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Saturday, April 27

8:00-8:45 UAC 101 (Registration/Check-in) (Registration/Check-in)
9:00-9:30 UAC Foyer Dean Jayme McGhan High Impact Storytelling in the Classroom (or How to Be More Interesting Than Your Student’s Smartphones): This keynote address will cover strategies for utilizing narrative theory to construct stimulating and relevant pedagogy.
9:45-10:45 UAC 130 Professor Jesse GrothOlson Using Media Well: You’d better learn because our students are better at it than we are.
9:45-10:45 UAC 150 Dr. Matthew Boyleston Deliberate Practice and Creative Pedagogy: This session will focus on how to teach the Anders Ericsson method of “deliberate practice.” This pedagogy is well developed in arts education and may be utilized in many other fields to develop high levels of student success. Dr. Boyleston will model the method of “deliberate practice” and show how incorporating it into our creative writing curriculum has significantly changed the quality of our students’ writing. Dr. Boyleston will also present ways other disciplines may use this pedagogy to improve their student learning outcomes.
9:45-10:45 UAC 222 Fr. Micah Snell,                 Dr. Dennis Kinlaw,          Dr. Julianna Leachman Writing for College Scholarship and Beyond: This panel of HBU faculty will discuss composition and discussion-based reading, imitatio, and methods used in HBU’s Academy and Honors College.
9:45-10:45 UAC 122 Jennifer Hartenburg Narration–Path to Writing Fluency: Narration, or retelling, is a gentle yet powerful way to develop writing fluency and also reading comprehension. Consistent practice with narration builds habits of attention and observation, depth of understanding, and breadth of vocabulary and syntax as students imprint the writing of master authors through retelling. In this session, we will explore ways to incorporate oral and written narration in the classroom to help students benefit from their readings and verbalize their experiences.
11:00-12:00 UAC 130 Professor Bearden Coleman and  HBU Students Satellite: In this workshop, Professor Coleman and several students will share how they launched Satellite, HBU’s student-run-arts-and-culture online magazine. The students will reflect on the skills they acquired through this process, and Professor Coleman will speak to the ways he used the project to  teach students sound writing and editing habits. Together, Professor Coleman and students will offer practical advice for those who wish to start their own publications.
11:00-12:00 UAC 150 Dr. Julianna Leachman, Dr. Emily Stelzer,            Dr. Encarna Bermejo College Preparation Strategies and the Teaching of Writing: Faculty from HBU’s Department of English and Modern Languages discuss tips and strategies for strong academic writing. Topics will include Writing Across the Curriculum, Reading to Write, and Teaching Composition to Spanish Heritage Speakers.
11:00-12:00 UAC 122 HBU Creative Writing Alumni Panel: Joshua Jones, Kimberly Povloski Joshua Jones Cracking Jokes with Jesus: The Value of Humor in Spiritual Writing: Religious art excels at depictions of the stern, meditative, or transcendent, but often, as writers of faith, we overlook the value of humor. We must remember the incarnational importance of a sense of humor in our poems, stories, and essays. In this session we’ll hear some examples of contemporary religious writing that relies on humor and talk about the challenges and opportunities such writing presents.Kimberly Povlaski The Poetics of Negative Space: Poetry is a liminal art: it exists in two realms. We confront poetry as it is written and as it is spoken, as it manifests in a physical body (the poem on the page) and as it transcends that body (the poem in the air). More and more, contemporary poems are presented in extant forms. The limbs of the body are spread out, the page is dominated by negative space. T.S. Eliot once said that genuine poetry communicates before it is understood. What then is being communicated by poetry that not only contains, but is obsessed with emptiness, silence, and negation? This session attempts to investigate the epistemological implications of the morphology of contemporary poetry.
12:00-12:45 The Baugh (Lunch) (UAC Lobby and Coffee Room will stay open)
1:00-1:30 UAC Foyer HBU Creative Writing Alumni: Chelsea Hill, Joshua Jones, Kimberly Povloski A selection of poetry and prose by students from alumni of the HBU Creative Writing Program
1:45-2:45 UAC 130 HBU President Dr. Robert Sloan Writing Young Adult Fantasy, How and Why?: In this session, President Sloan will discuss his young adult fantasy series, Hamelin Stoop. He will discuss the importance of young adult fantasy literature and offer advice to aspiring writers of young adult fiction.
