Friday, October 12, 2012

Oregon and Washington Friends ~ The Two Andrews

The Two Andrews, Andrew Kern of CiRCE Institute and Andrew Pudewa of Institute for Excellence in Writing (IEW), are coming to Tigard on December 5th! They are speaking on writing and teaching writing.

From the seminar description:

Sessions Include:

The Four Language Arts: Listening, reading, speaking, and writing – Pudewa
Nurture excellent communication skills even more effectively by understanding the relationship between these four critical skills.

The Three Writing Challenges: Solved! – Kern
The three canons as solutions to the three problems; the place of rhetoric as the “deep logic” of the entire curriculum and therefore as the natural ordering principle of the student’s studies. Indeed, what was classical rhetoric and what happened to it?

The Five Paths to Great Writing – Kern
Theoretical: understanding the science of writing;
Literary: studying the great masterpieces of literature as models;
Critical: learning the details of good usage;
Practical: practicing the art of writing;
Linguistic: translating great works of literature into and out of English.

Developing the Essayist: A natural approach – Pudewa
How can a student move from simply reporting facts to the more sophisticated skill of using facts to support an opinion? Learn several different essay models, and discover a gradual method of building the analytical writer, starting even at the elementary level!

Assessment – Pudewa/Kern
Marking and grading; objectivity, motivation, and sanity. How to keep your head when all about you are losing theirs and planting seeds of doubt.

Panel: Common problems in teaching writing – Pudewa/Kern

Looking Ahead: Where do you want to go from here? – Pudewa/Kern
How does Structure & Style relate to The Lost Tools of WritingTM, what are the progymnasmata, and what’s next for you?

If you have never heard either of them speak, you are missing out on something extraordinary. I’ve listened to Pudewa in person, and he is one of the most engaging speakers I’ve ever had the pleasure of hearing. Many of Kern’s talks are online, and they are fantastic.

This is a one-day event and is very reasonably priced. Seats are limited; they will fill up quickly. It is sure to be a fabulous party. I’ll be there. Will you? Go here for event information and registration.

ETA: The Two Andrews are in Tigard on the 5th, Seattle on the 6th, Spokane on the 7th, and in Idaho on the 8th. If you are anywhere in the Northwest, be sure to check out the information link above.

1 comment:

Sarah said...

I'll be there... well, when they come to Spokane in December, that is. I can't wait! I am something of a Pudewa fanatic, and Kern inspires me, too. It's sure to be a GREAT seminar!