Thursday, Feb. 13, 2014

Writing Expert Visits Freshmen English Classes at UNO

First-year students at the University of New Orleans are boning up on grammar and composition rules this week as they prepare to meet the author of their English textbooks.

Join Us!

Bruce Ballenger will hold a workshop for students and faculty at 12:30 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 20 in Liberal Arts 140.

Faculty will reconvene in the afternoon for a customized professional development workshop in the Writing Center at 1:30 p.m.

Bruce Ballenger, who authored the ENGL 1157 and 1158 textbook visits campus Thursday, Feb. 20 to lead a series of writing workshops for students and faculty. Ballenger visits UNO at the invitation of the Department of English and the Freshman Writing Program.

Ballenger, a professor of English and former department Chair at Boise State University who specializes in composition theory, inquiry-based learning, and creative nonfiction, is the author of seven books, including UNO's Freshman Writing textbooks The Curious Writer and The Curious Researcher, said freshman writing instructor Allison Arnold. He has published more than 30 articles and essays in publications ranging from River Teeth: A Journal of Narrative Nonfiction to College English. His latest book, Crafting Truth: Short Studies in Creative Nonfiction was published in 2011.

Ballenger leads workshops at universities around the U.S. on writing and inquiry, the research paper, and creative nonfiction. Most recently, he led sessions at Portland State University, the Oregon Rhetoric and Composition Conference, Western Oregon University, Michigan State University, Florida State University, and Murray State University.