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English Department hosts “Who Cares? Why Bother? Real Writing for Real People” conference


By: Heather Tilma

The Grand Rapids Community College English Department will host a conference titled, “Who Cares? Why Bother? Real Writing for Real People.”  on Wed., Feb. 7 and Thurs., Feb. 8.

Both days are going to be jammed packed with many opportunities for students to attend different conferences starting at 9 a.m. and running until 4:30 p.m. There will be two conferences going on at the same time during both days in the Applied Technology Center Building.

On Wednesday at 9:30 a.m. – 10:15 a.m. will be Paul Krieger: “How I Turned One Good Idea into a Book Series” in the ATC Auditorium. At the same time (9:30 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.) will also be Ann Alexander in Business will be discussing about “Email Like a Pro: This is Not a Text” in the ATC in room 120.

Continuing on Wednesday from 11 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. is Penni Weninger presenting, “Business Writing for the Real World” ATC in room 120. At the same time Stacey Heisler, a GRCC Counselor will be discussing about “Writing Out the Storm: The Journal as a Companion to Life’s Inevitable Disasters” in the ATC Auditorium.

From 12:30 p.m till 1:15 p.m. there will only be one conference being held at that time in ATC Auditorium. Klaas Kwant and Noah DeSmit will be discussing the topic of Media Arts and Writing.

The next sessions will be at 2 p.m. to 2:45 p.m. one in the ATC Auditorium with Dan Sullivan and a tutor panel on “Helping Students Writers Grow.” The second conference at this time is located ATC room 120 is Werner Absenger, Culinary Arts: “Showcasing Your Expertise Through Writing.”

Later afternoon at 3:30 p.m. till 4:15 p.m. Robert Hendershot will talk about “Historians and Writing: Causation, Significance and Evidence.” In the ACT Auditorium will be David Cope on the topic of “A Poet’s Life.”

Thursday’s conferences begin at 9:30 a.m. with Jeff Kissinger from the IT department talking about “The Importance of Journaling” in the ATC Auditorium. The following at the same time in the ATC room 120 is Kimberly DeVries from the GRCC Office of General Counsel. DeVries will be focusing on the topic of  “Writing and the Law.”

From 11 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. will be Frank Connor GRCC Psychology professor speaking on “The Importance of Credible, Research- Based Writing in the Social Sciences” in the ATC Auditorium. In room 120 is going to be having student writers performing an open reading.

In the afternoon from 12:30 p.m. to 1:15 p.m. there are also two conferences going on in same location at the same time. Christine Coon and Panel with be discussing about “Human Resources and Writing” in ATC room 120. And Caitlin Horrocks from Grand Valley State University about “Writing Effective Descriptions.”

Following into the day will be from the times 2 p.m. to 2:45 p.m. with another Student writers open reading in the ACT room 120. While in the ATC Auditorium with Dillon Carr, Anthropology with the topic of “Bluffing Your Way Through College: Demonstrating Competency Through Your Writing.”

The last English Writing of the two day conferences the final session will be in the ATC Auditorium at 3:30 p.m. till 4:15 p.m. featuring Tricia MacDonald. She will be talking about “Splattered Ink Press: Publishing and Writing.”