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2016 LCC Writers’ Retreat gives aspiring authors an opportunity

2016 LCC Writers’ Retreat gives aspiring authors an opportunity
The Lookout

By Larry Hook
The Lookout Adviser

Faculty members seeking a way to develop their writing skills can sign up for the second annual LCC Writers’ Retreat, which takes place Aug. 3 through 5.

The event will be held in the Arts & Sciences building room 215. There is no fee, but there is a limit of 16 participants.

Carole Kendy, an adjunct professor in the EHS Department at LCC, teaches Writing 121 and 122 online.  She said the writers’ retreat was born at The Teaching Professor Conference in Atlanta in 2015.

“I presented at that conference, and after my presentation was invited out to dinner by a professor from Oregon State University,” Kendy said.

“At dinner we got to talking about events designed to bring faculty together.  My dinner partner described the writers’ retreat, a faculty favorite on her campus. In fact it became so popular that the university offers the retreat twice a year.”

Kendy said she became intrigued by the idea, and wanted to bring such an event to LCC.

“I believed that such an event might help to bring our faculty together, too,” she said. “My goal is to bring faculty from across all disciplines to meet over a common interest outside of the classroom.

“So many of our faculty write or wish to write someday, so by providing  this time to fellowship with others, we can provide a safe space for all writers at all levels to explore their writing.”

The first retreat last summer was attended by 16 faculty members, and Kendy said it was a success.

“That group still sends email greetings, and many have become Facebook friends,” she said. “In fact, I have a waiting list of attendees from last year who wish to return this year.”

This year’s retreat runs Wednesday and Thursday, Aug. 3 and 4, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. It concludes Friday, Aug. 5 from 9 a.m. to noon.

Participants will have coffee and snacks provided. There will also be a potluck lunch on Thursday, Aug. 4.

Those interested must register by Friday, July 15. To register contact the EHS Service Desk either via email or phone: asd-ehs-service@lcc.email.edu or (517) 483-1018.

For more information, faculty members can contact Carole Kendy at kendyc@star.lcc.edu.

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