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Howe Center hosts writing symposium


Miami University's Roger and Joyce L. Howe Center for Writing Excellence is hosting a symposium on writing in higher education at noon Tuesday, Nov. 1, in the Shiver Center Heritage Room. Reservations for the event are required by Oct. 27.

The symposium, which features Anne Beaufort of University of Washington-Tacoma and John C. Bean of Seattle University, focuses on “Preparing College Students To Be Superb Writers After Graduation.”

Beaufort will present “College Writing and Beyond: A Framework for Re-thinking Writing in Discipline-Specific Courses.” Bean will offer two linked but stand-alone workshops on “Preparing College Students to Write Like Expert Insiders.”

The first workshop, “From Novice to Expert: Creating Meaning-Making Assignments that Accelerate Students’ Growth as Disciplinary Thinkers, Writers, and Researchers” will begin at 1:30 p.m. The second, “‘Expert Insider Prose’: Designing Short, Scaffolded Assignments That Teach the Moves of Academic Research in Your Discipline,” will be at 3:15 p.m.

Beaufort has published two ethnographic studies of writers in university and workplace settings, Writing in the Real World: Making the Transition from School to Work (1999) and College Writing and Beyond: A New Framework for University Writing Instruction (2007). Her current research interests include investigating ways traditional and new visual media can enhance development of writing skills and investigating writing protocols for improving physical and mental health.

Bean wrote Engaging Ideas: The Professor’s Guide to Writing, Critical Thinking, and Active Learning in the Classroom(2011 second edition) and co-authored several textbooks on composition and argument. His most recent scholarship has focused on assessment of student learning and on teaching rhetorical use of numbers.

Lunch is provided for those who request a reservation by Oct. 27. Requests should be sent to and should indicate whether the attendee will participate in one or both of the workshops.


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