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FALL 2007


WAC Week / October 22-23, 26, 2007

Presented by Writing Across Communities (WAC)
For Faculty and Graduate Students
SUB, Ballroom C



10:00 to 11:30 a.m.

Papa Shea Answers All of Your Questions About Style


Dr. Jerome Shea discusses how to make your academic writing more engaging through the use of metaphor, analogy, and other narrative techniques.

12:00 to 1:00 p.m.

Free Lunch with Lindsey

Lindsey Ives will conduct an interactive luncheon with TA’s and other faculty to discuss what support you need to use writing-to-learn in your classroom. Come for FREE LUNCH


1:15 to 3:15 p.m.

Getting It All Together: Writing a Research or Seminar Paper

Preparing to write a research or seminar paper? This workshop is designed for all graduate students at any stage in the research and writing process. We’ll work through clarifying guiding research questions and thesis statements, conducting and using focused research, and planning and writing a lengthy research or seminar paper. Bring any/all materials and notes that you currently have (excluding particular research materials). Workshop led by Leah Sneider, Instructor and Assistant Director of Rhetoric and Writing Department.


3:30 to 5:00

Science and Professional Writing: Articles

In this workshop, you will evaluate three subject-related articles—a professional research paper, a press release, and a magazine or newspaper article. We will then discuss how style, tone, and voice, affect the reader’s approach to the content.

Janet Yagoda Sahgam , PhD (Biology), part-time lecturer in Rhetoric and Writing and freelance medical and science writer.




9:30 to 11:30

Psyching Out the Journals to Get Published


Penny Pence , Associate Professor of Language, Literacy and Socio-cultural Studies, will demonstrate how to analyze articles in order to learn how to write for journals in your field.



11:30 to 1:30 p.m.

Using Writing in Your Courses: It Doesn’t Have to Be Overwhelming?




This workshop will discuss how to design effective writing assignments and rubrics.


Katie Denton , PhD-level student in Rhetoric and Writing, Instructor and CAPS tutor; Lindsey Ives, MA-level student in Literature, Instructor and WAC Head Alliance Council; and Chuck Paine, PhD, Associate Professor of English, and Director of Rhetoric and Writing.


2:00 to 3:30

Make Your Sentences Sing

Jim Burbank will show you how to make your sentences sing in your academic papers and projects. You will learn how to revise and edit for effective writing. This presentation and workshop will give you the keys to make your academic writing reach your audience.


4:00 to 5:00

Demystifying Academic Prose for ESL Students

Tom Pierce teaches writing and ESL at Central New Mexico Community College. He will discuss the differences between American academic writing and that of other cultures. Learn how to revise your writing for American audiences.


Friday October 26

12:00 – 4:00


Collaboration with Peer Mentoring Graduate Students of Color (PMGC) and Black Graduate and Professional Student Association (BGPSA). Walk-in workshop for students writing letters and personal statements for graduate school applications.

Location: TBA


Please contact Sarah Sayles at to register for these workshops:

Dr. Shea’s “Style” Workshop, Monday, Oct. 22, 10 – 11:30

Dr. Shagam’s “Articles” Workshop, Monday, Oct. 22, 3:30- 5:00

Dr. Pence’s “Writing for Journals” Workshop, Tuesday, Oct. 23, 9:30 – 11:30

You may attend these workshops if you have not registered, but registration will helps us know how many to expect and accommodate.