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  • CWS Brownbag: "Writing Centers and Online Tutoring" with Carolyn Wisniewski, María Paz Carvajal Regidor, Evin Groundwater, and Allison Kranek

    Here's an abstract and biographical information for our forthcoming brownbag "Writing Centers and Online Tutoring."

  • CWS Graduate Research Forum Talk: Chelsea Catt

    This post contains an abstract and bio for Chelsea Catt's forthcoming Graduate Research Forum talk.

  • CWS Meeting: "CWS: The Next 20 Years: Part II"

    Details about the forthcoming all-CWS student, all-CWS faculty meeting "CWS: The Next 20 Years: Part II" to be held on October 30, from 11:00-1:00pm in English Building 36.

  • CWS Brownbag: "Women and Dictionary Making: Gender, Genre, and English Language Lexicography" with Lindsay Rose Russell

    Here's an abstract and biographical information for Lindsay Rose Russell's forthcoming brownbag "Women and Dictionary Making: Gender, Genre, and English Language Lexicography."

  • Fall Symposium—Race, Translanguaging, and Language Ideologies Across the Lifespan

    A description of the symposium's methodological workshops, abstracts and bios for the public talks, notes on the post-symposium conversation hour, and accessibility information for the event.

  • Fall 2019: Welcome Back!

    We're excited to announce some of the events that we have planned for this Fall '19 semester. Mark your calendars for these events!

  • Spring 2019 Reflection

    Happy Summer CWS! As Spring 2019 fades into the rearview, we want to reflect on a semester of possibilities and progress.

  • Reflections on the Gesa E. Kirsch CWS Graduate Student Symposium

    Maria Carvajal reflects on her experiences at the Gesa E. Kirsch CWS Graduate Student Symposium.

  • 10th Annual Gesa E. Kirsh Graduate Student Symposium Program

    The Center for Writing Studies is delighted to announce the program for the 10th Annual Gesa Kirsch Graduate Student Symposium. It will be a great event, and we look forward to seeing you there!

  • CCCC 2019 - CWS Faculty, Student and Alumni Panels

    CWS is delighted to announce the list of presenters for the 2019 Conference on College Composition and Communication. Current CWS-affiliated faculty and students are noted in bold, alumni are underlined.

    If you are attending the conference, be sure to stop by the CWS Social to catch up with student, faculty and alumni. 

    CWS Social at 4C's

    Thursday, March 14th @ 6:30pm

    Level 7 - Rooftop Hotel Bar

    1126 Smallman Street

    Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15222 Phone:  (412) 281-9300

  • Watson Conference 18 CWS Student, Faculty, and Alumni Panels

    CWS is delighted to announce the list of presenters at this iteration of the Watson Conference. Current CWS-affiliated faculty and students are noted in bold, alumni are italicized.

  • Spring 2018 reflection

    The CWS staff looks back at the spring 2018 semester and forward to upcoming/ongoing projects.

  • 9th Annual Gesa E. Kirsh Graduate Student Symposium Program

    We are excited about the upcoming 9th Annual Gesa E. Kirsch symposium! Graduate students from English, Education and Communication will be presenting their research on a variety of interesting topics. This year, our keynote speaker is Kevin Roozen, Associate Professor of Writing and Rhetoric, University of Central Florida. Dr. Roozen will also be leading a Research Visioning Workshop as part of this year's symposium. 

    We encourage everyone to attend all or part of the Symposium (including the workshop). This event continues to showcase the awesome work that graduate students are doing and it’s a great way to wrap up the year.

    Please see the program and keynote flyer for more information. 

  • 4C 18 CWS Student, Faculty and Alumni Panels

    CWS is happy to announce the list of presenters at this year's Conference on College Composition and Communication. Current faculty and students are noted in bold, alumni are underlined.

  • Fall 2017 Recap

    María Carvajal and Nki Turnipseed provide an update on changes to the CWS admin team and recap the fall semester. 