1:45-2:45 UAC 150 Professor Joshua Sikora, Dr. Matthew Boyleston, Dr. Bearden Coleman Introduction of HBU’s Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing and Master of Fine Arts in Screenwriting: In January of 2020, HBU will launch two innovative Master of Fine Arts programs in Creative Writing and Screenwriting. These programs will be delivered in an exciting low-residency model and will feature guest authors, workshop retreats, and access to industry contacts. Come hear about these new programs and what they have to offer.
1:45-2:45 UAC 122 Dr. Louis Markos
Rhythm and Rhyme–How to Decipher the Forms of Traditional Poetry: Until quite recently, all poetry written in English adhered to a set rhythm that is as rigid as it is supple, as systematic as it is inexhaustibly flexible: a fixed metrical scheme that combines (both physically and emotionally) the logical order of the mathematical proof with the gentle undulations of the lullaby.  Furthermore, the great majority of these poems wedded this set rhythm to an equally fixed rhyme scheme that lends these poems a unique beauty, balance, and harmony.  Come join us for an intensive fast-paced, interactive lecture that promises to guide its audience through the epic task of learning an entire language in a single sitting!  Learn the difference between an iamb and a dactyl, a masculine rhyme and a feminine rhyme, blank verse and free verse, ballad rhythm and the heroic couplet.  And, as you do so, train your ear to hear and your spirit to feel the subtle stresses and motions of poetry: a stress and a motion that is as quietly insistent as the flowing of the blood, the tilting of the earth, the spinning of the spheres.
1:45-2:45 UAC 222 Treva McKissic, Writers in the Schools Memory Blueprint–A WITS Writing Experience: Allow the power of memories and art to free your inner writer! In this mini-workshop, participants will receive hands-on opportunities to experience writing as a process while exploring their own creativity. Get ready to construct a blueprint and writing piece inspired by individual, personalized memories. No experience is required and all are welcome!
3:00-4:00 UAC 130 Professor Bearden Coleman Teaching the Analytic Essay through Film: Do your students have difficulty understanding what an analytic essay should look like? Do you find yourself struggling with students who confuse evaluative writing with analysis? Are your students averse to making claims about the meaning of texts? For years, I too had difficulty communicating the concept of analysis to young students who lacked confidence to make original claims about texts. In this workshop, I share how using films as texts helped my students gain a firm grasp on what makes analytical writing. The workshop will cover both in-class activities and out-of-class writing assignments.
3:00-4:00 UAC 150 Dr. Matthew Boyleston Viewed from the Keel of a Canoe: Dr. Boyleston will read from his book of poetry, Viewed from the Keel of a Canoe, and speak about the creative inspiration behind the poems, the creative process of composition, and tips for writers.
3:00-4:00 UAC 222 Dr. Dawn Wilson,            Dr. Katie Alaniz Teamwork Makes the Dream Work: The art of digital storytelling holds tremendous potential to capture the imagination of today’s learners, regardless of age or preferred learning style. In the session, we will explore proven methods for collaborative digital story design, demonstrating strategies for inspiring even reluctant writers to create meaningful and memorable stories brought to life. Attendees will walk away from the session with a toolkit full of tips and tricks for sparking engagement and learning through the process of digital story creation, and real-life examples will be provided along the way. Rather than focusing on tool choice (PC, Mac, etc.), the focus will be upon collaboratively conveying the story itself. After all, teamwork makes the dream work!
3:00-4:00 UAC 122 Dr. Jon Suter Is the Graphic Novel Ready for the Classroom?: Graphic novels can be defined as a hybrid of the traditional prose fictional narrative and the once disregarded comic strips and books. Libraries at all levels now include graphic novels and anthologies of old comic books and strips in their collections. In 1999 Time included Alan Moore’s Watchman in a list of the most important novels of the twentieth century. The 2016 edition of The Norton Anthology of Literature includes a selections from Marjane Satrapi’s Persepolis. Movies and television programs based on graphic novels enjoy wide popularity and are the subject of academic inquiry; e.g., James F. Iaccino’s Arrow and Superhero Television: Essays on Themes and Characters of the Series. Students are very aware of graphic novels, but are teachers ready to incorporate them? Writers of comic strips and books have to observe rules as strict as Aristotle’s unities and that writing can be analyzed. Comic artists can be evaluated by the same standards applied to more artists. The readership of comic books and graphic novels has shifted radically in the last forty years: pre-adolescents are no longer a substantial part of the market and an older audience means that many graphic novels are not suitable for either public or private schools. How can teachers use this hybrid genre? Can teachers from other disciplines such as history or sociology use graphic novels?I plan to have a bibliography of major anthologies, graphic novels, and critical studies along with notes on titles worthy of caution.
4:00-4:15  UAC Foyer Dr. Matthew Boyleston Closing Remarks