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Writers’ Workshop This Saturday

Published March 14, 2014 by Dr. Tammy Powley

Fort Pierce, Florida March15, 2014:  With the support of the Indian River State College (IRSC) Foundation (The Gladys Williams Wolf Endowed Teaching Chair in Communications) and The Center for Media and Journalism Studies, the English, Communication, and Modern Languages Department will offer a Writer’s Day on March 15th in the Brown Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Room Y-102, on the IRSC Ft. Pierce Campus.  The session will be held from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Lunch will be provided.  This program is designed to enhance anyone’s writing and thinking.  Participants may register for a fee of $25.00 per person (payable to the IRSC Foundation). Participation is limited to the first fifty-five registrants.

This year we will focus on poetry and flash fiction. Many of the day’s activities prompt participants to produce short works on the spot that will be shared at the end of the day.

The program will also include multi-media, interactive presentations, and discussions dealing with a variety of writing related topics, such as: dialogue, style, poetic language, cultivating wonder, mystery boxes, characterization, passion, play, creativity, beauty, failure, technology, listening, critical thinking, and so on.

These discussions will improve writing and communication techniques and foster an aesthetic appreciation for written expression.

For further information, contact:

Dr. Matthew Brooks or (772) 462-7842


Writer’s Day at IRSC March 2013

Published February 23, 2013 by Dr. Tammy Powley

The Indian River State College Center for Media and Journalism Studies (CMJS) is sponsoring a Writer’s Day event on March 16, 2013 from 8:45 to 5pm. It will be on the main campus in Ft. Pierce, Florida, in the Brown Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship in room Y-102. Participants must register in advance. You can find out all the details on the CMJS website at this link:

Digital Memoir Links

Published October 30, 2011 by Dr. Tammy Powley

Here are some links you might helpful when writing your own digital narrative.

Sample narrative weblogs:

Free places to blog:

How-to Blogging Videos: (wordpress) (wordpress) (blogger)

Memoir how-to’s:

For some inspiration, go to and watch this video of Carmen Agra Deedy who tells a funny story about her mother.

Writing for the Web

Published June 10, 2008 by Dr. Tammy Powley

In my blog classes, I usually touch on the difference between writing for the web versus writing for hard copy publications. I say “touch” because I’m sure I could easily teach an entire class on web writing, and the main focus of my blog classes at this point tend to be more nuts and bolts.

Today, someone showed me this article from usability guru Jakob Nielsen, so it is something I think I will start pointing my classes to for those who are interested in finding out more concerning blog-related writing. I don’t necessarily agree with 100% of what he says, but most of it I think has some truth to it, and he is considered an expert in the topic so his theories are worth knowing about: Writing Style for Print vs Web.

Speaking at Writers’ Conference

Published April 19, 2008 by Dr. Tammy Powley

For those listening to my presentation on weblogs tomorrow at the IRCC Writer’s Conference, here are some links you may want to check out. Many of these I mention in my presentation: (A list blogger) (info about professionalblogging) (a filter blog) (a combo blog) (The Manolo) (my way cool blog) (good site/blog integration example)

Lifelong Learning Class Ova!

Published March 20, 2008 by Dr. Tammy Powley

handskeyboard.jpgOur spring session of the Basic Blogging class for IRCC’s Lifelong Learning Institute is over, and it went really well. I’ve even started a special blog roll section for students’ blogs, so check it out!

Thank you to all the students who attended and to Laura Kelley for all her help with setting it up. We had a great time, and I look forward to teaching it again in fall 2008.