Workshops - Winter 2017-18
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WHAT DOES “SHOW, DON’T TELL” REALLY MEAN?

(AND HOW TO IMPLEMENT IT IN YOUR WRITING)

Facilitated by Amanda DeNatale

Have you been told over and over again to “show, don’t tell” but still don’t understand exactly what it means? “Show, don’t tell” can be a helpful guideline but only when you know strategies for implementing it in your writing.  We’ll talk about these strategies and give meaning to this important and valuable (yet abstract) phrase that writers and professors alike are always saying.

 

Monday, December 11                                  11:00 .am.-noon                               FOC #23, 213

Monday, December 11                                  12:30-1:30 p.m.                                 SOC, CON 222

Monday, December 11                                  2:00-3:00 p.m.                                   EVC 212

GETTING GRAPHIC: AN INTRODUCTION TO GRAPHIC NARRATIVE

Facilitated by Erin Arellano

Participants will choose a topic from a list of prompts to produce a purely creative short story.  Participants will create a one-paged, or multi-framed graphic narrative.  Comic panels will be displayed for the entire group for a gallery-style exhibition at the end of the workshop.

 

Monday, December 11                                  1:00-2:00 p.m.                                   FOC #23, 213

Tuesday, December 12                                  11:00 a.m.-noon                               SOC, CON 222

Tuesday, December 12                                  1:00-2:00 p.m.                                   EVC 212

 

LET’S TALK! HOW CONSIDERING 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 audience? How does considering our writing as dialogue strengthen both our content and the way that we deliver it?

 

Tuesday, December 12                                  1:30-2:30 p.m.                                   FOC #23, 213

Wednesday, December 13                          1:30-2:30 p.m.                                   SOC, CON 222

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

 

DIGESTING THE HEADLINES

Facilitated by Devon Niebling

From social media feeds to news websites to actual hardcopy newspapers—headlines and word bites impact the way we think about current events.  How do we digest our news? In one gulp, or via small, discerning bites? This workshop explores the day’s headlines and ways to think critically about what we might digest in a news day.

Friday, December 15                                      2:00-3:00 p.m.                                   EVC 212

Saturday, December 16                                 9:00-10:00 a.m.                                 FOC #23, 213

Monday, December 18                                  2:00-3:00 p.m.                                   SOC, CON 222

 

WRITING SIGNS: A GUIDE TO TRANSITIONS

Facilitated by Victoria Hecker

Creating smooth transitions is one of the most challenging aspects of writing.  Putting your thoughts in order is tough enough, but once you figure out how your ideas are connected, how do you communicate those connections to your reader?  We’ll explore tools to help you string together your thoughts clearly.

 

Monday, December 18                                  10:30-11:30 a.m.                               FOC #23, 213

Monday, December 18                                  12:30-1:30 p.m.                                 SOC, CON 222

Monday, December 18                                  2:30-3:30 p.m.                                   EVC 212

 

UNDERSTANDING MLA 8TH EDITION

Facilitated by Alec McMullen

Come to this workshop to learn how to write a paper and document sources using MLA Style, 8th edition.

Monday, December 18                                  10:00-11:00 a.m.                               EVC 212

Monday, December 18                                  11:30 a.m.- 12:30 p.m.                    SOC, CON 222

Monday, December 18                                  1:00- 2:00 p.m.                                  FOC #23, 213

 

DRAWING FROM LIFE: USING GRAPHIC NARRATIVE AS A MEMORY TOOL FOR MEMOIR WRITING

Facilitated by Erin Arellano

Too many aspiring memoirists focus on cramming memory onto the page, instead of focusing on relating their story to broader themes.  A useful memoir writing exercise is to consider what’s worth including and what’s best left out for the story you’d like to tell.  Using a graphic medium, we will discuss what Anne Lamott, in her book bird by bird, calls the one-inch picture frame that she uses to focus on what to leave in and what to take out.  We will use this idea to visualize and choose a moment to write about.

 

Monday, December 18                                  1:00-2:00 p.m.                                   FOC #23, 213

Tuesday, December 19                                  11:00 a.m.-noon                               SOC, CON 222

Tuesday, December 19                                  1:00-2:00 p.m.                                   EVC 212

 

MAKING LEAPS IN POETRY

Facilitated by Natasha Kessler

A volta, most commonly associated with the sonnet form, is a turn of logic that puts the poem’s last lines in emotional, narrative, and/or conceptual contrast with what preceded them. It is where the poem is turned on its head—never to return to its original uprightness; it is where the poem leaps. In this workshop, students will work through a writing exercise to shape a poem that relies on multiple leaps. This workshop will help students explore how to prevent one-dimensional writing.

 

Monday, December 18                                  1:00-2:00 p.m.                                   SOC, CON 222

Tuesday, January 16                                       12:00-1:00 p.m.                                 EVC 212

Monday, January 29                                       3:00-4:00 p.m.                                   FOC #23, 213

 

WHO IS THAT 3RD PERSON?

Facilitated by Victoria Hecker

Does your instructor want you to write an entire paper without saying “You” or “I”?  Do your assignment instructions ask you to write in 3rd person without explaining what 3rd person is?  Come to this workshop to find out who this mysterious “third person” is, why 3rd-person is required for academic writing, and how to eliminate “you” and “I” in ways that make your writing sound smarter.

 

Thursday, January 4                                        9:00 - 10:00 a.m.                               EVC 212

Friday, January 5                                              2:00 - 3:00 pm                                    FOC #23, 213 

Friday, January 5                                              noon - 1:00 pm                                  SOC, CON 222

 

USE LANGUAGE EFFECTIVELY TO MOVE FROM PASSIVE TO ENGAGED VOICE

Facilitated by Sam Anderson

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.

 

Wednesday, January 10                                  10:00-11:00 a.m.                               EVC 212

Thursday, January 11                                      10:00-11:00 a.m.                               SOC, CON 222

Friday, January 12                                           10:00-11:00 a.m.                               FOC #23, 213

 

STAND OUR FROM THE CROWD: ON WRITING EFFECTIVE PERSONAL STATEMENTS, APPLICATION ESSAYS, AND LETTERS OF INTENT

Facilitated by Genevieve Williams

Talking about our strengths can be awkward, but it is 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 letters, and letters of intent.  We will discuss what works and what doesn’t. Let’s help you to stand out!

Tuesday, January 16                                       1:30-2:30 p.m.                                   FOC #23, 213

Wednesday, January 17                                  1:30-2:30 p.m.                                   SOC, CON 222

Friday, January 19                                           noon-1:00 p.m.                                 EVC 212

 

HOW TO MAKE DIALOGUE SING

Facilitated by Holly Richmond

Writing natural-sounding dialogue is not as simple as imitating conversation. Discover how to make dialogue not only sound natural but also do the heavy work in telling your story.

Tuesday, January 23                                       2:00-3:00 p.m.                                   SOC, CON 222

Thursday, January 25                                      2:00-3:00 p.m.                                   FOC #23, 213

Friday, January 26                                            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.

 

Monday, January 22                                       11:00 a.m.-noon                               FOC #23, 213

Monday, January 22                                       12:30-1:30 p.m.                                 SOC, CON 222

Monday, January 22                                       2:00-3:00 p.m.                                   EVC 212

  

EVERY WEEK OF WINTER QUARTER

 

CREATIVE WRITING

for ENGLISH LANGUAGE LEARNERS

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

Facilitators: Writing Center Consultant Lorraine Duggin

Every Thursday

3:00-4:00 p.m.  SOC, CONN 222

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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