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Writing, Publishing and Marketing in 2020

Publishing houses traditionally published books but today, authors take on this responsibility themselves. They use their visibility on social media platforms, connections with other authors and the relationship with media outlets to reach their target audience of potential readers.

The level of their influence and reach affects how many books they are able to sell. This is not to say that quality does not play an important role too. In 2020, book publishing and marketing lives largely online and interviews, podcasts, webinars and workshops are all proving to be viable alternatives to the traditional book launch.

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Academic Writing and Rhetoric – September 09

Academic Writing University Center (NUST MISiS) in cooperation with the Association of Academic Writing Experts “National Writing Centres Consortium” and English Language Office (ELO) by U.S. Embassy in Moscow offers free online course Academic Writing and Rhetoric

This class will focus on developing essential academic reading, writing, and public speaking skills primarily for graduate and post-graduate students and faculty. REGISTER NOW

Course start:   September 09, 2020

Duration: 9 weeks

Class time:      Wednesday   17:00 – 19:00

Online platform: Zoom

Course Description: This class will focus on developing essential academic research, reading, and writing skills primarily for graduate and post-graduate students and faculty. Participants will develop research, reading, and writing skills needed to be successful in an academic and professional environment. A variety of materials will give the students the opportunity to analyze and comment on written examples, generate their own exercises, improve their own original work, and prepare academic presentations. The class is designed to meet the needs and demands placed on scholars and faculty to read, write, and present formal, research-based academic material.

Prerequisites: 

Students who wish to enroll in this intensive, 8-week course must demonstrate the following:

  • ability to write a research paper in their field of study
  • high level critical thinking skills to comprehend, analyze, evaluate, and respond to complex texts
  • vocabulary knowledge and ability to pick up context clues to make inferences
  • understand the main ideas and details of complex academic listening sources
  • take organized notes on academic lectures
  • communicate accurately and fluently using effective presentation skills on academic topics and participate in active discussions

Objectives: 

Participants will be able to:

  • Develop and apply research strategies to determine validity and academic rigor of source material.
  • Expand academic vocabulary to increase class participation and comprehension of academic texts at the graduate level.
  • Employ various reading and writing strategies to improve comprehension and expression for academic purposes at the graduate and post-graduate level.
  • Evaluate and produce clear, well-structured and complex academic texts.
  • Create and deliver presentations of academic material.
  • Use online and campus academic resources and support services.

Successful Completion:

Students will be awarded a certificate of completion when they meet/fulfill the following requirements:

  • Complete all writing assignments as scheduled on the syllabus (1 Short Article Summary; 1 five-source annotated bibliography; 1 Article Critique).
  • Actively participate in classroom discussions when we meet via Zoom and in Discussions on Google (details will be provided in the syllabus).
  • Complete one audiovisual presentation using PowerPoint, Slides, Prezi, or any similar online presentation platform via Zoom, Google, or other similar platform (details will be provided in the syllabus).
  • Maintain satisfactory attendance in Zoom at or above 75%.

***Additional course objectives and specific assignments will be posted on Google Classroom***

Instructor: Leticia Medina

Leticia Medina (AWUC)

 

Email: leticiamedinatx@gmail.com

Leticia Medina is a doctoral fellow at the University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) in Texas, where she has also been a Lecturer in the Writing Program and an instructor in the English for International Students (EIS) program. Leticia’s teaching experience encompasses instruction in academic writing as well as teaching World and British literature. Most recently, Leticia taught Advanced English for Academic Purposes to international PhD students from a number of foreign countries, including India, Iran, Bangladesh, México, Brazil, China, Russia, and Angola, among others.

 

SSLWebinar

SSLWebinar

“Advocating for L2 Writers in the COVID-19 Era: Administrative Strategies”

Discussion Leaders: Shelley Staples and Christine Tardy 1-2:30 pm on June 12, 2020 (Arizona Time; MST; UTC-7) In this discussion-driven webinar, we will consider some of the administrative and financial challenges that university writing and language programs are facing as their institutions face severe financial pressures and remote instruction for international students. Continue reading SSLWebinar

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Textbook is not the best way to learn, by Bill Gates

Learning is an important objective among all the students studying across different levels. Text books are considered as one of the most important source of information utilised by a student in order to enhance their knowledge and understanding. Textbook are the part of one’s education life but with the changing learning environment, the process of learning is also significantly changed. Continue reading Textbook is not the best way to learn, by Bill Gates

CWCA

Pilcrow Studio Writing Retreat May 24th 4pm – May 27th 2020 Bluewater, Ontario

The CWCA/ACCR and CWCR/RCCR are excited to invite proposals to the first Pilcrow Studio Writing Retreat for writing scholars, instructors, and tutors at a lovely AirBnB Cottage in Bluewater, Ontario on the shores of Lake Huron.

The Pilcrow Studio retreat offers an opportunity for focused writing in community with your writing centre colleagues from across the country. Continue reading Pilcrow Studio Writing Retreat May 24th 4pm – May 27th 2020 Bluewater, Ontario