  • Liv Davila on Data as Text

    Bri Lafond shares her thoughts on our November brownbag, "Data as Text" led by Liv Davila

  • Trans- {Language, Literacies, Modal, National} Symposium: Grappling with Complexity

    María Carvajal reflects on the CWS Trans- {Language, Literacies, Modal, National} Symposium

  • CWS Reading/Working Groups

    Join one of these great groups, or let us help you start a new one!

  • Dissertation Projects with Katrina Kennett and Jenn Raskauskas

    Hannah Harris writes about the work  Katrina Kennett and Jenn Raskauskas presented at the Spring 2017 CWS Grad Student Colloquium

  • 8th Annual Gesa E. Kirsch and CWS Graduate Student Symposium Program

    The Graduate Symposium Planning Committee is excited to share the program for this year's Gesa E. Kirsch Symposium. Gesa E. Kirsch will be joining us again this year and Mary. P. Sheridan is our alumni keynote speaker.

  • Dana Ferris on Providing Effective Feedback to Multilingual Writers

    María Carvajal reflects on Dana Ferris' visit to campus 

  • CFP for the 8th Annual Gesa Kirsch CWS Graduate Student Symposium

    Call for Proposals for the 8th Annual Gesa Kirsch Graduate Student Symposium

  • CWS Students and Factuly @ 4C17

    CWS is happy to announce the list of presenters at this year's Conference on College Composition and Communication. We have a large number of CWS faculty, students, and alumni who are presenting, so this blog post includes current faculty and students. Look for alumni presenters in the blog post below.

  • CWSAlumni@4C17

    CCCC 2017 CWS Alumni Sessions

  • CWS Events Spring 2017

    A summary of CWS events for this semester.

  • Rhetorical Agency in Action: Notes on a Data Session

    Katherine Flowers shares her notes and thoughts on one of the data sessions that took place during the CWS Inaugural Symposium.

  • CWS Inaugural Symposium Twitter Archive

    Logan Middleton's archive of Inaugural Symposium Tweets 

  • Thoughts on the CWS Inaugural Symposium

    María Carvajal reflects on the CWS Inaugural Symposium

  • Call For Bloggers: Write for Us!

    We want YOU to write for the Center for Writing Studies Blog!

    Build your online scholarly profile, work through ideas, start coversations, share the smart things that happen among CWS faculty and students. 

  • CWS Fall 2016 Brownbag Series: David Cisneros

    CWS held our first brownbag of the semester on Tuesday, 20th September, when David Cisneros (Assistant Professor of Communication and Latina/Latino Studies) presented "Coming out of the Shadows: Genre, Affect, Desire." 

  • CCCC 2016 Audio Roundtable Discussion

    CWS graduate students Maria Carvajal, Bruce Kovanen, Evin Groundwater, and Logan Middleton sat down to reflect on their experiences at 4C16. 

  • CWS Colloquium Series: Elizabeth Moje

    This visual representation of two talks given by Elizabeth Moje is created by CWS Student Sarah Durst

  • Reflections: 7th Annual Gesa E. Kirsch and Center for Writing Studies Graduate Student Symposium

    This blog post was written by CWS Student Katherine Flowers.

    It was my pleasure to attend the 7th annual Gesa Kirsch Graduate Symposium on April 21, 2016. This year’s symposium continued many of the traditions started in previous iterations, including graduate student panels, faculty panel chairs, an alumni keynote speaker, and a post-symposium happy hour. At the same time, everyone brought their unique perspectives, methods, data, and arguments to their presentations. In this recap blog post, I try to do their work justice.

  • A Few Kirsch Symposium Photos

    Photos of panels and the keynote speaker, Kim Hensley Owens, from Friday's Symposium. 

  • CWS Graduate Student Colloquium: Pamela Saunders and Katherine Flowers

    Pamela Saunders and Katherine Flowers presented at this Spring's Graduate Student Colloquium on Thursday, April 14th. 

