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ERIC Number: ED423913
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Apr
Pages: 55
Abstractor: N/A
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Adult Writing Programs in Ohio Public Libraries: Two Case Studies.
Esmonde, Gary
This paper reports on a study in which case studies of two adult writing programs in northeastern Ohio were developed to identify and describe elements that make up the programs. Data was gathered through obtrusive observation, interviews, and questionnaires. Both programs had been on going for at least 5 years. The "Geauga Writers Workshop" at Middlefield Library is a forum for readings and feedback of individual writings of participants. "Write on, Cleveland!" is housed at the East Cleveland Public Library and involves guest speakers within the writing profession who offer advice on how to publish and market. Though the programs are structured differently, similar components were identified as important to the effectiveness of both programs. Research found uniqueness, dedication of the program presenter, and administrative support to be such components. Certain elements such as lack of promotion, the autonomy of the presenter, and lack of evaluation suggest that improvements can be made. By comparing the variables of the two programs, this paper provides suggestions for model development with implementation possibilities. Nine appendices contain program schedules; program participant, presenter, and library administration consent forms; participant program evaluation; questionnaire return rates; presenter and library administrator interview questions; and field notes. (Author/DLS)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Ohio