Dystopian Writing Symposium for Teachers & Students

Dystopian Writing Symposium for Teachers & Students

Postby susanm » Mon Sep 10, 2012 1:33 pm

Dystopian Writing Symposium for Teachers and Credential Students
Saturday, September 22, 2012

The Arne Nixon Center is teaming up with Fresno State’s Department of English and the San Joaquin Valley Writing Project to offer a writing symposium for teachers and credential students focused on dystopian literature for young people. Entitled “Obsessions with Dystopia: Writing the Future,” the symposium will be held on Saturday, September 22, at 9:00 a.m. in the Education Building, Room 140, on the Fresno State campus. The Hunger Games, The Giver, 1984, and other new and classic novels will be discussed. Topics for consideration include, gender, environmentalism, and colonialism in the genre.

The morning session will feature a talk by science fiction author and Fresno State faculty member Howard Hendrix entitled “Happy Talk From Hell's Mouth: Media Content and Dystopian Discontent in Recent and Classic Science Fiction.” Hendrix is the author of six novels, including Spears of God (2006) and The Labyrinth Key (2004).

Attendees can choose one of three afternoon workshops aimed at different grade levels: middle school, high school, and community college. These small group sessions will provide hands-on activities to encourage critical thinking and to promote effective writing skills. The use of library resources, including those located in the Arne Nixon Center, will be addressed in the workshops.

“Obsessions with Dystopia” is the first of three symposia to help to educate teachers and credential students on current topics in children’s and young adult literature and to assist them in their efforts to improve student writing. The other symposia are “Embracing Diversity: The Question of Bullying” (January 26, 2013) and “New Perspectives through Illustration and Visual Literacy” (May 11, 2013). The three symposia may be taken together for one unit of college credit ($125) through Fresno State’s Continuing and Global division or taken on an individual basis: full series without credit, $50; single session, $20. Prices include a box lunch.

Registration deadline is September 17. The first 40 teachers to register will receive a copy of M.T. Anderson’s novel Feed.

For more information, visit http://sjvwp.org/open-programs/, send email to Kathee Godfrey at kgodfrey@csufresno.edu, or call the Arne Nixon Center at 559.278.8116.
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