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  • Community Engaged Scholarship Writing Retreat (October 2017)

    Dates:

    October 19 - 20, 2017

    Location:

    Pierce Cedar Creek Institute, 701 W. Cloverdale Road, Hastings, MI 49058

    Description:

    This academic writing retreat provides a dedicated space and time away from campus for faculty, academic staff, and graduate students to write about their community-engaged scholarship, including community-engaged research, service-learning or civic engagement, community-university partnerships, and outreach programs.

    This two-day, residential retreat includes unstructured time to work on your own writing and optional workshops to strengthen your writing and publishing skills. Throughout the retreat, feedback is available from The Writing Center, University Outreach and Engagement, and your peers.

  • Department of Writing, Rhetoric and American Cultures

    Location:

    Online

    Description:

    MSU's Department of Writing, Rhetoric and American Cultures in the College of Arts and Letters offers a website with a variety of links to help one write correctly. The linked resources cover a range of topics, such as general writing, beginning a paper, conducting research, citing sources, grammar and mechanics, editing, avoiding plagiarism, as well as links to online writing labs and Webster's Dictionary online.

  • MIPA 2017 Spring Awards and On-Site Contests (April 2017)

    Dates:

    Tuesday, April 18, 2017. 9:00 am - 1:00 pm.

    Location:

    Lansing Center, 333 E. Michigan Avenue, Lansing, Michigan 48833

    Description:

    The MIPA Spring Conference is focused on awards. Most students will meet for the exciting awards presentation in the morning, while others will take part in the On-Site Contests. The morning awards include Individual Category Contests for yearbook, newspaper, new media and video production; Golden Pen; All-MIPA; and Student Journalist. Awards will end in the afternoon with the Spartan Awards presentation.

    Advisers, meet up with your adviser friends during the adviser luncheon and network with others throughout the day. The annual MIPA business meeting will take place at the luncheon. Students have lunch on their own.

  • MSU Talks: Guest Researcher Speaker Series (Fall 2017)

    Dates:

    • Thursday, September 28, 2017: Robert Hazen
    • Tuesday, October 24, 2017: Ted Chiang
    • Thursday, October 26, 2017: Neil Shubin

    Location:

    Room 115, International Center, 427 North Shaw Lane, East Lansing, MI  48824

    Description:

    MSU's Office of the Vice Provost for Research and Graduate Studies presents a speaker series each semester. The Fall 2017 series includes:

    • Robert Hazen, Director, Deep Carbon Observatory; Senior Research Scientist, Carnegie Institution of Washington’s Geophysical Laboratory; and Clarence Robinson Professor of Earth Science at George Mason University: "The Deep Carbon Observatory"
    • Ted Chiang, award winning author of "Story of Your Life," which was adapted into the 2016 movie, "Arrival."
    • Neil Shubin, Senior Advisor to the President and Robert R. Bensley Distinguished Service Professor, Department of Organismal Biology and Anatomy, The University of Chicago; Professor, Committee on Evolutionary Biology, Committee on Stem Cell, Regenerative and Developmental Biology, The University of Chicago; and Research Associate, Department of Geology, The Field Museum of Natural History: "Your Inner Fish and the Universe Within"
  • Spring Poetry Festival (April 2017)

    Dates:

    April 5, 12, 19, and 26, 2017.  Afternoon conversations at 3:00 pm.  Readings at 7:00 pm.  There is no afternoon conversation on April 26.

    Location:

    The RCAH Theatre and the LookOut! Gallery on MSU's campus in East Lansing, MI

    Description:

    MSU's Residential College in the Arts and Humanities' Center hosts the Spring Poetry Festival each Wednesday in April, which includes an afternoon talk and and evening reading.  Speakers for 2017 are:

    • Tina Chang (April 5)
    • Toi Derricotte (April 12)
    • Cindy Hunter Morgan (April 19)
    • Mark Doty (April 26)
  • The Michigan Writing Centers Project

    Location:

    300 Bessey Hall at MSU

    Description:

    MSU's Michigan Writing Centers Project (MWCP) hosts an annual Ideas Exchange at a different school each year where participants share experiences, research, and ideas relating to writing center work. Writing Center Consultants (WCCs) from colleges and universities across the State of Michigan share their best practices, conduct and circulate research into literacy learning and use, and contribute to the establishment of writing centers in interested secondary schools. MWCP also produces a newsletter and hosts an online database, a directory of writing centers and consultants.

  • The Writing Center

    Location:

    300 Bessey Hall at MSU

    Description:

    MSU's Writing Center, in the College of Arts and Letters, collaborates in on-going conversations about writing in a supportive atmosphere. The Writing Center offers K-12 Writing Consultancy that currently consists of two projects.

    Write For Your Life Housed in the MSU Writing Center, the Write For Your Life (WFYL) project offers teachers and students in Michigan, Wisconsin, New York, Georgia, Texas, Minnesota, Oklahoma, Maryland, Massachusetts, and Pennsylvania an opportunity to share their writing and thinking as they examine local issues that influence student health, literacy, and learning. In project CONNECTS, the Center is developing a practice called consultative teaching that combines collaborative learning, peer tutoring, service-learning, student research, and jointly-conducted student-faculty research.

    Greenrock The Red Cedar Writing Project offers middle and high school students an opportunity to participate in a campus Writers’ Retreat where the students examine their own and their peers' writing.

  • Writing, Information, and Digital Experience: WIDE Research Center

    Location:

    7 Olds Hall at MSU, East Lansing, MI, 48824

    Description:

    At Michigan State University, the WIDE (Writing, Information, and Digital Experience) Research Center focuses on researching and innovating experiences for emerging technologies in the Digital Humanities, including uses of social user experiences to solve social, cultural, and political problems; ways of constructing computational analytics for improving persuasive communication, and the need to create new forms of public engagement and democratic practice on a global scale. The outcomes of our research projects include publications and applications aimed at enriching these conversations. The following are our current areas of focus: Participatory Memory, Computational Rhetoric, Writing Program Assessment, Clinical Healthcare Experiences, and Legal Experiences.

  • You Are What You Write (September 2017)

    Dates:

    September 15, 2017

    Location:

    East Lansing Marriott at University Place, 300 M.A.C. Avenue, East Lansing, MI 48823

    Description:

    An individual's and an organization's brand can be compromised by poor communication skills. Learn how to improve your writing skills and those of your employees to promote the reputation and image of your organization.  By attending You Are What You Write, you will be prepared to:

    • Enhance your professional image
    • Understand different writing styles or approaches
    • Develop a method of writing, review and re-writing with your employees
    • Improve the written communication skills of emails, internal and external documents, and reports of those you supervise
    • Provide constructive feedback on written presentation skills
    • Leverage strong written communication skills with your team
    • Ensure alignment with reputation and branding of your organization
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