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Please join us for one of these fabulous pre-conference workshops, led by outstanding writing center scholars and directors. The pre-conference workshops are scheduled for Thursday afternoon, October 20, 2011, at the Pyle Conference Center, at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Participating in a pre-conference workshop requires an additional $25 registration fee. Please register for pre-conference workshops as you register for the conference, through your member profile on the MWCA website. Seats for the pre-conference workshops are limited, so please register soon! If you have questions about the pre-conference workshops, please contact Brad Hughes, MWCA Conference 2011 Co-Chair, Director of the Writing Center and Director of Writing Across the Curriculum at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, firstname.lastname@example.org, 608.263.3823.
Pre-Conference Workshop A:
Title: From the Center Across the Curriculum: Developing a Writing Fellows Program as Part of an Existing Writing Center
Leaders: Emily Hall (University of Wisconsin-Madison) and Carol Severino (University of Iowa)
Time: Thursday, October 20, 2011, 2:00 to 5:00 PM
Looking for a proven way to expand your writing center into new territory? Want to connect with new faculty members across campus? In this interactive workshop, the directors of the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the University of Iowa's Writing Fellows Programs will facilitate a discussion of the theory and practice of establishing an undergraduate Writing Fellows program as an extension of (as well as a pathway to) a Writing Center. Topics will include: how to secure partnerships with existing campus entities or groups (such as an honors program or an academic department); how to pilot a program; how to recruit and train Fellows; how to recruit and communicate with professors; and how to troubleshoot problems that may arise. Our focus throughout will be on how a Writing Fellows program can expand the mission of a Writing Center on campus and serve as a bridge for faculty and students back to the Center.
Emily Hall directs the Writing Fellows program at the University of Wisconsin-Madsion, where she has taught for 17 years. She is particularly interested in how Writing Fellows influence professors' views of and responses to their students' writing. Emily also works closely with Brad Hughes and UW-Madison's wonderful Writing Center staff.
Carol Severino co-founded the Writing Fellows Program at Iowa in 2003 and has been directing it since then, co-teaching the Writing Fellows course every fall. She especially enjoys guiding and getting to know the wonderful fellows, recruiting new instructors to work with the program, and reading writing assignments from different disciplines and courses.
Pre-Conference Workshop B:
Title: An Inquiry State of Mind: Doing Research in the Writing Center
Leaders: Michele Eodice (University of Oklahoma) and Beth Godbee (Marquette University)
Time: Thursday, October 20, 2011, 1:00 to 4:00 PM
That wonderful moment when we realize that all around us, each day, our writing centers present amazing opportunities for research is also the moment we begin to ask: How do I do research in the writing center? Which methods are useful and available to me? What kinds of questions do I need to develop first? What kinds of support, permissions, and analysis tools do I need?
This workshop will help you build an inquiry-based foundation for thinking through the design of a research project. You will leave with a viable research question, a better understanding of available methods, and a plan for working on your project.
Participants will work on developing research questions and design a plan for a research project based on "everyday inquiry" methods, those methods that fit best with the ways we work and offer us the richest data for analysis.
- Which method should I use to learn more about talk?
- How would I discover how students revise?
- Do I really need student consent to study their activity in the writing center?
- Isn't this work just assessment with another name?
The workshop leaders will address these questions and more as we work with participants to facilitate clear definitions, foundational understandings of methods, and basic steps in the research process. The workshop is geared to undergraduate researchers, graduate students, professional staff, and faculty directors.
Michele Eodice is the executive director of a unit at the University of Oklahoma called Learning, Teaching, & Writing. She is a past president of the International Writing Centers Association and a co-author of The Everyday Writing Center.
Assistant Professor at Marquette University, Beth Godbee recently completed her dissertation, a mixed-method study of collaborative writing talk in campus and community writing centers. She is passionate about research methodologies and has published research based on conversation analysis, ethnography, participatory research, and tutor/action research.
Pre-Conference Workshop C:
Title: Working Strategically with Multilingual Writers: Best Practices
Leaders: Kim Strain (University of Minnesota) and Terese Thonus (University of Kansas)
Time: Thursday, October 20, 2011, 1:00 to 5:00 PM
The number of multilingual writers in many Writing Centers throughout the Midwest is increasing, and many writing consultants, both experienced and inexperienced, feel under prepared to work with this important student population. In this half-day workshop, participants will learn best practices in consulting with multilingual writers, not only learning specific strategies to use in their consultations but also developing greater intentionality in their work. The workshop will conclude with a discussion of how these practices could be implemented at each participant's writing center.
Kim Strain is one of the Non-Native Speaker Specialists at the Center for Writing's Student Writing Support program at the University of Minnesota. As a teacher and a consultant of multilingual writers for over 15 years both in the United States and abroad, Kim is one of the main developers of the Center's print and online materials for multilingual writers. Kim also mentors and trains new undergraduate and graduate consultants on working with multilingual writers in the Center every year.
Terese Thonus has been Director of the KU Writing Center at the University of Kansas since 2007. She has 14 years' experience as an ESL/EFL instructor and teacher educator in Brazil, Thailand and the U.S. as well as 10 years' experience teaching in M.A. Linguistics/TESOL programs and five years' experience as a peer writing tutor. Terese has published and presented on writing center interaction, especially between tutors and English L2 writers.
A draft schedule for sessions will be available in Early September. For general information about the conference schedule, see the FAQs.