  • The 7th Annual Gesa E. Kirsch and Center for Writing Studies Graduate Student Symposium

    Please join us for the  The 7th Annual Gesa E. Kirsch and Center for Writing Studies

    Graduate Student Symposium

    Friday, April 22 Foreign Languages Building 1080 (Lucy Ellis Lounge) 

    8:30 am-9:00 am: Welcome and Opening Remarks by Spencer Schaffner

    9:00 am-10:15 am: Communities and Spaces for Literacy Education and Rhetorical Agency

    Kaia Simon: Fathers Teaching Daughters: Literacy that Changes Family Relationships

    Maggie Shelledy: “If It Hadn’t Been for Writing, I Think I Would Have Lost My Mind:” Resilience, Love, and Writing in Prison

     Evin Groundwater: The Hegemonic Maintenance of Gaming Rhetorics of Space as White, Masculine, and Male

    Chair: Lindsay Rose Russell

    10:30 am-11:30 am: Navigating Diversity and Inclusion in Organizations, Writing Centers, and Classrooms

    Maria Carvajal: Change within the System: Felipe Ortego y Gasca and the National Council of Teachers of English

    Logan Middleton: Writing Deafness: Negotiations of Composition, Signing, and Mediated Language

     Bruce Kovanen: Writing Centers and the Framework for Success in Postsecondary Writing

    Chair: J. David Cisneros

    11:45 am-1:15 pm: Lunch at Bevier Cafe

     

    1:30 pm-2:30 pm: Keynote by Kim Hensley Owens, Associate Professor of English at Northern Arizona University: In Lak’ech, The Chicano Clap, and Fear: A Partial Rhetorical Autopsy of Tucson’s Now-Illegal Ethnic Studies Class

    2:45 pm-4:00 pm: Public and Professional Writing

    Donovan Bisbee: The Viability of Precedent: Social Movement Discourse and Planned Parenthood v. Casey

    Annie Kelvie: Writing in the Religious Professions: A Case Study

    Katrina Kennett: Drawing into Relation: Teacher Planning Practices for Classroom Instruction

    Chair: Eric Darnell Pritchard

     

    4:15 pm-4:45 pm: Traversing Linguistic, Ideological, and National Boundaries

              Tom McNamara & Yu-Kyung Kang

              Chair: Kelly Ritter

     

    5:00 pm: Happy Hour at Murphy’s Pub – All Welcome!

    A very special thanks to:

    Spencer Schaffner

    Symposium Planning Committee: Maria Carvajal and Katherine Flowers

    Faculty Chairs: Lindsay Rose Russell, J. David Cisneros, Eric Darnell Pritchard, and Kelly Ritter

  • CWS #4C16 Alumni Happy Hour

    Photos from our Happy Hour meetup at Neil's Bahr in Houston, during CCCC 2016.

  • CWS Spring Brownbag Series: Spencer Schaffner

     Spencer Schaffner's Brownbag Talk, "Shame Parades," from Wednesday the 30th of March is reviewed by CWS graduate student Logan Middleton

  • CWS Spring Brownbag Series: Mark Dressman

    Professor Mark Dressman (Curriculum and Instruction, College of Education) kicked off our Spring Brownbag Series with his talk “Words and Pictures: A Peircean/Saussurean Framework for Multimodal Analysis” on Wednesday March 9th. Read more about his talk here. 

  • CWS@4C16

    The 2016 Conference on College Composition and Communication is fast approaching, and we are so proud of the many scholars affiliated with the Center for Writing Studies who will be participating in workshops, roundtables, panels, and poster sessions. This year, the number of CWS faculty, graduate students, and alumni who will be presenting papers at 4Cs is so large that we cannot fit all of them in one blog post. Below is a list of those who will be presenting on Friday, April 8 and Saturday, April 9. For a list of presentations on Thursday, please see the blog post below. See you in Houston!

     

     

  • CWS@4C16

    The 2016 Conference on College Composition and Communication is fast approaching, and we are so proud of the many scholars affiliated with the Center for Writing Studies who will be participating in workshops, roundtables, panels, and poster sessions. This year, the number of CWS faculty, graduate students, and alumni who will be presenting papers at 4Cs is so large that we cannot fit all of them in one blog post. Below is a list of those who will be presenting on Thursday, April 7. For a list of presentations on Friday and Saturday, please see the blog post above. See you in Houston!

