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February 25, 2009

Gavilan College Writing Center to host writers from near and far


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WHO: The Gavilan College Writing Center, coordinated by Gavilan College faculty members Kimberly Smith, Jessica Hooper and Scott Sandler, and CSUMB's Natasha Ohelman

WHAT: Is hosting "Awakening the Writer Within: connecting brains, bodies, and environments" the 16th annual conference of the Northern California Writing Center Association. The conference will focus on college writing centers as "resources for discovery and play." Participants will learn abut the impact of a center's physical and conceptual form, and consider questions such as "what role do writing centers play in helping writers develop and sense of their power and purpose?" and "how can centers mitigate the anxiety and fear that many writers feel when producing academic work in an outcome-oriented environment?"
150-200 conference attendees will be present, representing numerous Northern California institutions of higher learning including community colleges, University of California, California State University and private university campuses.
Keynote speakers: 
Ruth Danon, Ph.D., Master Teacher, Creative and Expository Writing, New York University and the author of two books:  "Triangulation From a Known Point" and "Work in the English Novel."
April Krasner, Master Teacher of Developmental Writing at New York University. A poet with published work in Icarus, Iconoclast, and Poet Lore.

WHEN: 8 a.m.- 8 p.m., Saturday February 28, 2009

WHERE: Gavilan College Gilroy Campus

Registration and Continental Breakfast: 8 a.m. - 8:50 a.m in the Student Center
Keynote address, 9:15 a.m. - 10:10 a.m. in the APE gym
Reception: 5:30 p.m. - 8 p.m. in the APE gym
A complete conference brochure and workshop schedule is available at

WHY: The Gavilan College Writing Center serves the campus community by fostering, celebrating and encouraging writers and the varied and multiple purposes and audiences that writing serves. The center assists writers in identifying and developing tools and strategies to meet goals for their writing both in and out of the classroom. Likewise, the center collaborates with instructors in identifying and developing best writing teaching practices across the curriculum. It offers space for exploration and reflection on a wide range of written material, promotes an appreciation for literature and literacy and cultivates diverse writers’ voices and the communities that nurture them.

The Writing Center is available to all Gavilan College students. For more information about the Writing Center, call (408) 848-4811 or go to



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