Event || International Researcher’s Consortium Workshop

For the tenth year, the International Researcher’s Consortium will host a workshop at the annual College Conference on Composition and Communication (CCCC) conference located in the U.S. We are inviting brief proposals for up to twenty-four researcher-participant roles focused on research about writing in higher education outside of the U.S. (see details below about what this might include).

Languaging, Laboring, and Transforming: International Exchanges about Higher Education Writing Research at the College Conference on Composition and Communication, March 14-17, 2018, Kansas City, Missouri http://www.ncte.org/cccc/conv/call-2018
We know that researchers around the world are interested in finding sites, physical and figurative, for serious cross-national conversation that includes multiple research traditions. In this workshop, we seek to contextualize and transform these international research traditions and projects as scenes for laboring and languaging about and through writing.
This workshop, along with the exchanges we have before meeting at the conference, is designed to make space available at the CCCC conference for extended time to read, process, think through, and discuss in detail each other’s work. We have learned, through nine previous workshops and other international exchanges, that we all need this kind of time for real exchange, given that we come from different linguistic, institutional, political, geographic, theoretical and pedagogical places. This full day space permits us to get rich feedback on our own projects-in-process, as well as understand each other’s work through its unique institutional, cultural, and political contexts, encourages reflection on the nature and status of higher education writing research more broadly, and sponsors collaborating as a network of writing scholars across these contexts.
We want to engage researcher-participants from many countries and research traditions in an equal exchange dialogue, learning from each other: the primary focus is on the writing research itself.
The research can be focused on teaching or studying writing in any language. We are willing to help with translation of a text into English as needed, if the paper is accepted for the workshop.
Please submit a brief proposal that describes a research project (in process or recently completely) that you would be interested in sharing with other facilitators and participants. By research, we mean a project with a focused research question, an identified methodology (qualitative, quantitative, ethnographic, historical, discourse analysis, etc), and the collection of data in some form. This proposal should briefly explain how you currently see your research fitting into a network of writing researchers. In other words, what connections do you expect to see with other kinds of research, and what do you think researchers from other contexts might learn from your study. When appropriate, describe what kind of audience, scholarly journal, or professional audience might be interested in your research.
The project should be “international” for a largely U.S.-based audience, by which we mean, here, carried out by either scholars in countries other than the U.S., or scholars collaborating deeply across borders, including U.S. borders, in any language. Your role in the workshop would be to provide a draft text about the research by the end of December 2017, to read the other workshop facilitators’ texts before attending the CCCC conference, and to participate in the day-long workshop by leading a discussion about your project and participating in discussions of a subset of others’ projects.
A copy of a couple of sections of last year’s (2017) workshop proposal is attached, to give you an idea of what the overall proposal might look like. We will send out a draft of the 2018 overall proposal after we’ve collected all the project proposals. You will be welcome to suggest changes to the overall proposal at that point. You may notice that the proposal is written with a U.S. readership in mind–this is because the proposal review committee is comprised primarily of U.S. scholars. We are convinced that we can learn a lot from each other and that the respective international scenes mutually enhance writing research. We therefore encourage participants in the workshop to also consider how they can collaborate on projects or contribute to each other’s project by combining methodologies and methods across borders and approaches. We also know how critical it is for all scholars to be directly engaged with projects and research models from multiple research traditions.
Please submit your proposal by April 25th to [https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/3S28PTW]. Apologies for the tight turnaround time, but the requested information should not take you more than 30-45 minutes to complete. A copy of the questions you’ll need to answer in the submission form is attached, for your use as you prepare your proposal. This proposal can be quite informal (it serves to help us determine appropriate projects, and only the title will appear in the program), so please feel free to send something along. Do keep a copy for yourself, as the survey collector will not send a copy back to you.
We strongly encourage you to submit a proposal to the CCCC as individual presenters, as well: <http://www.ncte.org/cccc/conv&gt; The CCCC format does allow individuals to present at both a workshop and a concurrent session (it does not allow individuals to present at more than one concurrent session).
Thank you! Please write with any questions at all to any of the International Researchers Consortium steering committee:
Cinthia Gannett – cinthiagannett@gmail.com
Christiane Donahue – christiane.donahue@dartmouth.edu
Magnus Gustafsson – magusta@chalmers.se
Ann-Marie Eriksson – ann-marie.eriksson@gu.se
Monserrat Castello – montserratcb@blanquerna.url.edu
Violeta Molina – vmolina@javerianacali.edu.co
Lance Cummings – cummingsl@uncw.edu

Event || Long Night Against Procrastination – #LNAP17

Is your institution planning to host a Long Night Against Procrastination event this semester?

