Craft of Writing Workshops Offered by The Writing Center

The CMC Writing Center will be launching a new workshop series this semester for students who want to develop their skills as writers in specific areas of expertise. “The Craft of Writing” series will bring professionals from a variety of fields to the college to conduct intensive two-hour, hands-on workshops with small groups of students. Classes will be limited to 15 students and will give students the opportunity to get to know the instructors and to benefit personally from their expertise.

“We have many talented student writers at CMC who are eager to meet with professional writers to talk about writing as a craft,” says Professor Audrey Bilger, Faculty Director of the Writing Center. “These workshops will be both practical and inspirational.”

CMC alumna Lori Kozlowski (’00) will facilitate the first workshop in the series on Friday, February 18, from 1-3 p.m. in the Writing Center (Bauer Center 32). Kozlowski is a staff writer and editor for The Los Angeles Times, who has been working in journalism for the past decade. Her workshop will focus on crafting meaningful interview questions and on the proper use of interview source material in journalistic writing.

Another CMC alumna, Lisa Bosley (’00), will host a session on the essentials of “Writing for Business” on Friday, March 4, from 1:30-3:30 p.m. in Bauer Center 25. Bosley has been helping businesses refine their marketing communications since 2000. She has worked in the asset management industry, serving with firms such as Analytic Investors and Nicholas-Applegate. Bosley will help students get their writing in shape for that internship or big job.

For students who want to learn how to get a laugh, comic writer Glenn Schwartz will showcase “Writing Comedy for Performance” in a workshop on Friday, March 25, from 1-3 p.m. in the Writing Center. Schwartz is the winner of stand-up comedy contests at Caroline’s New York, Stand Up New York, and Gilda’s Club. He has appeared in two cover stories for Backstage newspaper. He will share some of the tricks of the trade and walk students through the steps it takes to make that journey from the page to the stage.

Brianne Widaman, founder of Revolution of Real Women, an organization that uses social networking to confront distorted images of women in the media, will introduce students to “The Art of the Tweet and Other Social Media” on Friday, April 22, from 1-3 p.m. in Bauer Center 22. Widaman is an entrepreneur, writer, activist, and social media consultant. She has worked in the music industry and on the Obama Campaign and understands the effectiveness of social media as a tool for networking and building solidarity within a movement.

These workshops will be free for students of the Claremont Colleges. To reserve a place, students should contact The Writing Center. Enrollment will be limited to 15 participants.