Workshops - Summer 2019
Workshops

WORKSHOPS

 

TAKING PROSE TO POETRY, A THREE-PART WORKSHOP
FACILITATED BY BETH MCGRATH

Use guided imagery to create vivid prose writing to use as foundations and prewriting for poems.
Mondays, June 10, 17, and 24 2:00-3:00 p.m. SOC, CONN 222

 

TRADING STORIES

FACILITATED BY GREG SCHOONMAKER
Purpose: Bring unfinished or unshaped drafts of some story idea that you are working on, have worked on and have wanted to develop further, anywhere from 1-4 pages (any more might be overwhelming). If possible, come with a focus to workshop/ask about (dialogue, plot points, narrative, etc.).
Method: Depending on attendance, come ready to pitch your story idea to a partner—however much of a kernel you have—and where you like to see the story go.
Tuesdays, June 25, July 9, July 23 12:00-1:00 p.m. SOC, CONN 222

 

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, June 10 12:00 p.m. SOC, CONN 222
Tuesday, June 11 12:00 p.m. EVC 212
Wednesday, June 12 12:00 p.m. FOC #23, 213

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, June 17 12:00 p.m. SOC, CONN 222
Tuesday, June 18 12:00 p.m. EVC 212
Wednesday, June 19 12:00 p.m. FOC #23, 213

GRAMMAR AND PUNCTUATION MADE EASY
FACILITATED BY CATHY WOLLMAN

Come to this session to review grammar and punctuation rules.
Thursday, June 20 9:00-10:00 a.m. SOC, CONN 222
Thursday, June 20 11:30-12:30 p.m. FOC #23, 213
Thursday, June 20 2:00-3:00 p.m. EVC 212

SENTENCE STRUCTURE
FACILITATED BY SUZANNE BARRETT

Come to this workshop and learn more about writing better sentences. Learn how to avoid sentence errors such as fragments and run-ons. This workshop is for all writers.
Wednesday, June 26 12:00-1:00 p.m. EVC 212
Wednesday, June 26 2:00-3:00 p.m. FOC #23, 213
Thursday, June 27 2:00-3:00 p.m. SOC, CONN 222

FROM THE PAGE TO THE STAGE: HOW TO PRESENT YOUR PAPER
FACILITATED BY LAURIE WELCH

Does the very thought of presenting your paper to a group make you so nervous you can’t even think straight? Or maybe you just feel a little underprepared to give a public speech? Never fear! This workshop is designed for all skill levels. Together, we will celebrate the process of transforming your words from seen to heard! You will leave with a better understanding of the following: audience awareness, what to cut, what to keep, basic showmanship, the point of the power point.
Thursday, June 27 9:00-10 a.m. FOC #23, 213
Thursday, June 27 10:15-11:15 a.m. SOC, CONN 222
Thursday, June 27 11:45-12:45 p.m. EVC 212

READING AND WRITING CONNECTION
FACILITATED BY CATHY WOLLMAN

Reading exposes us to different forms, styles, and voices in writing. It improves memory, helps develop vocabulary, and is essential to improving writing. Come to this workshop to learn how thoughtful and deliberate reading all types of text can have a positive effect on the quality of your writing.
Thursday, June 27 9:00-10:00 a.m. SOC, CONN 222
Thursday, June 27 11:30-12:30 p.m. FOC #23, 213
Thursday, June 27 2:00-3:00 p.m. EVC 212

OUT-OF-THIS-WORLD-OUTLINES
FACILITATED BY ERIN ARELLANO

Learn different styles of outlines and strategies for getting started and staying organized using outlines.
Monday, July 8 12:00-1:00 p.m. FOC #23, 213
Monday, July 8 1:30-2:30 p.m. SOC, CONN 222
Wednesday, July 10 1:00-2:00 p.m. EVC 212

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. Find out the do's and don'ts of the current publishing climate and how to market yourself and your work.
Tuesday, July 9 2:00-3:00 p.m. SOC, CONN 222
Wednesday, July 10 2:00-3:00 p.m. FOC #23, 213
Thursday, July 11 10:00-11:00 a.m. EVC 212


WEEKLY WRITING GROUPS

EVC POETRY HOUR
FACILITATED BY HANNAH VINCHUR

Announcing the Writing Center’s weekly poetry hour! Be transported through the meditation of words and bask in the wonders of alliteration, metaphor, and enjambment. We will read poems (originals welcome) and discuss the literary devices that make them work, as well as revel in the artistry of language. Not to be missed.
Every Thursday, June 13-August 15 12:00-1:00 p.m. EVC 212

TO THINE OWN SELF BE TRUE WRITING GROUP
FACILITATED BY BARB MEREDITH

Ever have those moments when you have so much to say but can’t quite put pen to paper? It’s time to choose you and write for you!
Every Wednesday, June 19-August 14 8:00-9:00 p.m. FOC #23, 213

 

 

 

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. 

 How To Fine Tune Our Writing Assignments

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

Thursday, June 6                                           3:00-4:00 p.m.                         EVC 212

Tuesday, June 11                                             3:00-4:00 p.m.                         SOC CONN, 223

Wednesday, June 12                                                5:00-5:00 p.m.                         FOC 23, 213

 

How To Make the Most of the 5-Minute Writing Conference with Students

Come to this teacher talk to share and discuss best practices for writing conferences and leave with new ideas for making the most of the 5-minute conference.

FACILITATED BY Jeff Lacey

Tuesday, June 18                                           3:00-4:00 p.m.                         SOC CONN, 223

Wednesday, June 19                                             4:00-5:00 p.m.                         FOC 23, 213

Thursday, June 20                                                3:00-4:00 p.m.                         EVC 212

 

 

 

 

 

Writing Center Reading Series

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*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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