Ohio Writers Conference imagine

Every year since 1998, Ohio celebrates the outstanding writing accomplishments of adults who are participants in Adult Basic and Literacy Education (ABLE) programs throughout the state. ABLE students are invited to submit original writings for review. All genres are acceptable. The submissions however, must be original. Original means that the work must not be copied from any source.
Accepted submissions are published in a softbound book, Beginnings. Students whose work is accepted are invited to attend the day long Ohio Writers’ Conference, along with their teacher and one paid guest. The 19th annual event will take place in Columbus, Ohio, on May 6, 2016. The day begins with fourth-generation storyteller Lyn Ford sharing a few of her “Home-Fried Tales”. Author Mary Biddinger is the keynote speaker for this year’s event. . After an awards luncheon, Beginnings authors are invited to share their work at an open mike session. An author signing will conclude the day. Want to see previous Beginnings books?
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2016 Keynote Speaker
Mary Biddinger

Mary Biddinger
Small Enterprise Prairie Fever Sunny Place

Mary Biddinger is the author of four full-length collections of poetry, most recently Small Enterprise (Black Lawrence Press, 2015). Her work has appeared in Denver Quarterly, Green Mountains Review, jubilat, The Laurel Review, and Pleiades, among others. She is a Professor of English at the University of Akron, where she teaches poetry writing and literature, and edits the Akron Series in Poetry at the University of Akron Press. She is the recipient of a 2015 National Endowment for the Arts creative writing fellowship in poetry, and is currently working on a book-length volume of prose poems.

2016 Guest Speaker
Lyn Ford

Lyn Ford
Affrilachian Tales Briar Patch Hot Wind

Lyn Ford is a fourth-generation storyteller; she listened to and learned from the elder storytellers in her Affrilachian (African American Appalachian) family. Lyn is a nationally recognized raconteur and workshop presenter, a writer, a Thurber House mentor to young authors, and an Ohio teaching artist with the Ohio Alliance for Arts Education (OAAE) and the Ohio State-Based Collaborative Initiative of the Kennedy Center (OSBCI). Lyn shares the gifts of the oral tradition with interaction, rhythm and rhyme, humor, personal history, and heart. Lyn has performed at storytelling and education conferences and storytelling festivals across the United States, including the National Storytelling Festival in Tennessee, the Timpanogos Storytelling Festival in Utah, and the Talk Story Festival in Hawaii; Lyn has also shared her stories at the Cape Clear International Storytelling Festival in Ireland. Lyn calls her stories “Home-Fried Tales” to honor her father, who was a terrible cook, and the best storyteller she ever heard.

Plagiarism Webquest

In this webquest, you will complete a series of activities relating to plagiarism. First is a plagiarism knowledge rating scale containing vocabulary words that you will complete in class with your instructor and classmates. Next you will do an online tutorial explaining the proper way to paraphrase and cite sources. Finally there will be an opportunity for you to demonstrate your knowledge by citing works for two mock assignments. Additional information and activities relating to Internet plagiarism are also available in this webquest.

During this webquest, you will be working on the ABLE Writing Standard dealing with plagiarism — W.4.7, W.5.7, W.6.7.

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