2020 Writing Conference Proposal Form

CWVWP Spring Writing and Learning Conference 2020

Paper, Pencil, Disk, Drive: Engaging Writers across the Composing Rainbow

Proposals Due: January 15th, 2020

Call for Proposals

The Central West Virginia Writing Project is excited to announce its annual Writing and Learning Conference at Marshall
University April 3-4, 2020. Our theme this year explores how to teach and learn from one another about
writing and teaching writing in in a composing rainbow that stretches from pencil and paper to digital creations. We are
celebrating traditional and digital composers and seeking a wide range of presentations.

Our keynote speaker is Dr. Troy Hicks, Writing Project Fellow and author of numerous texts, including Crafting Digital Writing (2013), The Digital Writing Workshop (2009) as well as a co-author of Because Digital Writing Matters (Jossey-Bass, 2010),

The planning committee seeks proposals from educators across multiple teaching contexts (classrooms, community-based settings, and artistic communities) for workshops, teaching demonstrations, panel presentations, and roundtable presentation that explore the possibilities, challenges, and power of texts to transform lives and to ignite change in communities.

Proposal may consider any of the follow questions related to the theme:

  • How can we teach writing in hybrid learning environments?
  • How do we keep storytelling alive in a digital world?
  • How can we teach writing to emergent writers?
  • How can we link in-school and out-of-school time to engage learners with composing in hybrid and digital environments?
  • How can we shape writing process to address the writer, not just the writing?
  • How does writing change in a hybrid or digital environment?
  • How can we connect old school learning with new school methods?
  • How can non-traditional classroom settings and approaches engage learners with writing and learning?
  • How can we connect writing in schools to social action projects?
  • How can we connect reading and writing to engage students in the craft of writing in traditional and digital environments?

Session Formats

Conference Sessions are 60 minutes in length.

  • Workshop: In these highly interactive sessions, one or two presenters facilitate activities that encourage educators to practice, experiment, design, and reflect on ways to improve their practice.
  • Teaching demonstration: One or more educators model a lesson from their current teaching practice, engaging participants in the activities and reflecting on how the lesson might work in different contexts.
  • Roundtable discussions: Roundtables for elementary, middle, high school, and university educators meet to discuss issues and develop goals
  • Panel: A team of 2-4 educators will present aspects of their teaching and research organized around a shared topic or theme.

Submit online proposals by January 15, 2020 to:

Download Conference Proposal Form

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