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The Weekly Blast: April 3, 2009

EXERCISE OF THE WEEK:
Sarah Magin brings us an exercise this week that breaks down for the students the process of preparing an annotated bibliography. To see how she does it click here.

CELEBRATION OF WRITING FESTIVAL – MAY 13, 2009:
“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.

BEST TEXT CONTEST—DEADLINE APRIL 10, 2009:
Please be sure to submit essays for the Best Text Contest. There will be 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place awards for essays written in Basic Writing and College Writing. We will also be awarding a prize for the Best non-traditional essay form. Check out the Writing Program website for more details or see Peggy or Heidi.

SPECIAL PROJECT MONEY – DEADLINE APRIL 10, 2009:
The Writing Program has available a small amount of money for instructors to do a project that will enhance the 112 curriculum. Instructors can request up to $200 for a special project. For the proposal form see the Writing Program website at http://www.umass.edu/writingprogram/news/news_items/special_projects.doc.

TECH FELLOWS PRESENTATION – TUESDAY, APRIL 21 @ 4:00pm:
Interested in thinking about the ways technologies shape your teaching? Thinking about the digital literacies students bring to our writing classes? Want to hear more about the projects Tech Fellows are working through this semester? If so, please join us for conversation on 4/21 in Bartlett 101 at 4:00! The Tech Fellows will describe the projects they are working through this semester and if there’s time will discuss teaching with emerging technologies in general. This would be a great opportunity to hear about some interesting classroom practices and projects. Come to find out more about Tech Fellows!

DIVERSITY ON TAP!
All TO’s Welcome!

Thursday, April 9 at 8:00, the Diversity Tap will meet at

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!

NATIONAL DIGITAL ARCHIVE OF LITERACY NARRATIVES:
Join the fun and contribute to the National Digital Archive of Literacy Narratives
Invite your students to participate also. Come and tell us a literacy story to be uploaded to the National Digital Archives of Literacy Narratives.
Friday, April 10th, 12:00 to 4:00. Drop by anytime.
Bartlett 303
Refreshments will be available. Come join the fun.
What’s a literacy story? a short, personal story about an experience reading or composing in any form or context, for example, the first time you thought of yourself as a writer; a time when you were punished for reading, or not reading, writing of not writing; a story of the first time you used a computer or wrote with a crayon; creating your first Facebook page or making your first video and uploading it to YouTube; reading from the Bible or Koran; wrote a horrible break-up letter; all kinds of possibilities.

No advance preparation needed. Bring a friend if you like, and you can interview one another for your stories. We’ll show you some examples and help you decide on the story you want to tell. We’ll then help you record it in audio and upload it to the Digital Archive where it will be preserved and made publicly available for everyone’s viewing or listening. Bring snapshots, letters, and other artifacts related to your story, if you wish, and we’ll help you upload those also.

Spread the word. And, come join us!

Look for flyers announcing the day. Hosted by the University Writing Program. If questions, contact writingcenter@acad.umass.edu or Chris DiBiase, Haivan Hoang, Anne Herrington, Donna LeCourt, Janine Solberg.

The National Digital Archive of Literacy Narratives is at http://daln.osu.edu/

EN329H Tutoring Writing: Theory and Practice

TO ALL ENGLWRIT 112 INSTRUCTORS:
As registration for next semester starts to swing into high gear, the Writing Center is looking for interested students to apply for EN329H, Tutoring Writing:
Theory and Practice. If you have students in your class who demonstrate strong peer-review skills and enjoy working with other student writers, we ask that you
encourage them to check out our website (http://www.umass.edu/writingcenter/fpthome.html) for more information about the course and how to apply for it. The deadline for applications is April 17th, 2009. We have also left informational flyers in all EN112 instructors' mailboxes.

If you would be interested in having a tutor speak to your class about EN329H and his/her experience with the course, or if you have any general questions
about the course/application process please contact Haivan Hoang or Chris DiBiase at writingcenter@acad.umass.edu

A CALL TO QUEER/GAY/LESBIAN/GENDERQUEER/OTHERLY GENDERED TOs and FACULTY:
I'm looking for any of the above-identified folks who would be interested in gathering for a small symposium/discussion on the intersections of gender,
sexuality, identity, and pedagogy in the teaching of writing. Some questions I'm hoping to discuss might include: How do we situate ourselves in the classroom?
What does visibility mean to each of us? How do we position ourselves in relation to the various "texts" in our classroom? What are our stories around
negotiating multiply positioned identities within student and institutional gaze? Are queer and gender politics relevant to our individual pedagogies?

Please contact Morgan Lynn: mlynn@english.umass.edu if you would be interested in this discussion. – Morgan Lynn

EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES FOR SUMMER ‘09
On Wednesday, April 8, 2009 we will be sending out an announcement for summer employment opportunities. If you are interested please be sure not to miss this announcement!

DREAM SHEETS and PRACTICUM FORMS – FALL 2009
A packet of information containing the Dream Sheet and Practica form will be put in mail boxes by end of work day Wednesday, April 8. Please return the completed forms to the envelope on the bulletin board in the Writing Program office, room 305, no later than Friday, April 24.


IMPORTANT DATES:

April 9 Diversity on Tap, 8:00pm, Wiggins Tavern, Northampton

April 10 Best Text deadline

April 10 National Digital Archive of Literacy Narratives

April 10 Special Project Money

April 17 Deadline for tutoring applications

April 21 Tech Fellow Presentation

May 13 Celebration of Writing

 
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