide variety of classes. Please bring your laptops!

FACILITATED BY Jeff Lacey

Monday, March 11                                           4:00-5:00 p.m.                         EVC 212

Saturday, March 16                                             1:00-2:00 p.m.                         FOC 23, 213

Saturday, March 16                                                3:00-4:00 p.m.                         SOC CONN, 223

 

 

 

 

 

 

Writing Center Reading Series;

Sara McKinstry-Brown

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

5300 North 30th Street

When: Monday, April 8

 

 

*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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