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Student Success in Writing Conference Call for Proposals


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The Call For Proposals Deadline has now passed.
Thank you for your submissions.

* (Notification by February 1, 2014)

Student Success in Writing Conference
Friday, April 4, 2014
Coastal Georgia Center, Savannah, GA
Please plan to include an abstract of approximately 250 words, as well as a description of three or four sentences suitable for the web site and brochure.

Educators of all types of writing at the secondary and postsecondary levels are invited to submit proposals.

DEADLINES FOR PROPOSALS: All proposals must be submitted online by 5 p.m. EST on December 1, 2013. Faxed, mailed or emailed proposals will not be considered.

SSWC’s MISSION: The Student Success in Writing Conference is designed to promote 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.

PROPOSAL EVALUATION CRITERIA: All proposals are double-blind reviewed using the following evaluation criteria.

Currency: Is the topic relevant and significant to the field?
Purpose: Does the proposal make it clear what attendees will gain from the presentation?
Support: Will the presenter provide credible support that the practices or theoretical conclusions are sound?

Please complete the entire online form. The red asterisk will denote required fields.

Reminder: Confirmed presenters must register for the conference in advance to insure inclusion in the conference program.

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
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 research in 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?
Questions about presentations can be directed to:
Name Title Phone Email
Nan LoBue Conference Co-Chair 912.478.0641
Peggy Lindsey Conference Co-Chair 912.478.6991
Division of Continuing Education • PO Box 8124 Statesboro, GA 30458-8124 • 912.478.5555 •