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The History Department runs a "writing workshop" to make students no longer afraid to write.

  • 2018-12-03

Writing is not only a skill developed to face schoolwork or reporting, it is the most basic communication and expression ability of human beings. In view of cultivating students' writing ability, the History Department of Foguang University recently held a two-day "writing workshop", which was organized by Wang Shujin, Wen Yuwen and Han Chenghua. Participants include delegates form the Institute of Modern History of the Academia Sinica, the Institute of Taiwan History, the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences of Tokyo University, the National Archives Administration, the Hongyan Writing Classroom, the Songshan High School, and the Tamsui Business and Industry School. 


The Writing Workshop has four keynote speeches and two hands-on sessions that cover basic writing skills, historical writing strategies, and multi-transformation applications. In the first day of the course, Mr. Hong Junyan, the founder of "Hongyan Writing Classroom", has rich experience in teaching. He especially raised his myths about Taiwan's social writing teaching. He also shared his new thinking on literacy education. How to change from "reading" into "writing", improve writing ability. Dr. Chen Youshen, from the Institute of Modern History of the Academia Sinica, shared his experience in writing and reviewing students' projects with writing methods of research project, and shared writing and implementation steps of research project.


The next day, "Story: History for All", the founder of the online story platform, Mr. Chen Jianshou, is also an assistant researcher at the Institute of Modern History of the Academia Sinica. With history of the Internet age, he share his experiences in the foundation of literal historical new media, and encourages everyone to apply their learning skills to all applicable areas. The researcher of the National Archives Administration, Mr. Chen Yixing, introduced the boring historical archives to the students with the theme of “How to be a farmer in the 1970s.” How to read the story and tell the story in a lively way, there will be help with the ability to curate and guide in the future.

 
At the same time, through micro-thematic practical exercises, the workshop also enables scholars and students to conduct group discussions and practical exercises to enhance students' ability to write and tell stories. "Study Solitaire" is used to train students to integrate information from scattered materials and write the short essays with contextual structure. "Promoting history writing attempt" is to enable students to rewrite academic essays into popular literary works, and learn how to handle specific perspectives with the ability to rewrite existing materials. Under the guidance of scholars, some students have rewritten two academic papers discussing "angelica" into an advertising copy with "home" as the core; some groups have written short stories to share historical materials of modern newspapers and prints; a group has reorganized Coca-Cola's historical stories in Taiwan from the perspective of "cold knowledge."


In the two-day writing workshop, participating students' writing achievements have made remarkable progress. The Department of History of Foguang University expects to attract the interest of young students by combining keynote speeches, micro-exploration and practical courses, and make them no more fear and hate writing. The Department of History of Foguang University welcomes students who are disgusted with writing to sign up and become a writer! (20181203)

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Teacher Chen Youshen spoke about the essentials and writing of the research project.

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Teacher Hong Junyan shared the new thinking of literacy education and the method of improving self-writing ability.

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Teacher Chen Yixing introduced the boring historical archives to the students, how to read the story and tell the story.

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Teacher Chen Jianshou shares the history of the Internet generation, how to tell a good story

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Student questioning

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Student questioning

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The mini-thematic implementation class allows scholars and students to conduct group discussions and practical exercises to enhance students' ability to write and tell stories.

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