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Bringing textbooks to life: Strategies for improving student engagement

Michael Greer is an educator, editor, and author who has been working in higher education for over 20 years. He has conducted a number of usability studies on college textbooks, published on textbook design and usability, and studied the ways in which students read and use textbooks. He worked as a development editor at Pearson for 15 years before starting his own company, Development by Design. Michael teaches online courses in editing and publishing at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock and is editor for the journal Research in Online Literacy Education.Here Michael shares his philosophy behind and strategies for developing textbooks that enhance student engagement and learning.

My Favorite Bit: Erika Lewis talks about GAME OF SHADOWS

Erika Lewis is joining us today with her novel Game of Shadows. Here’s the publisher’s description: A young man plagued by the ability to see ghosts races to save the mythological land of Tara from a terrible fate in Erika Lewis’s stunning debut, Game of Shadows. Thousands of years ago in Ireland, an ancient race fought […]

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Grace Helbig, Hannah Hart, Phil DeFranco Join Rooster Teeth’s Party-Game Comedy Series

Rooster Teeth has enlisted a batch of YouTube stars — including Grace Helbig, Hannah Hart, Phil DeFranco and cosplay celeb Jessica Nigri — as guests for season four of its “Million Dollars, But…” comedy series. Rooster Teeth’s hope is the internet-celebrity guests will drive signups for First subscription VOD service, which starts at $4.99 per month. The show... Read more »(image)

A Jersey Day in May: Announcing - The Art of Short Nonfiction Prose. Write with me!
I know it's just a trick of the senses, that the unseasonably warm weather in northern New Jersey the past few weeks is lulling me into the false idea that spring is already underway. Which leaves me eager to traverse the intervening weeks to arrive at May 6, when no matter what, spring will be firmly in bloom in the Garden State.

I'm very happy to announce that I'll be leading a full-day writing event in Bedminster, NJ, on Saturday, May 6 -- The Art of Short Nonfiction Prose. Everything about the day has been thoughtfully arranged for an intimate, challenging, supportive, and edifying experience. 

We'll be welcoming about 10 to 12 writers, who will come together to explore ideas, generate new work, share, learn, and in short (!), dive deeply into the craft of writing short nonfiction. Short, in this context, will include the newer forms of mini-, micro-, and flash essays (from 50 to 750 words), as well as more traditional "short" pieces that are more than flash but less than long-form.

The Art of Short Nonfiction Prose will take place in a lovely countryside setting, and it's sponsored by Tiferet Journal.Tiferet (tagline: Promoting tolerance through literature and art) was founded and is published by Donna Baier Stein, my teaching colleague in other endeavors, and a champion of literary work that has meaning.

I'll be assisted by Ryder Ziebarth, who is a former student/mentee of mine, a graduate of the Vermont Center for Fine Arts MFA program, and a Tiferet associate editor. In fact, Ryder is hosting the event at Cedar Ridge Farm, which goes back generations in her family and is listed with the Smithsonian Institute of American Gardens. In addition to her expertise at nonfiction, Ryder is a dedicated steward of the land, and an accomplished cook (who's planning to serve a healthy farm-to-table lunch!).
I've spent time at her farm, and I'm certain that the gracious farmhouse, welcoming guest cottage, and spacious grounds, along with the lush gardens, and rolling hay fields will be a perfect backdrop. It's a place for deep thought, quiet contemplation, relaxed conversation and also the kind of spirited camaraderie that so often springs up between writers brought together for common purpose.

If you're within driving distance, and you have a desire to dwell for a full day in the possibilities that short nonfiction allows, and do so alongside other like-minded writers, then I invite you to check out this unique event. (Enrollment is limited. I'd be happy to answer any questions, here or via email.)

As March approaches, and who knows what its winds may bring, I'll enjoy knowing that spring will arrive, and with it, this special day.
STAGE TUBE: Watch Alan Cumming, Zachary Quinto & More Read the Classics for Audible

On Sunday, when the Academy Awards celebratedthe creators and actors that made their mark on the film world this year, Audible ran a series of commercials celebrating the iconic performers who bring classic and inspiring works of literature that poignantly resonate in our cultural landscape today. Alan Cumming, Zachary Quinto, Mike Colter, Claire Danes, Jim Dale, and others recite meaningful and resonant lines from some of the most beloved works of fiction in the world including 1984, The Picture of Dorian Gray, To Kill a Mockingbird, the Harry Potter series, and more.

Photo Coverage: THE PENITENT Takes Opening Night Bows at Atlantic Theater Company

Atlantic Theater Companypresents the world premiere playThe Penitent, by Atlantic's Pulitzer Prize-winning co-founderDavid Mamet, directed by artistic directorNeil Pepe.The Penitent features Lawrence Gilliard Jr. 'The Walking Dead,' The Machinist, 'The Wire' andAtlantic Theater Companyensemble membersChris Bauer'True Blood,' Broadway's A Streetcar Named Desire, 'The Wire',Jordan LageBroadway's Glengarry Glen Ross, Speed-the-Plow, Race, andRebecca PidgeonThe Spanish Prisoner, 'The Unit,' Broadway's The Old Neighborhood.

Photo Coverage: Julie Halston & More Gather to Support Broadway Belts for PFF

Just last night, Broadway stars gathered at the Edison Ballroom forBROADWAY BELTS FOR PFF-an evening of music and comedy benefitting the Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation. Hosted by the one-and-only actress and comedienneJulie Halston,other participants included Orfeh LEGALLY BLONDE,Stephanie J. BlockFALSETTOS, THE MYSTERY OF EDWIN DROOD,Mario Cantone'THE VIEW',Robert CreightonCAGNEY,Mandy GonzalezHAMILTON, IN THE HEIGHTS,Randy GraffCITY OF ANGELS, THE BABYLON LINE,Stephanie MillsTHE WIZ, NBC'sGus Rosendale, andLucas SteeleNATASHA, PIERRE amp THE GREAT COMET OF 1812.

"I should live in salt for leaving you behind."

Overcast today, but a little warmer. Currently, it's 47˚F, no windchill.

Yesterday, I wrote 1,164 words on "Untitled Psychiatrist #2," which will be appearing in Sirenia Digest #133. And today Agents of Dreamland is released to readers all the world round, and I ought to be glad, and I ought to be excited. But I'm not. This isn't the same world in which the novella was written. It's not the world for which it was written. And I just can't seem to find any enthusiasm in me to celebrate.

I'm having a lot of trouble understanding how I am to be the writer that I am in this world.

Please have a look at the current eBay auctions. Thank you.

I finished Cormac McCarthy's All the Pretty Horses for a second time. And I learned that you shouldn't use Murray's pomade unless you want to learn what it's like to try and wash candle wax out of your hair.

Resistance, Peace, and Compassion,
Aunt Beast

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