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DWC offered summer workshops for teens

Organized in partnership with Alvin Sherman Library

This summer, the Department of Writing and Communication in NSU’s College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences partnered up with the Alvin Sherman Library to offer various workshops for teens taught by DWC faculty and graduate students. The workshops took place on select Tuesdays and were held from 4-6 p.m. in the Alvin Sherman Library.


On Tuesday, June 19, M.A. in Composition, Rhetoric, and Digital Media students Veronica Diaz and Noemi Nunez led the first workshop titled "Keeping a Clear Head: Mindfulness for Teens,” which offered mentoring to teens in distress through conversations about mindfulness.

“We had an opportunity to engage with students and discuss mindfulness as a realistic part of our everyday life,” Nunez said. “Being able to relate to the student participants meant a lot to me, and I was glad to have been able to present to such a unique group of teenagers.”

The workshop also highlighted library resources related to mindfulness.

"The students were incredibly receptive to what we had to say, and were excited to take part in the conversation,” Diaz said. "The library offers incredible resources to students their age, so it was nice to see that they're taking advantage of those opportunities.”

On Tuesday, July 3, Shanti Bruce, Ph.D., professor and chair of the Department of Writing and Communication and interim chair of the Department of Multidisciplinary Studies, led a "Memoir Writing Workshop" that taught participants how to craft stories from their lives.

“We discussed memoir and creative writing techniques, and participants had the opportunity to write, revise and share their work," Bruce said.

The final workshop, "Where Do You Want to Go?: Goal Setting to Get What You Want in Life" took place on Tuesday, July 17, and was led by Molly Scanlon, Ph.D., associate professor for the Department of Writing and Communication.

During the workshop, participants crafted specific, measurable, attainable, realistic and time-based goals for the short term, including two SMART goals for the following week and/or month ahead.

"The philosophy behind this workshop and SMART Goals was similar to the age-old question ‘How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time,’” Scanlon said. “Many of us have goals for our lives, grand visions of success and happiness. How do we get from here to there?"

For more information about DWC faculty, click here. For more information about our M.A. in Composition, Rhetoric, and Digital Media, click here.

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