Writing - Business/Technical/Creative

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12
Jun

Janis Ian Interview & Performance

Janis Ian interview and performance

Janis Ian, Grammy-winning singer/songwriter and author, sat down with David Bianculli (TV Critic, Fresh Air) for a special interview an performance ahead of the 2017 Rutgers Writers' Conference. 

Presented by the Rutgers–New Brunswick Office of Summer and Winter Sessions, a unit of the Rutgers Division of Continuing Studies.

Learn more about the Rutgers–New Brunswick Writers' Conference at ruwriterscon.rutgers.edu

 

Mon
05
Oct

Where Were You At 62? Court Reporter Finds Her Own Words Through Rutgers Degree Earned Off Campus

Patricia Florio of the Rutgers Class of 2005

Patricia Florio spent an entire career as a court reporter writing other people’s statements.

But all along, the writer inside of her wanted to put her own words down on paper.

And at age 62, when many contemporaries were calculating Social Security payouts, Florio earned her bachelor’s degree through Rutgers Off Campus Programs to help launch her second career as a writer.

When she worked in federal court in Brooklyn, N.Y., Florio had to painstakingly assure that every word was recorded correctly, for legal purposes. “On the job, and through someone who proofed my work, I learned how to become a perfectionist,” said Florio. “And that is very much required when you're a court reporter.”

Florio also had experience as a freelance newspaper reporter, giving her the background to launch her writing career. But she felt she needed the confidence that a college degree would provide.

Mon
12
Nov

One-on-One Coaching at Rutgers Gives Professional Writers an Edge

Hands typing on a keyboard

“Every writer I know has trouble writing,” Joseph Heller, the best-selling author of Catch 22, once observed.

Most professional writers would probably agree. Writing for a living can be both exhilarating and exasperating, particularly when deadlines loom and fussy clients must be satisfied.

Rutgers WPx – the Writing Extension Program at the School of Arts and Sciences in New Brunswick – offers a menu of one-on-one personal coaching options, both online and in person that can help writers defeat the demons that often plague them. Coaching can assist writers with focusing their thoughts, identifying problem areas, building critical skills, and even managing relationships with their clients.  

Dan Spink, WPX director, said that individual coaching courses were added to WPx’s course selections about five years ago “when we realized the need for specific, real-world workplace training in our market.”

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