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UTSA hosts Oct. 23 writing workshop, 'From Memoirs to Stories to Publications'

Rebecca Hoag and Sharon Mullen

Workshop speakers Rebecca Hoag and Sharon Mullen

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(Oct. 21, 2010)--The San Antonio Writing Project (SAWP) of the UTSA Department of Interdisciplinary Learning and Teaching will host a workshop, "From Memoirs to Stories to Publications," from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 23 in the Frio Street Building Multipurpose Room (1.402) at the UTSA Downtown Campus.

Participants will learn methods to improve their writing skills and hear presentations from keynote speakers Sharon Mullen and Rebecca Hoag from the Holocaust Museum of San Antonio and Jeanette Pierce, SAWP teacher and writer.

The speakers will discuss "Our Voices, Our Lives: Twenty Holocaust Survivors Remember," a book written by four educators based on local survivor interviews conducted by the University of Southern California's Shoah Foundation.

The workshop is free for university students with identification and $25 for non-SAWP and National Writing Project members. Participants will receive five professional development credits.

Founded in 2006, SAWP is part of the National Writing Project (NWP) with more than 200 sites across the United States. The goal of NWP is to have teachers teaching best-practice writing to each other.

For more information, visit the San Antonio Writing Project website or e-mail Rachel Stevenson.

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Students in classes of the writing project teachers consistently score higher on their writing exams. For research results, visit the National Writing Project website.

 

 

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