Monday, July 19, 2010

Updated: Portage Library's Communication Series continues

HOUGHTON -- The Portage Lake District Library will host the next program in "Crafting Our Communication," a summer series of workshops in written and spoken communication.

At 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, July 20, Michigan Tech Graduate Teaching Instructor Kevin Cassell will present "Speaking Publicly and Addressing Audiences." This workshop will help participants develop or improve their public speaking talents. In addition to looking at specific ways to overcome nervousness and shyness, Cassell will present a variety of skills that engage and excite one's audience. After completing this workshop, participants should have more confidence and comfort with public speaking as well as knowledge of vocal projection, posture, body language do's and don’ts, and effective delivery.

At 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 3, Cassell will present "Writing with Style." This workshop will help participants learn how to develop an effective "style" when writing a formal report, collective thank-you letter, or a letter to the editor of the local newspaper. In this workshop, participants will look at specific techniques not only to make their writing clear and concrete, but to give it "voice" and enhance its readability. Participants may bring a short piece of writing they may be working on for feedback and suggestions.

This will be the final program in this summer series. Look for more communication programs in the fall, including Cassell's "Composing Lyrics, Songs, and Poetry" workshop, which has been postponed.

Cassell is a Graduate Teaching Instructor in the Humanities Department at Michigan Tech where he teaches courses in writing, rhetoric, and scientific and technical communication. He has a masters degree in literature, has written music and poetry and has taught at the University of New Mexico, Northeastern University and the Art Institute of Boston.

These programs are free and everyone is welcome. For more information, please call the library at 482-4570 or visit

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