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Writing workshop returns by popular demand

May 26, 2004

KALAMAZOO--A writing workshop on Michigan's scenic Beaver Island will be reprised this summer by Western Michigan University.

Last year's popular "Writing for Publication: A Workshop on the Craft of Publishing Articles in Magazines or Professional Journals," will be offered from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday, July 12 through 15, at the Beaver Island Community School in St. James.

This coached, hands-on writing experience is aimed at educators and others who have little experience in writing for or getting published in magazines, particularly professional journals. Attendees will leave with a completed article and submission letter.

The workshop will focus on how to perfect a clear, forceful writing style and will address effective ways to start articles, eliminate jargon and fuzzy writing, and make articles attractive to periodical editors.

It is being held on Beaver Island as a way of stimulating the creative senses. Attendees will spend their mornings in an intensive learning environment, then have their afternoons and evenings free to continue working or tour Beaver Island and enjoy its recreational amenities. They are encouraged to use part of their free time to vacation on the island with family and friends.

Leading the workshop again this year will be Dr. Lawrence B. Schlack, WMU associate professor emeritus of educational leadership and a former superintendent of the Barry Intermediate School District in Hastings, Mich. Schlack has taught writing for the past 20 years and has helped a variety of people produce articles suitable for publication in periodicals.

Preregistration by July 2 is required to attend the workshop, which costs $275 per person. An additional fee is charged for those taking the workshop for academic credit from WMU. Space is limited, so early registration is advised. To register, follow the instructions in the event brochure, which is available by visiting the Web site at <conference.wmich.edu> or by calling WMU's Conferences and Seminars office at (269) 387-4174.

Those planning to attend the workshop also are advised to make their travel and lodging arrangements early, as Beaver Island plays host to numerous summer visitors. The 90-square-mile island, located in Lake Michigan about 22 miles from Charlevoix, is considered one of Michigan's most beautiful and treasured historic places. More information is available online at <www.beaverisland.net> or by calling (231) 448-2505.

Media contact: Jeanne Baron, 269 387-8400, jeanne.baron@wmich.edu

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