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Who Cares? Why Bother? Real Writing for Real People

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

9:30-10:15am

Stop Talking. Start Writing. Get Moving.

ATC 122/124

John Rumery, Rumery Communications | GRCC, Adjunct Faculty + Service Learning Faculty Consultant

Talk is cheap.  If you really want to change the world, or start a business, or sell more product, or get a job; put it in writing and make it memorable.

This workshop will focus on simple strategies to write more persuasively and inspire others.

 

9:30-10:15

What Do Lawyers Do?

ATC 168

Phillip Mowers, Attorney

 

11-11:45am

Writing Expectations at Four-Year Institutions

ATC 168

Former GRCC Students

Former GRCC students, who’ve gone on to study at four-year institutions, will discuss what professors expect from their students, as writers.  Various majors will be represented.

 

11-11:45

Writing for the Content Managed Web

ATC 122/124

Patrick LaPenna, Web Systems Architect, GRCC Information Technology

Writing for the web has to be more than just entering data in the correct field and checking all the right boxes. To understand writing for Content Management Systems (CMS) we'll look at how a CMS works, the content model, and the editing and workflow process. We will also discuss how well written content can support best practices like accessibility and mobile-first design.

 

12:30-1:15pm

Real Good Friends, Write Real Good Letter for Real Good Jobs

ATC 122/124

Alicia Ellis and Mursalata Muhammad, Information Specialist & K-12 Paraprofessional and GRCC Professor

Alicia and Mursalata first met 19 years ago while students at The Pennsylvania State University.  They are good friends and for a time even colleagues, when Alicia taught composition courses here at GRCC.  Through the years, they have used their training and experience as teachers and writers to help themselves and one another.  The women will talk about discovering opportunities for professional development and personal growth, and how they help each other achieve those goals by writing letters of introduction and support for each other.  Professor Muhammad also will talk about how she and Miss Ellis have been working together as Professor Muhammad completes her pre-dissertation coursework.

 

2-2:45pm

Writing to Advocate for Others Who Cannot Advocate for Themselves

ATC 122/124

Joanne Catania, Medical Examiner's Office/Western Michigan University School of Medicine, Chief Medical Examiner Investigator

The discussion will cover police reports and death investigation reports. The discussion will focus on writing with purpose--the importance of a well-done investigation and the need for great documentation.

 

2-2:45pm

Writing Dialogue

ATC 168

Arnold Johnston & Deborah Ann Percy, Writers-Performers-Translators-Educators

A presentation on writing dialogue for stage and page, with examples from our plays and fiction and discussion with participants that will incorporate questions and answers.

 

3:30-4:15pm

The Business of Writing for a Reader: Empathy and Emotion as Currency, and How to Leverage Your Readers’ Deepest Needs and Motivations to Ensure the Success of Your Writing

ATC 122/124

Moss Ingram, Associate Professor of Computer Technology, Grand Rapids Community College

In this multi-disciplinary workshop, we will discuss the often unspoken and misunderstood business relationship that is expected and required between all writers who write for at least one reader. We will also identify how empathy is often the most overlooked first principle of writing and we will perform exercises that will highlight how a writer’s ability to empathize with their readers’ emotions will largely determine whether or not a piece is ultimately successful, which at a fundamental level is based on the writer’s ability to honor the business relationship that exists between all writers and their readers. Participants will learn about a three part method of writing that will help ensure the success of all forms of their writing, and they will learn how to leverage various psychological frameworks, such as Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs as well as assessments such as Myers-Briggs, the Big Five Personality Traits, DiSC, and Strength Finders as tools writers should use to build gateways that reach and engage the deepest emotions of their readers.

 

3:30-4:15pm

Communicating Through the Power of Song

ATC 168

Max Lockwood, Musician, Earthwork Music Collective

I am a musician, songwriter, and poet, and a member of Earthwork Music Collective. I'll be talking about songwriting, how studying poetry and literature informs my songwriting, how tapping into the emotional resonance of music coupled with lyrics can inspire change, new ideas, and a deeper understanding of self, and why I write songs in the first place--to communicate with my world. Ideas illustrated with live performances and recordings of other songwriters who have inspired me.

