ERIC Number: ED246461
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Mar
Reference Count: 0
The Rewards and Tribulations of Meeting the Writing Needs of Untraditional Students in Advanced Composition.
The Writer's Center at Elgin Community College (Illinois) was established to provide students, writers, and would-be-writers with an opportunity to share and discuss common problems and successes in writing. The group holds meetings and invites local writers, editors, and others to address them. Members are encouraged to read short stories, articles, and excerpts from books they are writing. When writings are published, colleagues and members are honored. The center received so much praise and enthusiasm that the group decided to offer a writer's conference in the Spring of 1981. Applicants were accepted on the basis of the manuscripts they submitted and each workshop was restricted to no more than 15 members. The conference began with a Friday night lecture from the workshop leaders and continued with workshops, classes, and readings of professional and student writing until Saturday afternoon. The enthusiastic response to the conference resulted in repeated conferences in 1982 and 1983. Although the conferences encompass a great deal of work and are not without their difficulties, their history of success prompts the staff into planning for another one. (HOD)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Writers Conferences
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Conference on College Composition and Communication (35th, New York City, NY, March 29-31, 1984).