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Improve College Writing Conference at USM

The University of Southern Maine is hosting the “Improving College and Career Readiness in Writing” conference, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., Friday, December 2, in Hannaford Lecture Hall located in USM’s Abromson Community Education Center, Portland.  Cost for the conference is $100 per person before November 23 and $120 after that date. Conference fees include two meals, conference materials and a copy of the new book “Write Like This: Teaching Real-World Writing Through Modeling.” For more information about how to register, please contact Tom Tracy, Navigating the Real World, at 207-415-8412 or by email at

The majority of Maine’s high school graduates are underprepared for success in college and careers—especially in writing.  As a result, many are required to take developmental courses before they are allowed to take regular college classes.  This conference will address what can be done to implement solutions in classrooms and across secondary level programs. 

Presentation topics include: “Writing in a Variety of Careers,” presented by a panel of professionals in careers outside of education; “The NCTE Framework for Success in College Writing,” presented by Ann Dean, associate professor of English and director of college writing at USM; “Learning Grammar at the Sentence Level,” presented by Nancy Gish, USM professor of English; “Keys to a Successful Developmental Writing Class at the Middle School, High School and College Levels,” presented by a panel of leading practitioners; and “The Common Core and Writing,” presented by Patsy Dunton, Maine Department of Education.

The event is co-sponsored by the University of Southern Maine and the Portland-based Navigating the Real World, Inc.