[Brawn_list] BRAWN Summer Institute

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Mar 082012

Here's a notice from Matthew Parfitt of BU through the BRAWN list.  Many of you have probably already seen it, but just in case. . .

Dear fellow BRAWN members:

I'm delighted to send you the announcement for the first BRAWN Summer Institute for Teachers of Writing, which will be held at Boston University from June 1 to June 3, 2012.  It is being organized by Joe Bizup, Neal Lerner, and myself, but many other members are contributing as session facilitators or keynotes.

The Institute is intended primarily for instructors of college writing who would like to develop their skills and their familiarity with the field, so please circulate this to instructors in your programs, and talk it up, if you can.

Thanks to grants from Boston University's Center for the Humanities, and Center for Excellence and Innovation in Teaching, and from Northeastern University's English Department, participation is free, but a simple application process is required, with a deadline of March 20.

You can find further details in the attachment.  If you have questions, please let me — or Joe or Neal — know.  Thank you! — Matt

Matthew Parfitt
Associate Professor, Chair
Rhetoric Division
College of General Studies

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Support for Summer Writers

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Jun 142010

Kerry Ann Rockquemore’s column Support for Summer Writers at Inside Higher Ed is well worth a look for those who (like me) can find a million things to do other than write with all that time summer offers:

While we often fantasize about the freedom that summer represents, there are some important challenges to consider during the summer months. The most important challenge is the deception of unstructured time. Freedom from teaching, committee meetings, advising, and the day-to-day drama of campus life can create the delusion that we have lots of time. Imagining that we have infinite time can lead us to procrastinate and/or belabor tasks unnecessarily. Additionally, for those of you who aren’t daily writers during the academic year, you may experience the challenge of heightened expectations. In other words, putting off writing until the summer can create intense pressure (particularly for tenure-track faculty) that you must complete a year’s worth of writing in three short months.

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