Polish your communication skills with GRCC writing symposium



Leah Nixon

Director of Communications



Oct. 22, 2013 GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Writers are most commonly associated with journalism or books — but what about lawyers, doctors and musicians? Being able to communicate clearly can set you apart in any profession, and a writing symposium at Grand Rapids Community College will help you polish those skills.

“Who Cares? Why Bother? Real Writing for Real People” runs Oct. 23 and 24 at GRCC’s Wisner-Bottrall Applied Technology Center, 151 Fountain St. NE. The sessions are free, and no registration is required.

“We organize this annual symposium so that our students can see that writing isn’t just for English classes anymore — most careers and occupations require writing,” said English professor Janice Balyeat. “Our students sometimes hear this message more easily if it’s stated from someone outside the field of English.”

Professions that will be represented at this year’s event include:

  • science, with “Technical Writing at all Stages of a Writing Career in the Sciences,” by chemistry professor Jennifer Batten.
  • law, with “What Do Lawyers Do?” by adjunct faculty member Phil Mowers.
  • music, with “Writing and the Professional Musician/Creating from Source,” by music professor Brian Morris.
  • law enforcement, with “Is Being a Police Officer More Guts and Glory or Pen and Paper?” by Joanne Catania, of the Holland Department of Public Safety.

A session geared to college students — “Writing Expectations at Four-Year Institutions” — will run both days, and Emily Bazelon, a senior editor at Slate and a New York Times Magazine contributing writer, will lead a writing session on Oct. 23 before giving her presentation as part of GRCC’s Diversity Lecture Series.

To see the entire schedule, click here.

GRCC encourages the entire community to participate in its programs and activities. If you anticipate a need for an accommodation or have questions about accessibility, please call Disability Support Services at (616) 234-4140 in advance of your visit or program participation.

Grand Rapids Community College, established in 1914, offers opportunities for more than 30,000 students annually in degree courses, certification and training programs, workshops and personal enrichment classes. GRCC holds classes on the downtown Grand Rapids campus as well as several locations throughout Kent and Ottawa counties.