Manassas Hosts 3rd Annual Writing Conference

Manassas Campus will hold its third Annual Writing Conference on April 28 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. in Colgan Theatre.

This year the conference will feature two sessions. The first session will be led by Katie Claire, assistant dean of English at George Mason University and certified mental health instructor. Claire’s workshop, “Writing in the Time of Pain, Stress, and Anxiety,” will help participants understand and experience how writing can help you become a more peaceful, productive and healthier you. In addition to her administrative role, Claire enjoys teaching because it allows her to engage with students in the classroom. She is pursuing her doctorate in writing and rhetoric with a research emphasis on mindfulness, well-being, and contemplative pedagogies. She is a certified mental health first aid instructor through the National Council for Behavioral Health. Outside of work, she spends her time cooking and baking, reading and writing, parenting and exploring a range of well-being practices with her family, especially meditation and yoga.

The second session, “Visual Art Journaling,” led by Cheryl Miehl, is an exciting frontier for those wanting to combine art and words (if desired) to express yourself. It provides a place to access your creative energy, image-making ability and explore a variety of techniques, tools and processes to create very personalized artwork. Artists will experiment with graphite, caran d’ache crayons, colored pencil, paint, collage and printmaking techniques to learn the basic skills needed to create visual art journals. Visual art journals emphasize the use of lots of color, texture, shape, line and image. Come explore the endless possibilities of this personal artist expression. No previous artistic experience required as there are no rules, just self-expression.

Supplies will be included for take-home projects and lunch will be provided.

The conference is FREE and registration is limited. Please register at

For more information, please contact English Associate Professor Chalet Jean-Baptiste at See the Flyers section in this edition of the Intercom.

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