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MCR ENGL-READ dept offering freebies for sign-ups, again

MC English and Reading

Register for classes in the MC Rockville English and Reading Dept office (Macklin Tower-526, MT526) and receive a FREE Goodie Bag filled with water bottles, diaries, pens, highlighters, WEPA cards and much more!

Register for summer or fall 2017 classes starting:

  • April 3 for summer
  • May 1 for fall

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Fiction Writing Goes Global

 

Art may be the result of achieving what James Joyce called “wholeness, harmony, and radiance,” but what about the craft of writing?

Joyce Carol Oates claims that “inspiration and energy and even genius are rarely enough to make ‘art.'” Prose fiction engages one in craft, and craft must be learned.

You will learn your craft in ENGL-264 with Dr. Dickison, who holds an M.A. in the creative writing of short fiction.

Forge sketches and craft full-length stories through the study of character, dialogue, plot, theme, action, symbol, imagery, narrative, and careful revision and editing. Study the masters in order to engage powerful influences for the rhythm and force of your own prose, your own “vivid, continuous dream,” as John Gardner put it.

Unique opportunity: Connect with creative writing students in India by way of the Global Classrooms initiative; Dr. Dickison has arranged for virtual discussions between his ENGL-264 students and young writers at Jindal Global University in Delhi. Our connections should be rich with cultural possibility, and we will focus on creative non-fiction as a genre through which to exchange works and ideas using Skype, Collaborate, and other methods of communication. Don’t miss this rare opportunity to share your ideas and creative writing on a global scale.

  • Register for ENGL264, CRN31235,
  • Wednesday evenings, 6:30 – 9:10 p.m.
  • Questions? Email swift.dickison@montgomerycollege.edu; or call 240 567-4004.

 

Free Stuff @ENGL-READ Open House

Mobile pockets will be free.
Free “mobile pockets,” lanyards, styluses and other free stuff at the English-Reading Department Open House, Monday Nov. 14, 2 to 4 p.m. Science Center rooms 151 and 152.

Come to the English and Reading Department Open House on Monday 14 November, from 2 – 4 in SC 151 and 152 on the Rockville campus.

The event is a chance for students to see what will be offered next semester, get help with their schedules, decide on General Education information and otherwise get into the swing for spring!

We’ll have games (oh yes we will!), giveaways, advisors to help you make decisions, and laptops ready for your registration! It’s a one-stop shopping extravaganza!

By all means, pop on by.  It will be more fun than you imagine.

Zach Benavidez, former faculty, dies.

Prof. Zach Benavidez
Prof. Zach Benavidez

The Montgomery College English and Reading community is saddened by the very unexpected passing of Prof. Zach Benavidez.  Prof. Benavidez will always be a loving, caring person in our hearts and memories.  He touched lives and brought many smiles and creativity to our faculty, staff and students. He was a creative writing and literature teacher. He will be missed.

We would like to extend our condolences to his family.

In honor of Zach, we are sharing some of his creative writing with you.  If you need support during this time, please contact the English and Reading office and we can direct you to some college resources.

Fiction: The Dog on Sitting Woman Mountain

Fiction: Exactly What You Want

Prof. Benavidez’s blog: Untying My Hands

He had resigned his position on the faculty a year or more ago. His family has established a gofundme site, and they are asking for donations and good wishes.

 

Engaging in the Flipped Classroom

Montgomery College Faculty and StaffProf. Steve Thurston (English-R), has a piece about the flipped classroom on the Schoology blog site. (Schoology is a competitor to Blackboard.)

In the piece, Thurston argues that faculty need to think more about becoming “facilitators” of the students’ educations rather than professors. Flipping the classroom could help that a lot.

 

Destressing Before Finals: Crafting Found Poems

Creative Writing of Poetry students on the Rockville campus finished the semester crafting found poetry collages.

Using magazines, origami paper, calendars, pens, crayons and markers, the students developed poetry that looked as beautiful as it sounded.  Some student poets plan to use their work as their portfolio covers, others will be displaying them as works of art.

Regardless of the plan, a lot of laughter and fun went into the creation, fueled by cookies and lemonade.

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Take Grammar: Summer 1

Do you hate grammar? So did Prof. Thurston when he was in high school.

Now, he breaks down the intimidating and confusing rules of this important subject using a clear series of videos, lectures and exercises.

Not only will students learn many rules–such as how to use that pesky semicolon (;)–but also how to think of grammar in terms of power in their writing, using the rules of grammar to express their own meaning more clearly.

Take the Principles of English Grammar, Summer 1 2016

  • CRN: 40313
  • Monday through Thursday: 10:30 to 12:40
  • Humanities Building 317, Rockville Campus

Mythology: Expand Your Universe

M Y T H O L O G Y

Creation  Beauty  Power  Terror  Quest  Revelation  Dream  Transformation  

Apotheosis Apocalypse

~birthplace of belief ~ guardian of mystery ~ gateway to insight ~ inspiration~

ENCOUNTER ANCIENT GODS & HEROS OF PAST AND PRESENT. DISCOVER THE POWERFUL PRESENCE OF MYTHOLOGY TODAY IN FILM, ART, FICTION, AND EVERYDAY LIFE.

CHANGE THE WAY YOU SEE THE WORLD — FOREVER.

ENGL 122 CRN20769 TR 8:00-9:15 a.m.

Introduction to World Mythology

Fall 2016 Prof. Carol Malmi

Illustration: The Pillars of Creation, a star-forming region of the Eagle Nebula

Rockville Dept. Meeting

From MCR Chair Elizabeth Benton:

Hello faculty, I’d like to share with you the department meeting dates.

  • February 19 from 1:30-3:00 in SB 202
  • March 22 from 4:00-5:00 in SB 202 
  • April 22 from 1:30-3:00 in SB 202
  • May 3 from 4:00-5:00 in SB 202 (Discussion Forum)

We will continue our semester theme from fall “Semester in Engagement.”  If you would like to share something on the topic of engagement (faculty, student, scholarship, conference work) for 15 minutes at one of our meetings, please let me know.  Sharing your expertise and interest is very helpful and inspiring for the rest of us.

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