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Professional Writing

Writing conference website screenshot


This post contains some (still rather disjointed) notes and ideas from the 2014 Maryland Conference on Academic & Professional Writing, which I recently attended. It was a useful conference, and I was especially excited about presentations by Anne Wysocki and Jeanne Fahnestock.

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Maintaining Work/Life Balance

I’m giving a workshop today on Maintaining Work/Life Balance, with special focus on the difficulties this task presents depending upon a person’s gender. This workshop is part of a series about Writing Instruction Across the Disciplines, but most of these tips are applicable to writing teachers of all kinds as well as many professionals.  I’m including here the handout and worksheet used in this short workshop. In addition, some useful resources for thinking about maintaining work/life balance are listed below.



A feminist alternative to MOOCs: Distributed Open Collaborative Courses. DOCCs take all the good stuff from MOOCs but also emphasize collaborative learning and distributed knowledge by decentralizing authority. Hopefully, this will address the problem of retention in a way that is efficient for all participants.

Efficiency = effectiveness

In a sponsor email from the Chronicle today, I saw this tidbit and snapped a screenshot to add to my collection of “efficiency” definitions. In this case, efficiency appears to be synonymous with effectiveness–and is apparently in direct opposition to liberal arts agendas. Fascinating. Image

Child Marriage

A student passed this along to me:

I think having Western women who are so carefully and responsibly engaged–and who make their embodiment clear throughout–in investigating child marriage makes this documentary particularly fascinating.

Also see this post: https://erinafrost.com/2011/08/10/preventing-child-marriage-a-complex-cultural-battle/