Ventura College Publication for Student Writing Seeks Submissions by 3/28

VC Voices

Close up of hand writingNeeds student writing!

Get published for cash prizes!
Get extra credit by submitting your work and including a copy of it and a screen shot that shows you did it!

Submissions due Friday March 28!

What is eligible: any essay, short story, or poem written by a student for an English class at Ventura College within the last year.

How to submit:

  • Complete a online submission form here.

Contact the editors for more details:

Changes at Ventura College: more English classes + block scheduling

IMG_7746Ventura College’s new Executive Vice President Patrick Jefferson is changing the way the class schedule is organized starting this fall. No longer will there be daily classes; instead classes will be held during two day a week blocks with Fridays reserved for 3 unit classes meeting for 3 hours:

Daytime Classes (MW or TR): NOTE: 5-unit classes fill two time slots.
  • 8:00 AM
  • 9:30 AM
  • 11:00 AM
  • 12:30 PM
  • 2:00 PM
  • 3:30 PM
Evening Classes  (MW or TR)
  • 4:30 PM (5-unit classes only)
  • 5:00 PM (4-unit classes only)
  • 5:30 PM (3-unit classes only)
  • 7:00 PM

Also coming soon will be changes to the course offerings in English. There is a movement to offer a 4 unit English 1B (critical thinking through literature) course to meet the transfer needs of English majors (this will be an option; as I understand it, the 3 unit class will also continue to be offered).

A greater variety of classes in English will also be  available for example, British and American literature, Aesthetics of Film, Creative Writing, Multicultural American Literature and/or Shakespeare.

In order to anticipate student interest, we’d appreciate the completion of this short survey:

So what do you think about having more English classes? What do you think about the new schedule?

Sue Shapiro’s Genious “Humiliation Essay” Assignment

In the article “Make Me Worry You’re Not OK,” author Sue Shapiro explains how her assignment, the humiliation essay, “encourages students to shed vanity and pretension” and discover that “through the art of writing, [students] can transform their worst experience into the most beautiful.”

Read the whole article here:

I’m gearing up for the new term which starts Monday Jan 14. I’m teaching two sections of writing at Ventura College, one “fundamentals” class (English 2) and one transfer level class (English 1A). E2 meets Tues/Thurs from noon-2:15pm and E1A meets from 430-645pm.

Do you think I should model my first assignment this spring after her humiliation essay? Do you think students would get into it? Hmmn…certainly would make for some a great writing practice prompt–and some great blog posts!

Oh, and happy new year!


Summer Students Celebrate With a Publication Party at Art City July 31

Gwendolyn Alley’s Ventura College writing students  invite you
to celebrate the publication of an anthology of our creative & academic writing

Tues. July 31, 2012
6-9pm Open Mic! Poetry! Music! Art!
Monotypes by Gary Chafe
Stone Sculpture by Paul Lindhard

 Art City
197 Dubbers * Ventura, CA
6pm: Potluck, bonfire, explore, music
6:30pm: Open mic sign-ups
7pm: Open mic

Free—donations for Art City accepted
* Bring a chair * Family friendly *Questions?

Download this flyer pubpartySum2012 Thanks to Lori Lindhard for getting Gary Chafe’s art to us to use. Thanks to Art City–Russel, Paul, Lori, Joanne et al for hosting us and supporting spoken word in Ventura!

Earth Network News

Earth Day 2008 is shaping up to be the biggest yet! We are approaching our goal of 1,000 campus events! From the national Mall in Washington DC, and major events in New York, Chicago, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Denver, Dallas, & Miami to millions participating in the Call for Climate. From Togo to Buenos Aires people are mobilizing to make their voices heard this Earth Day.

On Earth Day, April 22nd, you can help send a loud and clear message to Congress. Help get as many concerned people as you can to call Congress at 202-224-3121 to tell their Representative or Senator that they want tough action on climate change.

Here are some ways you can help:

  • On Earth Day, organize volunteers on your campus to help generate calls to congress. Use banners, tables, posters, or fliers to encourage people to call while walking between classes. Ask your professors to allow you to make an announcement before class or get there early and write a message on the board.
  • Contribute an op-ed to your campus or local newspaper. We have templates for you to use so all you’ll have to do is fill in the local details and submit. Contact your regional organizer for help or for a copy of the template.
  • Hand-deliver one of our celebrity PSA’s to your campus or local radio station. By hand delivering a copy, you will greatly improve the odds that it will be played!

Current options include:

  • Collect signatures for Earth Day Network’s Sky Petition.

Earth Day network wants you to have Live Earth short films at your Earth Day event! Live Earth will send you a special DVD produced only for Earth Day event organizers – it will have a selection of 8 of the Live Earth short films. Sign up here by April 17th and you’ll receive a free DVD in the mail in time for Earth Day!Ear

VC Earth Action Day: planning today 3/26 J-1 115-2pm

Members of VC’s Earth Action Day planning committee will meet today, March 26 from 1:15-2pm in J-1. All are welcome. Earth Action Day is scheduled for Weds. April 23, and is part of VC’s Earth Week activities which include a visit by California’s Poet Laureate Al Young Monday April 21 and a campus cleanup April 22.

VC Earth Action Day W. April 23, 2008

If You Want to Do One Thing on Earth Day: CALL FOR CLIMATE!

Global warming is our most urgent environmental problem: The time for waiting and inadequate solutions is over. On Earth Day, April 22nd, join Earth Day Network in our global Call for Climate by contacting your national leaders and demanding bold, swift and fair action to tackle climate change. And from now until Earth Day, take action and sign Earth Day Network’s Sky Petition.

Buy the Earth Day 2008 poster on our site!
Buy the official Earth Day 2008 poster here.

If you are in the United States, help us generate one million phone calls to Congress on April 22nd. Call the Capitol Switchboard at (202) 224-3121 and ask for your representatives. Tell them the current global warming proposals in Congress are inadequate. Tell them you want:– A moratorium on new coal-burning plants,

– Renewable energy,

– Carbon-neutral buildings,

– Protection for the poor and middle class in the new green economy.

Tell five friends about this campaign – have them enter the Capitol number into their phones now. And make sure they call on Earth Day, April 22nd!

This Earth Day, it’s time to change the forecast for global warming.

With Earth Day less than 2 months away, we want to break all the records! We are aiming to register 20,000 events this year, and we can’t do it without you! If you have some spare time and a computer with internet connection, and would to help us, register at our Volunteer Center or contact Michele Ditto at Together we can make this the biggest Earth Day yet!


Visit Earth Day TV!

Don’t miss our interview with Nobel Peace Prize laureate Professor Mohan Munasinghe, Vice Chair of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, and Bracken Hendricks, author of the hit book Apollo’s Fire. Discover how students at Thomas Jefferson High School plan their next Environmental Impact Club activities and be inspired by the passion of the thousands of people who came to DC to lobby Congress during Power Shift 2007.

On April 16th, tune in to the broadcast of Chill Out: Campus Solutions to Global Warming, sponsored by Earth Day Network organized by the National Wildlife Federation and student-made videos, inspiring presentations from contest winners, solution-focused discussions, and live Q&As with people who really are changing the world.

CA Poet Laureate Al Young to Visit Ventura

ay-with-glasses-2007.jpgCalifornia Poet Laureate Al Young will visit Ventura College Spring 2008, mostly likely on a Monday at noon in April during National Poetry Month. He may also lead a writing workshop at 130pm then read that evening.

Watch this space for updates on this exciting visit by a warm and wonderful poet and performer!

To learn more about Al, visit his website