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The Weekly Blast: February 13, 2009

Monday, February 16 is a holiday (President’s Day). Classes will resume on Tuesday and will follow a Tuesday’s schedule.

This week Linh Dich brings us a great peer review workshop that includes an exercise that enables the writer to use the feedback received. To see the exercise “In-Class Revising Workshop” click here.

“Writing the Future Now” the fourth annual Writing Program’s Celebration of Writing will be held on May 13, 2009 from 11:30-3:00pm in Goodell. The keynote speaker will be Claudia Ricci, journalist, novelist and Huntington Post bloggist. The Celebration will include readings and displays from the Experimental Writing Workshop series, College Writing, Basic Writing, and Junior-Year Writing. The writers selected for the Student Anthology will honored as well as the announcement for the Best Text Contest winners. If you would like your class to participate in the festival please contact Peggy Woods.

All TO’s Welcome!

Every Thursday at 7:30

Thursday, February 19, Diversity on Tap will meet at

The Wiggins Tavern in Northampton

Join members of the Diversity Committee to discuss issues related to writing and the classroom every Thursday evening! Bring questions, concerns, and classroom situations and enjoy a lively discussion!

The Writing Center is open for business! Please feel free to encourage your students to come to the writing center to get additional feedback on any of their writing projects. We are happy to work with them at any stage of their writing process. If you'd like, we can even arrange for a tutor to visit your class to talk about what we do at the writing center. You can also mention to your students that they can make appointments with tutors online at

While we are always eager to work with your students, we would ask that you do not require students to go to the writing center, as we do not wish to be seen as performing a punitive function. Likewise, we ask that you do not offer extra credit for visiting the writing center, as we cannot guarantee that each student would have access to a tutor due to increased demand for tutoring services.

If you have any additional questions, feel free to email us at or to stop by the writing center and speak with
Haivan Hoang or Chris DiBiase.

The Technology Coordinator and the Tech Fellows have a new home! Stop by Bartlett 303C (across from Resource Center) to chat with us about teaching with technology, and stick around to see the new office we've set up. Leslie, Denise, Megan, Tim, Sarah, Christian, and Chris will be in the office and eager to chat about your technology-related ideas and questions. It's a great space with new computers and software, and we want to invite all the Writing Program TOs to stop by and say hello. My office hours are posted below.

Tues. 1:00 - 4:00
Wed. 12:00 – 3:00
Thurs. 10:00 – 1:00

With the support of the UMass Arts Council and the Alumni Association, jubilat is once again able to offer FREE copies of our latest issue, jubilat 15, to faculty and graduate students for dissemination in your classes. If you are teaching creative writing or another class in which the contemporary poetry, art, and critical and creative prose in our pages might be useful, consider using the magazine as a teaching tool. If not, no worries—please give your students each a copy anyway! We are looking to build awareness of the magazine among undergrads, and the students in your classes are among the most likely to be interested in it. Please feel free to request a desk copy for yourself as well. We
have /four hundred/ copies to give away!

If you would like copies for your class, email us at <> with the number of copies, and we'll set up a convenient time for you to pick them up from the jubilat office, 482 Bartlett.

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