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I’m looking forward to new classes this fall! Come join the writer’s community by signing up for one of my Valencia College ENC classes! In ENC 1101 we will explore the foundations of essay composition and narrative, writing three essays, including a unit on Global topics and research. (We will form support research groups and share what we learn!) Students are fans of the personal narrative and the Global project. (Contact me for more information on the Global Designation credit at Valencia College). For ENC 1102, we will be sharing stories, exploring literature, learning new research strategies, and analyzing movies! (Faculty name listed: Dieckmann). We will be using an online textbook through the Valencia College Library, so students do not need to purchase a book for my ENC classes.
I enjoy guiding students on their journey to become stronger writers – both for academic success and for their own writing exploration and path toward publishing. Class activities include writing projects, interesting readings, group research, Grammar Rock sing-a-longs, seminars on MLA citation, community events, poetry/spoken word and fun flipped learning. Come join our writing community!
If you are considering signing up for my class and have any questions, don't hesitate to e-mail me (see below).
As an instructor for over 15 years, I have taught regular semester and summer sessions, accelerated, hybrid, online, and service learning classes in English Composition, Technical/Professional Writing, and Creative Writing.
Although my first love is writing and the arts, I have a strong background in business as a team member and subsequent assistant manager in the family resort business. I earned my BA in Business Administration and Organizational Communication and continued my diverse business and writing experience while completing my Masters in Creative Writing at Murray State University and beyond.
My passion is poetry, written and spoken, and I have been active in the spoken word community in several states. I'm also very active in several community organizations. I sing with Voices of Valencia (Valencia East Campus) where I had the opportunity to sing Candlelight at Epcot in December for several years. I was also a member and board member of the Orlando Circle of Friends that produced shows and other fundraising events to support local community partner organizations such as Freedom Ride and New Hope for Kids. For several years I was the webmaster and a board member for Boaters for Books, an organization that collected and donated books and delivered them to school libraries in the Caribbean Islands. Other roles I have enjoyed include sailing instructor, home school director, band mom, and college application advisor. I also enjoy reading, dancing, and Tai Chi.
For more writing food for thought and resources, find me online here: https://www.facebook.com/ColleenPens
Note Regarding Published Syllabi: Courses may change semester to semester, so be sure you are loading the current semester syllabus. See 'Important Information' below. Several changes have been made in my courses since last semester.
All course information is listed on the posted syllabus. Assignment requirements, communication, and deadlines are all available to enrolled students via our Online Canvas account. If you would like more details regarding any of my classes and are not an enrolled student, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org to set up a conference. I would be happy to answer your questions.
Last updated 7/26/2018