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by Mary Stevenson, Coordinator of Writing Across the Curriculum
stevenml@pg.cc.md.us

WRITERS’ GROUP: All Welcome
Thursday afternoons, in Accokeek 219, 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
February 28, March 14, April 11, April 25, and May 9.

The Writers' Group is a diverse group of faculty, staff, administrators, with diverse writing projects: poetry, plays, academic papers, family histories, science fiction.  Each meeting, a couple of members share papers they are writing and ask for comments. Interested?  Questions?  Call Mary Stevenson, Writing Across the Curriculum, extension 0573 or stevensml@pg.cc.md.us

TRUTH OR CONSEQUENCES: AIDS: A STUDENT WRITING CONTEST
DEADLINE: March 8, 2002, by 5:00 p.m.
Please urge students to apply.  They can enter as many times as they wish; categories include creative writing, informative writing, and posters.  Entries can be assignments done for class or independent work.  The incentives include recognition at an award ceremony in May, publication of writing and art throughout the county, and prize money for first and second place winners, $200 and $100.  For more information or entry forms call Kathleen (Edith) Linville, Nursing Department, extension 3034 or linvilek@pg.cc.md.us

THE REVAMPED TRACY WALKER CONTEST FOR STUDENT WRITERS
For several years, the college has awarded prizes for excellent writing done on class assignments.  The contest was established in the honor of a former student, Tracy Walker, with  funds augmented by contributions from book publishers.  This year entries will be accepted for work done during the spring semester and fall semester 2002, awards to be given at the spring 2003 Honors Convocation.  Look for more information, including minor changes in the rules and format, in an e-mail announcement soon.

WRITING IN MY COURSE
Have you seen these short e-mail messages on Writing in my Course?  Every few weeks, a faculty member is featured; a short account outlines the ways that instructor encourages effective writing and writing to learn.  So far this semester, Peggy Beck and Sherman Silverman have shared assignments.  Look for more to come.

A CHECKLIST FOR REVISION
AT a Brown Bag lunch last fall, several faculty who were not in the English department reported that some checklists for revising or for grading papers would be helpful.  The author of the EGL 100 textbook, John Lannon, in The Writing Process: A Concise Rhetoric, has student writers review drafts for "worthwhile content"—title, limited topic, workable theses—"sensible organization"—introduction, body, conclusion, unity, coherence, adequate support—and "readable style"—plain English; precise, concrete, specific language, and appropriate tone for the situation and intended reader.

 

The Instructional Area Newsletter, Volume 17, No. 3

Spring 2002