Category Archives: Conferences & Seminars

Microsoft Ignite: First Impressions of a Newbie

Because it was in my Chicago backyard, and because the folks from Pluralsight invited me to do an author meet-and-greet at their booth (that’s me, second from the right) I played hooky from my DePaul job last Wednesday and made … Continue reading

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Office Hours with Pluralsight at Microsoft Ignite

Even though I grew up in St. Louis, I’m a Chicago guy now; I’ve been living here, shockingly, for almost a decade. By happy coincidence, Microsoft’s largest technology conference–Microsoft Ignite–is happening at McCormick Place this week, and Pluralsight has a … Continue reading

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Updates from AWP

I just got back from AWP (okay, back is a strong word considering it was located here in Chicago) and it was just as energizing, intimidating, desperate, and comforting as usual.  I’ll post specific responses to panels and whatnot over … Continue reading

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Andrea Lunsford’s Talk at DePaul

Last Friday, as part of an on-going program for professional development, made possible by a shiny new departmental budget, DePaul University’s Writing, Rhetoric, and Discourse Department hosted Andrea Lunsford, author of (among other things) The St. Martin’s Handbook for Writing. … Continue reading

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Calvin College Catch-Up

I’ve now returned from Calvin Festival of Faith in Writing held in Grand Rapids Michigan, which I found to be a pleasant little town about the size of Evansville, Indiana, only without the funny smell and economic desperation.  It’s possible, … Continue reading

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Madcap Michigan Mayhem

For any parties interested, let it be known that on the back end of this week I will be attending the Calvin Festival of Faith in Writing at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan.  There is some pleasant anticipation for … Continue reading

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AWP Conference Follow-Up

After a lengthy hiatus, owing mostly to end of the term papers it is time for an update from the now month-past AWP convention in New York City.  First of all, New York wasn’t nearly the daunting experience I expected—and … Continue reading

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Start Spreading the News

In just under one week my wife and I will be heading to New York for the annual AWP convention.  As you might imagine, this is the source of two very distinct types of anxiety. The first type, as anyone … Continue reading

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Wherefore Art Thou, Alison?

Alison Lurie’s lecture, which I almost didn’t attend on account of fatigue–similar to the kind you might feel from so many Sewanee updates–was a basically insightful lecture focusing on an often neglected element of fiction: setting. I admit that I … Continue reading

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Publishing Panel Number Three

And we’ve returned after a brief hiatus!   Sorry about the mild delay in posting.  I’ve been back from Sewanee for two weeks, and all that real life stuff I’d been neglecting (household chores; work that results in income; connection with … Continue reading

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