Creative Writing Reading

7pm, 168 ATC

Mike Sikkema, Jen Tynes, Stacy Walsh, Maryann Lesert, Adam Schuitema, Arnold Johnston and Deborah Ann Percy

Thursday, October 15, 2015

9:30-10:15am

What Editors Need, What Editors Want

ATC 168

Caitlin Horrocks, Grand Valley State University, Associate Professor of Writing

Panelists with a range of experiences in professional editing (including journalism, literary magazines, and book publishing) discuss the importance of writing skills to their work as editors, as well as what they look for in the writing they select for publication, and the writers they choose to work with.

 

9:30-10:15am

Writing in the Physical Sciences

ATC 122/124

Daniel Groh, Grand Rapids Community College, Assistant Professor

I aim to highlight for to students the tremendous amount of writing that goes on in the physical sciences, from industry to academia, and the importance of being able to do it well.

 

11-11:45am

Online Citizen Journalism: How We Do It, Why it Matters

ATC 168

Holly Bechiri, Grand Rapids Community Media Center, The Rapidian Managing Editor

The Rapidian, Grand Rapids' hyperlocal new source powered by citizen journalism, is working to build community engagement through media and open access to free speech media platforms. Our managing editor Holly Bechiri will introduce attendees to the way we work as a whole and how we've worked with students in particular in the past with our internships and classroom partnerships. She'll also talk about the importance of engaging new media as you build your career but also as you build your place in your community.

 

11-11:45am

The Importance of Writing to Gain Employment

ATC 122/124

Christine Coon and Jessica Berens, Grand Rapids Community College, HR Generalist/HR Associate Director

We will discuss the importance of cover letters, resumes, and thank you notes for the employment process. We will go through the purpose of each of these documents and how showcasing good writing skills is important to employers who are searching for employees.

 

12:30-1:15pm

Art and Activism: When Writing Matters

ATC 122/124

Maryann Lesert, Grand Rapids Community College, Author, Associate Professor of English

Writing can bear witness and serve as a mirror - even when we don't want to confront difficult issues. Maryann Lesert, writer and GRCC Professor, shares her experiences in writing to make a difference and accepting the role of writer as activist.

 

12:30-1:15pm

The Power of the Written Word

ATC 168

Chris Sain, Grand Rapids Community College, Student Success and Retention

The "Power of the Written Word" is a workshop designed to illustrate how writing served as coping mechanism growing up in an environment that was plagued with desolation and devastation. By telling my truth and committing my life experiences to paper has allowed me to positively impact individuals all over.

 

2-2:45pm

Bringing Writing to Life....in Biology!

ATC 122/124

Laurie Foster, Grand Rapids Community College, Professor, Biological Sciences

One of the biggest challenges in teaching biology is the attitude toward science that many students bring to class.  Many of the students enrolled in introductory biology classes in college are there to satisfy a liberal arts study which includes a lab based science course.  It is not uncommon to see apprehension or even hostility to having to take a science class. The human face of science often gets lost in the process of learning the lexicon and protocols of scientific inquiry. The writing assignments chosen are purposely designed to help students to discover that the Biology course content is of interest to them, regardless of their career plans.

 

2-2:45pm

Writing Expectations at Four-Year Institutions

ATC 168

Faculty Respond

Faculty from four year institutions will discuss the writing expectations in their classes.  Various fields will be represented.

 

3:30-4:15pm

The Art of Giving Feedback

ATC 122/124

James Setchfield, Curtis Neff, Jacob Urlaub, and Sam Heidenreich, Grand Rapids Community College, Professional Tutors

The Art of Giving Feedback is an overview of the importance of giving feedback at work, in school, and with friends and family, stressing the implications writing has on providing feedback. We discuss what qualifies as poor feedback and provide tips and techniques to provide quality feedback.

 

3:30-4:15pm

Numbers Don't Explain Everything

ATC 168

Jennifer Knauf, Grand Rapids Community College, CPA, Assistant Professor of Accounting

I will share some the of written documents I had to prepare in both Public and Private Accounting. These include engagement letters, "walk-through" descriptions, performance evaluations, audit testing results, client emails, and process descriptions.