wp home > general info > blast 2009-10-23The Weekly Blast: October 23, 2009
IT’S A PROCESS: THOUGHTS ON TEACHING WRITING BLOG
Thinking about how class discussions work in the writing classroom? Looking for ways to stimulate class discussion? Got something to say about class discussions? Got something to say about the teaching of writing? Check out the new Resource Center teaching blog at: http://blogs.umass.edu/pmwoods/
EXERCISE OF THE WEEK
“Just Follow Your Nose” is an exercise developed by Matt Weingast that gives students a visual way of seeing how much of their essay is composed of description, analysis, citation/summary, and well, let’s say filler. To check it out follow the link: http://www.umass.edu/writingprogram/teaching/database/justfollowyournose.html
WORKSHOP – TUESDAY OCTOBER 27
Pat Zukowski and Jensen Beach will be presenting a workshop to continue our discussion on Peer Response on October 27, 2009 from 11:15-12:30 in Bartlett 125. We will begin the workshop by asking you to do an evaluation of our summer orientation training. Please remember that all workshops are mandatory for new TOs. All others are welcome.
DIVERSITY ON TAP REINVENTS ITSELF
We have had some, um, low turnout this semester at our Thursday night outing. We are responding to it, by re-thinking where we meet and when, but not why! So, join us THIS FRIDAY October 23 at Northampton Brewery at 4pm. Celebrate your upcoming weekend, a bit early, and discuss the relevance diversity plays in our teaching, our writing, and living.
We know this revision will result in greater TO numbers! So, you might as well
go ahead and plan for next Friday October 30 at 4 as well, but this time at ABC
We'll just rotate the brewery every week, but Fridays. Beer. 4(pm). Diversity
EXPERIMENTAL WORKSHOPS FOR SPRING 2010
Thanks to the support of the Writing Program, the Department of English, and the Graduate School we are able to offer 6 experimental workshops this coming spring semester. The committee would like to thank everyone who submitted. We received many good proposals this year and the decision was difficult. The following workshops will be offered next semester:
In Rare Forms: Collaborative Writing for the Eventful– David Bartone & Jeff Downey
Queer Writing/Queer Texts/Queer Rhetoric – Andrea Lawlor & Morgan Lynn
Moving Text Off the Page: Composing (for) Museums – Anne Bello
Writing the Zone – Liane Malinowski & Jack Christian
Less is More: Exploring the Creative Potential of Constraints – A’Dora Phillips & Jason Larson
Intersections: Cross Genre, Cross Topic, Cross Form – Peggy Woods
DREAM SHEETS and PRACTICUM INFORMATION
A packet of scheduling information for spring 2010 was put in mail boxes last week. Please return all forms to the Writing Program office no later than Monday, October 26.
ESSENTIAL REMINDERS ABOUT THE ANTHOLOGY
There are many new procedures for submitting essays to this year’s Anthology competition. Please re-read the memo (put in your mailbox 10/13) to familiarize yourself with new policies, forms, due dates, and the place to leave your papers—a metal file box in the main office on the counter next to the Xerox machine.
The due date for Unit I papers is today, 10/23. However, since there have been many changes for you to digest, I am extending the due date to Tuesday, 10/27. It is essential that you use the NEW submission forms that were attached to your memo. If you need more, you can get them in the main office.
PLEASE NOTE: The due date for Unit 2 essays will be 11/4. We are looking forward to receiving many entries from this unit to support our new text, Other Words.
Thank you for your help. The Anthology exists because of your willingness to share the fine work your students produce in your classes. – Pat
Paychecks will be held in the office for two pay periods. Unclaimed checks will be sent back to Human Resources.
ZACH SAVICH WILL READ FROM HIS FIRST BOOK OF POEMS
TO Zach Savich will read from his first book of poems, Full Catastrophe Living, winner of the Iowa Poetry Prize, at 8 PM on Wednesday, October 28, at Amherst Books. Zach will be joined by poet Kiki Petrosino, author of Fort Red Border, published by Sarabande
Books. There is more information about the event here:
GEO FOOD DRIVE
UAW Local 2322 is sponsoring a food drive to help local pantries restock their shelves for the winter season. We encourage our members to donate whatever they can to this drive and help us support the needs of our communities. We will be collecting non-perishable food items in our Holyoke & UMass (GEO) offices until December 18th, and then we will send the donations to one or more local pantries where they can be the most
Even if you think you can't give enough, remember that every bit helps. Our membership is over 3,500 strong, if we all were able to donate just one item, think of how many families we could help.
Suggested food items: Non food items:
Canned fruit or vegetables Diapers (child & adult)
Canned tuna or salmon-in water Toilet & Facial tissue
Baby food & powered formula Toothpaste
Cereal (high fiber/low sugar) Hand Soap
Fruit or Vegetable juice (100%) Laundry soap
Soups, stews & chili Dish soap
Pancake/waffle mixes Toothbrush
Pasta (dry or canned) Shampoo
Peanut butter Deodorant
*** PLEASE NO GLASS ITEMS ***
Your stewards, Miranda Dennis and Kathleen Baldwin
October 26 Dream Sheets due
October 27 Peer Response workshop
October 30 Diversity on Tap
November 11 Veterans’ Day
November 26 – 27 Thanksgiving break
January 15, 2010 General Meeting