Georgia Southern University

Student Success in Writing Conference


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Student Success in Writing Conference
Friday, April 4, 2014
Coastal Georgia Center, Savannah, GA
About the Conference:
Celebrating its 14th year in 2014, The Student Success in Writing Conference promotes the success of students in writing courses at the secondary and postsecondary levels. The conference also seeks to establish and maintain dialogue between college and high school educators. We are committed to offering practical workshops and theoretical presentations on topics related to the teaching and craft of writing. Our audience includes 2-year and 4-year college faculty, high school teachers, administrators, librarians & information specialists, and graduate students.
In order to finalize the program for printing, we ask that all presenters register by March 7. Please note that students and part-time faculty qualify for reduced fees.

The early registration rate of $85 has been extended through noon, March 14.
After that the registration fee will be $100.

We encourage proposals about promoting student success at the secondary and postsecondary levels in the following areas:

  • Creative Writing
  • Technical and Professional Writing
  • First-Year Composition
  • Writing in High School
  • Applied Linguistics/ TESOL
  • Computers and Writing
  • Writing About Literature
  • Writing Across the Curriculum/Writing in the Disciplines
  • Writing Centers
New this year: The date, Friday, April 4
The conference has traditionally been held in mid-February. This year, we will meet on Friday, April 4 — a date that we hope will offer participants a little more breathing room between the start of spring semester and the conference.
4 New proposal options.
We’ve expanded the options for the types of proposals you can make. Rather than simply proposing a single presentation, you may choose from the following:

Colloquium (60 minutes). A forum for a group of scholar-teachers to formally present and discuss a current issue in secondary and/or postsecondary writing education. The colloquium organizer is responsible for securing participants who represent various viewpoints. A colloquium may not have more than four panelists, including the leader.

Individual Practice-Oriented Presentation (20 minutes). These presentations emphasize showing rather than simply telling about a technique for teaching or evaluation writing. Presentations should limit any explanations of underlying theory to 5 minutes or less.

Individual Research-Oriented Presentation (20 minutes). These presentations involve an oral summary, with occasional references to notes or a text, of the presenters’ work in relation to theory or practice. Presenters are expected to engage the audience, not simply read a prepared text. While these presentations will by definition emphasize research and theory, presenters should be able to suggest ideas for practical applications.

Panel Session (60 minutes). Presenters are encouraged to work with colleagues to propose panel sessions. These sessions consist of 2-4 speakers sharing practice-oriented or research-oriented presentations. Such panels may be particularly useful for topics that require more attention to theory than a standard practice-oriented presentation allows or more attention to practice than a research-oriented presentation permits.

Presenters are expected to provide handouts or online access to materials and are encouraged to use audiovisual aids.

New feature panel.
We have replaced the last session of the day with a feature panel of experienced writing teachers from secondary and post-secondary writing programs. They’ll share their experience, expertise, opinions and ideas on how to help students succeed in writing. We hope you’ll join us and share your own views during what is sure to be a lively discussion of the key questions educators face when teaching writing:

  • How do you define success in writing?
  • What do you think is key to success?
  • What do you need to create more success?
  • What techniques foster success?
  • How can we work together across institutions and grade levels to foster success?
Sponsored by

  • Department of Writing and Linguistics, College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences, Georgia Southern University
  • Continuing Education, Georgia Southern University
Division of Continuing Education • PO Box 8124 Statesboro, GA 30458-8124 • 912.478.5555 •