If so, leave a comment to let everyone know your date and plans.

If you’re interested to learn about what has happened in the past, check out #LNAP16, #LNAP15, and #LNAP2015. Additional planning information from past LNAPs can be found here.


March 9 from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. – University of Ottawa

Event || Writing Support Colloquium – July 8th – U of Guelph

The Writing Support Colloquium, hosted by team of writing specialists from the Tri-University Group of Libraries, will take place at the University of Guelph’s McLaughlin Library on July 8, 2016.  The one-day Colloquium themed, “How Writing Centres Can Win Friends and Influence People,” a nod to Dale Carnegie’s famous book, How to Win Friends and Influence People, will focus on building and promoting a writing culture on campus. Dr. Jennifer Simpson, Associate Professor in the Department of Drama and Speech Communication at the University of Waterloo will be the keynote speaker.

“The goal of the Colloquium is to share ideas about building critical partnerships with writing promoters and supporters on our campuses,” said Kim Garwood, Manager of Writing Services at the McLaughlin Library. “We also want to encourage and support our communities to think less about writing as a tool and more as a process of thinking, learning, and engaging with others.”

Registration is $15 (covers the cost of lunch) and is now open to anyone who teaches writing or provides general writing support to students. The event is affiliated with the Canadian Writing Centres Association.

The Writing Support Colloquium planning committee has hosted several similar events at each of their campuses and consists of Clare Bermingham from the University of Waterloo, Jordana Garbati from Wilfrid Laurier University and Kim Garwood from the University of Guelph.

For more information, contact Kim Garwood (email address).

Conference || Supporting L2 Writing at German-Language Universities

The complete program for Symposium 2016: Supporting L2 Writing at German-Language Universities, hosted by the Language Center of the Technische Universität München on April 7 and 8, 2016, has been published at http://www.tum.de/writing-symposium-2016

This year our conference includes a fantastic lineup of workshops and presentations by educators, academics, and professionals from universities and institutions around the world. We’ll discuss writing and teaching writing in English and German from multifaceted perspectives, such as new technological approaches, peer feedback, special requirements for working with scientific writers, internationalization and the lingua franca, bridging the L1/L2 divide, and many others.

The two keynote speakers are: Dr. Leslie Sage, Senior Editor of Physical Sciences at Nature; and Prof. Dr. Christian Fandrych, director of the Herder Institute at the University of Leipzig. Their presentations, along with the Writing Summit panel discussion, will tackle the question “What is good writing?” from a variety of scientific, academic, and professional viewpoints.

Please visit the website to register and for information on planning your visit to Munich. Feel free to email me at shannon@zv.tum.de with any questions.

EVENT || Long Night Against Procrastination (#LNAP16)

Is your institution planning to host a Long Night Against Procrastination (#LNAP16) event this semester?

If so, leave a comment to let everyone know your date and plans.

If you’re interested to learn about what has happened in the past, check out #LNAP15  and #LNAP2015. Additional planning information from past LNAPs can be found here.


Thursday, February 25

Georgian College (Barrie, ON)

Thursday, March 10

Nipissing University (North Bay, ON)

Laurentian University (Sudbury, ON)

Thursday, March 17

Ryerson University (Toronto, ON)

Wednesday, March 23

      University of Manitoba (Winnipeg, MB)

Thursday, March 31

      Saint Thomas University (Fredericton, NB)



SSHRC’s Storytellers Contest has launched!

SSHRC describes the Storytellers contest as follows:

“SSHRC’s annual Storytellers contest challenges postsecondary students to show Canadians how social sciences and humanities research is affecting our lives, our world and our future for the better.

We’re looking for storytellers and data journalists, social media masters and aspiring filmmakers.

Your challenge? In three minutes or 300 words, tell Canadians about a great SSHRC-funded project happening at your school.

The project can be yours or it can be a professor’s (get their permission first!), but your story should be creative, compelling and clear.” (via)

Submissions are accepted between January 5th, 2016 and January 29th, 2016.

Learn more about the Storytellers contest.