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Writers returning to Beaver Island for workshop

June 29, 2006

KALAMAZOO--Western Michigan University's popular writing workshop on Michigan's scenic Beaver Island will be offered from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday, July 17-20, at the Beaver Island Community School in St. James.

"Writing for Publication: A Workshop on the Craft of Publishing Articles in Magazines or Professional Journals," is a coached, hands-on program for educators and others who have little experience in writing for or getting published in periodicals, particularly professional journals.

It focuses on how to start articles effectively; perfect a clear, forceful writing style; eliminate jargon and fuzzy language; and make articles attractive to periodicals editors. Participants leave with a completed article and suitable submission letter.

The program is held on Beaver Island as a way of stimulating the creative senses. The 55-square-mile island is located in Lake Michigan about 32 miles north of Charlevoix and is considered one of Michigan's most beautiful and treasured historic places. Workshop participants spend their mornings in an intensive learning environment, then have their afternoons and evenings free to continue working or tour Beaver Island and enjoy its recreational amenities. They are encouraged to use part of their free time to vacation on the island with family and friends.

"Writing for Publication" is being presented by WMU's Office of Lifelong Learning and Education. Leading the workshop will be Dr. Lawrence Schlack, WMU associate professor emeritus of educational leadership. Schlack is a former intermediate school district superintendent who has taught writing workshops in Michigan and several other states for more than 20 years.

A new registration deadline of July 7 has been set to attend the workshop, which costs $275 per person. Academic credit from WMU is available for an additional fee. Space is limited. For a program brochure and registration information, visit www.eup.wmich.edu/olle/conferences or call (269) 387-4174. For more about Beaver Island, visit www.beaverisland.net or call (231) 448-2505.

Media contact: Jeanne Baron, (269) 387-8400, jeanne.baron@wmich.edu

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