GRCC hosts writing conference Feb. 7-8

Feb. 1, 2018 GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Grand Rapids Community College students will gain skills that will help them in any career during the Who Cares? Why Bother? Real Writing for Real People conference on Feb. 7 and 8.

The public is also invited to the free sessions, which start at 9:30 a.m. both days in the Wisner-Bottrall Applied Technology Center, 151 Fountain St. NE. The topics go far beyond writing for the classroom, said James Hayes, an instructor in GRCC's English Department. 

"The Who Cares? Why Bother? conference allows students and other members of the community to see how professionals from a wide range of disciplines implement writing into their daily lives, both at and away from the workplace," he said.

The schedule includes sessions on:

  • Publishing and Writing, led by Splattered Ink Press' Tricia MacDonald.
  • The Importance of Journaling, led by Jeff Kissinger, of GRCC's Information Technology Department. 
  • Email Like a Pro: This is Not a Text, led by GRCC business professor Ann Alexander.

New this year is a session for GRCC students to share their writing: from 11-11:45 a.m. Feb. 8 in room 120 of the ATC.

"The student open reading provides a showcase for gifted writers to share their work with a wide audience outside the parameters of the classroom," Hayes said.

No registration is required for any of the free sessions.

Grand Rapids Community College has been offering educational opportunities in West Michigan for more than 100 years. Established in 1914, the college offers degree courses, certification and training programs, and workshops and personal enrichment classes. Offerings are held on GRCC’s downtown Grand Rapids campus, and at several locations throughout Kent and Ottawa counties, as well as through distance learning.

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