GRCC hosts writing conference on Oct. 5-6



Leah Nixon

Director of Communications

(616) 234-4213

Sept. 30, 2016 GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Grand Rapids Community College students will learn skills that will help them in a career or in their personal lives during the "Who Cares? Why Bother? Real Writing for Real People" conference on Oct. 5 and 6.

The free sessions run from 9:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. both days at the Wisner-Bottrall Applied Technology Center, 151 Fountain St. NE. No registration is required.

Organizer Nora Neill, an assistant professor in the English department, said the variety of session topics shows the need for writing skills beyond the classroom.

"Our hope is that students will see the relationship between the work we do in composition courses and the usefulness of writing for professional and personal reasons," she said.

In addition to sessions on writing skills in the professional world, such as technical writing, editing and playwriting, the conference also looks at inclusive language, activism, social media and journaling. 

"We all have to write because it's required, in school or at work," Neill said.  "However, sometimes we're compelled to write because we want to engage with ideas, to be heard and seen, because we enjoy it or want to learn about ourselves and our place in the world.”  

“Writing opens avenues to understanding, and we can come to the page anytime to explore and connect."

Grand Rapids Community College has been offering educational opportunities in West Michigan for more than 100 years. Established in 1914, the college offers degree courses, certification and training programs, and workshops and personal enrichment classes. Offerings are held on GRCC’s downtown Grand Rapids campus, and at several locations throughout Kent and Ottawa counties, as well as through distance learning.