10 a.m. - 12 p.m. | Lawrence 306
Blogging is a powerful way for writers to educate, inform, and influence diverse audiences about subjects and causes that they are passionate about. This class is designed to introduce the topic of blogging. Students will learn the basics of blogging; how to develop, launch, and manage their own blogs; and how to leverage audiences by contributing to existing blogs and/or serving as guest bloggers. Students will learn about blogging services (e.g., Blogger, WordPress, Wix); discover tools to manage and promote their own blogs; and examine specific blogs to see what makes them successful. Finally, students will try their hands at blogging by taking part in a 15-minute assignment where they will put their newfound knowledge to work by crafting a short blog.
Robb C. Sewell received his Bachelor of Arts in English from Rutgers University and his Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from Rosemont College where he was honored for outstanding creative writing and academic achievement. He has written over two-dozen blog posts on GLBT topics for Collingswood Patch; maintained his own blog on entertainment and writing; and authored guest blogs about social media. Additionally, EDGE Media has published over 50 of his entertainment reviews/articles. He was an instructor in the Y Young Achievers program in Philadelphia in 2009-2010, tutored writing students, developed a professional development program for staff of the Heldrich Center for Workforce Development at Rutgers University, taught various classes in that same program, and regularly teaches a publications design class for Rutgers employees.
10 a.m. - 12 p.m. | Lawrence 307
Poetry is all around us in expected and unexpected ways. It enables writers to communicate ideas through lyrical language that can be compelling, whimsical, and artistic—like painting a picture. For writers that are not poets, it serves as an exercise to practice economy of words and develop language fluidity. This class is designed to help students develop their poetic style. Through a series of poetry exercises students will learn how to effectively craft a poem. Students will also learn about publishing opportunities available to high school students.
Christina Litman has extensively studied poetry throughout undergraduate and graduate school. She received her Bachelor of Arts in English from Villanova University and her Master of Arts in English and Publishing from Rosemont College (thesis with distinction). She is currently a freelance editor, and guest lectures at Montgomery County Community College on poetry and publishing.
1 - 3 p.m. | Lawrence 306
In this course, we will look at what defines Creative Nonfiction, including some short reading examples. We’ll consider the ethical factors that arise when getting creative with the truth. Then, we’ll play – both as a group and individually – with some writing exercises designed to get students in touch with their own great stories.
Jack Stanton is entering his final Semester in the Rosemont College MFA Creative Writing program, with an emphasis in Creative Nonfiction. He will be writing a book entitled The Other Berkshire Hathaway for his thesis. He is a tennis teaching professional by trade and for fun; he’s an avid guitar player and singer.