Call for workshop proposals: Bootcamp 2009

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Call for workshop proposals: Bootcamp 2009

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This is a general call for individuals who would like to present a topic at the next PACE Bootcamp. We have not yet set the date, though I suspect that date will be chosen in late July to early August as it happened last year.

I am looking to expand our topics slightly and incorporate sessions of mentored question-writing.

To that end, I am fielding self-nominations for mentors and faculty for the 2008 Bootcamp. All nominations will be vetted by a small group of PACE members who are interested in organizing this event.

We cannot cover transportation for attendees or faculty, but sponsorships by companies or non-profit organizations to send individuals to this event are encouraged.
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Proposal: Playtesting day: Reading pyramidal questions workshop (day 2)

I. How to be a better reader? (didactic and discussion)
II. The challenge of reading timed rounds.
III. How writers/editors make readers' jobs harder or easier.
IV. Should readers be credentialed?
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Professionalism?

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A session proposal (while I'm thinking about):

What is professionalism (when it comes to quiz bowl)?
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Assuming I'm in town, I'm happy to be involved with this to any degree (just doing my lecture deal from last time, possibly doing something else, or helping to organize, etc.)

I still register the opinion that, given the overwhelming need for events like these that improve writing and question quality appreciation, particularly among younger players, it's not really worth it to spend more than a passing second on discussing how to read quizbowl questions. It just doesn't seem that important, and doesn't seem like a good use of our time given all we were able to do last year.
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Well, perhaps, but a discussion how to teach others how to read questions is a concern. Besides, I'm not sure we have all had that discussion on exactly how good we are or can be as readers. I'm sure :chip: thinks he's an awesome reader (and he might be)...

Given that a lot of readers can get very frustrated with words and names which they may not be familiar, I do know this is an area that many people have always griped to me about.
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Okay personally, I wouldn't mind having some coaching on getting better at reading. I just hope I can work it out so that I can come this year... and as Chris said, question writing can be on the slate also..

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I'll assure everyone question-writing will be the uniting focus of the workshop anyway (and as for dates, make sure you vote in the poll above until it disappears). However, it's important to know that quality questions depend on the research, the editing, the distribution, and the delivery, so all of these areas I would like to get aired at some point. Tennessee Williams may be an awesome playwright, but you need the right person to read his words to effectively make the story work.
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I would be happy to help in any way you would like.

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Re: Call for workshop proposals: Bootcamp 2008 (8/1 to 8/3)

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Where is this held and what exactly is it?
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Re: Call for workshop proposals: Bootcamp 2008 (8/1 to 8/3)

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We have not set up an exact venue yet, but it will be in the DC area. It is essentially a series of workshops on writing pyramidal questions for high school and college competitions; running competitions; and reading questions. There will likely be other topics that we have not covered yet.
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Oh alright, thanks
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mknupp wrote:I would be happy to help in any way you would like.

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Matt, a couple of PACE folks (namely Dr. Chuck and my wife Jessie) will be coming up to Lexington, Kentucky to do a modified, single-day form of the Bootcamp in early June (June 5 or 6, I believe). Will you happen to be there? With your experience, I'm sure the three of you all could have some great discussion beneficial to the future of this initiative.
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Re: Call for workshop proposals: Bootcamp 2008 (8/1 to 8/3)

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David,

Friday June 6, 9:30 AM, at the Holiday Inn-North in Lexington.

I meant to tell Dr. Chuck this: we'd more than welcome folks from other states, but they'd need to give us advance notice so we could get a lunch count.
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J C Bennett wrote:David,

Friday June 6, 9:30 AM, at the Holiday Inn-North in Lexington.

I meant to tell Dr. Chuck this: we'd more than welcome folks from other states, but they'd need to give us advance notice so we could get a lunch count.
Hi John,

I personally will not be there because of responsibilities at work and the fact that I'll be down at Panasonic for about half of the next week. Dr. Chuck and my wife Jessie will be out there, though--the three of us had a big planning session a couple weeks ago to work on getting slides and presentation order and topics together.
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Re: Call for workshop proposals: Bootcamp 2008 (8/1 to 8/3)

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Great--if PACE wants to put out a general announcement, that's fine with us. Like I said, I'd just need a head count.
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J C Bennett wrote:Great--if PACE wants to put out a general announcement, that's fine with us. Like I said, I'd just need a head count.
What's the general contact information and deadlines?
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Re: Call for workshop proposals: Bootcamp 2008 (8/1 to 8/3)

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Me - I'd need to have a number about a week ahead of time. My contact info. is my email sig.
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Is there going to be a KY session this year?

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I have not been contacted about another presentation.
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Any chances of doing one of these in the Chicago area? Illinois needs you! :smile:
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I may be interested in this if you give me lots of specific information about what it offers and what it involves from me to take part.

Is this something from which both players and coaches would benefit?
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Speaking just for me... Let us know when IHSA/IHSSBCA (whatever abbrev) wants to hold something like that. It may be worthwhile to get something together. Maybe even during any of the major summer events in Chicagoland if someone wants to step up. I'm sure I can find some of the PACE folks who like organizing such events together to plan something if we give ourselves enough time to do it (not to mention the financial aspects). We clearly do have people who are knowledgeable (if not just strictly opinionated :cool: ) on topics that affect the quality of the game who might enjoy such an opportunity to teach others.

As for something near East Coast, I'm sure we can think about it. When we ran the pilot in 2007, the intention was to have coaches and players from high school and college benefit. One day was devoted to writing questions with an intention for more time to have small-group workshopping (no more than 8 total people per group) and collaboration. In the ideal world, the second day would be about playing those questions and running tournaments.
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Does the venue matter? If people are willing to make their own motel and transportation reservations, we could do it here at Loyola Academy--I would just need to check dates and make sure that the facilities are available.

I'm not sure David Reinstein reads this forum but I'm sure he would want to be in on this too, and we might attract coaches, etc. from the surroundng states as well. Let me check with David and see if we can do some promotion chatter.
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David Riley wrote:Does the venue matter? If people are willing to make their own motel and transportation reservations, we could do it here at Loyola Academy--I would just need to check dates and make sure that the facilities are available.

I'm not sure David Reinstein reads this forum but I'm sure he would want to be in on this too, and we might attract coaches, etc. from the surroundng states as well. Let me check with David and see if we can do some promotion chatter.
In my mind, it certainly wouldn't. We've done it before at Gonzaga, but in doing any sort of prepared presentations, breakout sessions, and/or other similar activities in this vein, I can't think of any venue that wouldn't work for this purpose.
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It's hard to know how many people would show up, but I probably would be there it if it was in the Chicagoland Area, and IHSSBCA could easily put an article promoting it in our May newsletter and on our website.
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Agreeing with Bykowski in the venue aspect of things... it may be even easier (certainly cheaper) to do it at a school, depending on how extensive a program one wants to do. The smaller rooms in a school make it possible for breakouts. I suppose it would be nice to have coffee, but depending on who we get, having everyone pay a small fee ahead of time to defray costs of cleanup and food (we'll all order pizza or something) would be the way to do it.

Jessie is the person in charge of outreach activities and has a lot of experience organizing such workshops (as I also have), so she would likely be the lead contact to organize the workshops. From our own experiences with our respective organizations, it is good for the sustainability of the circuit to have us have more involved beyond just hosting tournaments.

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