Call for 4Cs stories

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May 082012
We all have C’s (Conference on College Composition and Communication) stories. Some are profound, some are quirky, some are sad, some are unsettling, some are insightful, some are scandalous, and some are just plain hilarious. We’ve told them over beers, in cars over miles, and within faculty lounges. Our field is based on these stories. We think it’s time for the field to hear your story.
Please share your story by contributing it to the Digital Archive of Literacy Narratives (DALN), a publicly available archive which documents and shares “little bits of our time” (Selfe) across universities and across publics. The DALN invites people of all ages, races, communities, backgrounds, and interests to contribute stories about how — and in what circumstances — they read, write, and compose meaning, and how they learned to do so (or helped others learn). Upon receiving and reviewing submissions, we will curate some of these stories into a webtext to be published in an online journal in our field.
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Conference at UMass Amherst

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Mar 262012

Via the BRAWN list,

From June 4 to June 8 2012, UMass Amherst will be hosting the 12th annual Symposium for the Study of Writing and Teaching Writing. The ultimate focus is writing, but the operative question is how to understand better the process of writing and written language by exploring speaking and spoken language. The symposium is designed specifically for graduate students. Students will be expected to cover their own expenses, but they offer a $400 stipend to help offset costs as well as inexpensive housing opportunities. To apply, please email no more than 2 pages that contain a brief CV and an explanation of your interests and experience in thinking about the relevance of speech to writing to Applications are due April 23rd, and you will hear back by May 1st.

AWP 2013 Conference Proposals

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Mar 182012

AWP’s Conference & Bookfair includes more than 400 events and over 1,600 presenters. The proposal process is highly competitive, and we encourage you to familiarize yourself with our proposal guidelines and presenter expectations to ensure that your submission and event are executed successfully.

The AWP conference committee seeks proposals featuring panelists who are diverse in their backgrounds, pursuits, affiliations, and ages. While an institutional affiliation is not required of participants, when appropriate panels should showcase presenters from a variety of organizations and institutions who are at different stages of their careers. The ideal panel will consist of participants who represent a broad range of perspectives and experiences. The committee also encourages panel participation from graduate students.

AWP will accept proposals for 2013 conference events from Friday, March 16 through Tuesday, May 1, 2012. By submitting a proposal you certify that you have read the guidelines as outlined in our event proposal handbook. Some information in the handbook has changed. Please consult the latest version before submitting your proposal

As I’m sure many of you already know, AWP will be held here in Boston next year. It would be great if FYWP is well-represented, so please consider submitting a panel or reading proposal by May 1.

[Brawn_list] BRAWN Summer Institute

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Mar 082012

Here's a notice from Matthew Parfitt of BU through the BRAWN list.  Many of you have probably already seen it, but just in case. . .

Dear fellow BRAWN members:

I'm delighted to send you the announcement for the first BRAWN Summer Institute for Teachers of Writing, which will be held at Boston University from June 1 to June 3, 2012.  It is being organized by Joe Bizup, Neal Lerner, and myself, but many other members are contributing as session facilitators or keynotes.

The Institute is intended primarily for instructors of college writing who would like to develop their skills and their familiarity with the field, so please circulate this to instructors in your programs, and talk it up, if you can.

Thanks to grants from Boston University's Center for the Humanities, and Center for Excellence and Innovation in Teaching, and from Northeastern University's English Department, participation is free, but a simple application process is required, with a deadline of March 20.

You can find further details in the attachment.  If you have questions, please let me — or Joe or Neal — know.  Thank you! — Matt

Matthew Parfitt
Associate Professor, Chair
Rhetoric Division
College of General Studies

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Boston, MA 02215

CFP: Writing, Memory, and Teaching

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Dec 112011

Proposals due this Friday, Dec. 16

Northeastern University

English Graduate Student Association Conference

March 31-April 1, 2012

Call for Papers

Special Topics Panel — Writing, Memory, and Teaching

As part of the sixth annual Northeastern University English Graduate Student Association conference, Memory Remains, we seek proposals for a special topics panel on Writing, Memory, and Teaching. The overall conference seeks to explore the integral role that memory and its remains play in our daily lives — both in public and private constructions of self and reality, as well as individual and communal narratives. Proposals for this Special Topic Panel might address the many ways that memory and its absence appear in the work of composition and rhetoric. Memory and recall have played a strong role in the methodologies of composition research, whether through archival research, interviews, ethnographies, or other retrospective accounts of teaching and learning in writing classrooms, writing centers, or other contexts. Memory has also been a long-standing feature of first-year writing classes with an emphasis on narrative description. Additionally, many influential accounts of teaching writing — for instance, Mike Rose’s Lives on the Boundary — powerfully connect one teacher’s memories of learning to write to larger issues of access, opportunity, and educational reform. Finally, several recent historical accounts of writing programs, methods of teaching writing, and influential composition scholars have attempted to revise (or “jog”) our disciplinary memory.

For this Special Topic Panel, we welcome submissions from graduate students focused on the role of memory, recall, and representation in writing research, writing classrooms, writing centers, and writing programs.

Please send 250 word abstracts to by no later than December 16, 2011. Please include your name and university affiliation.

For the full conference CFP, see

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