     

     

  • Deborah Brandt's Visit Postponed

    Due to today's storm, Prof. Brandt will not able to travel here in time for her Colloquium Talk tomorrow. We have decided to reschedule her visit. All of the events on her itinerary for tomorrow are cancelled. Thank you again for your support of her visit, and we look forward to hosting her sometime in the future. 

  • Reflecting on Jeff Rice's "Craft Identities"

    Last week, we were pleased to welcome to campus Jeff Rice, Professor of Writing, Rhetoric, and Digital Studies at the University of Kentucky. Professor Rice’s talk, “Craft Identities,” was part of the 2015-2016 CWS Colloquium Speaker Series. To say that Rice’s talk was about craft beer would be like saying Discipline and Punish is about prisons. It is and it isn’t. Taking craft beer as a kind of carabiner, Rice’s talk weaved through anecdotal repetitions, interruptions, and multiple beginnings, a kind of Burkean perspective by incongruity that demonstrated how identities are crafted across print, digital, and material spaces.  In “One Always Fails in Speaking of What One Loves,” Roland Barthes writes “Music constitutes a kind of primal state of pleasure: it produces a pleasure one always tries to recapture but never to explain; hence, it is the site of the pure effect, a central notion of the Stendhalian aesthetic.” If music is the degree zero in Stendahl’s Italian system, beer may be said to be the degree zero of Rice’s craft network, both signifying and producing anecdotes, identities, relationships, events.

    While there was much to reflect on in this talk (especially as someone who is herself both constructing and constructed by the network of craft beer), I find myself repeatedly returning to the role of the personal in Rice’s work, the way he stitches together pleasure, surprise, and desire with the logics and narrative gestures of both craft beer and social media. He says, “In this sense, I’m also searching for an identity outside of an industry’s identity: mine, and that of experiences that I want to share. I call this identity a “craft identity,” for it is based in the logic of craft beer, consumption shaping a sense of who I am, as well as social media, that RateBeer experience that marks my initiation into shared participation. The basis of a transmedia identity is that various items that shape who I am come from disparate sites and create conflicting, almost mythic meanings.” Through what he elsewhere calls “personal weaving,”   Rice not only explained, but performed this craft identity, through interruptions and contagions of grand narratives and by scanning not for the confident ethos of grand narratives, but for “the mystical and mythical nature of craft relationships.”

    If you'd like to listen to "Craft Identities," a recording is available to stream in the CWS Colloquium Archive

  • WAM Professional Development with Professor Jeff Rice

    During Jeff Rice’s recent visit to the Center for Writing Studies, he met with current instructors of the Center’s Writing Across Media class for breakfast and conversation at Courier Café. Over always-amazing eggs and hash browns, WAM instructors Annie Kelvie, Katherine Flowers, and Kaia Simon shared our approaches and experiences teaching WAM with one of the scholars whose scholarly work influences the course.

     

  • Upcoming Talks and Events on Campus



    Upcoming talks and events on campus include: 

    Lunch-time talk by Dr. Carolyn Wisniewski, Director of the U of I Writers Workshop.  The talk is about a study about the development of teaching knowledge and practice among twelve novice graduate teaching assistants (GTAs) of college composition. [Wed Nov. 18th @ Noon -> English Building 107A]

    Talk by Tom McNamara titled “'Burning Dollars': Chinese Undergraduates and Investment in the US Writing Classroom" [Thurs Nov. 19h @ 4pm -> GSLIS 126]

     

  • Writing Across Media

    We have four sections of our Writing Across Media class going strong this semester. Learn more about this innovative undergratuate class at cws.illinois.edu/wam. The course fulfills the University's Advanced Composition requirement, along with over 100 other classes on campus. 

     

  • Sixth Annual Gesa Kirsch Graduate Student Symposium

    The Center for Writing Studies conference planning committee invites proposals for the Sixth Annual Gesa Kirsch and Center for Writing Studies Graduate Student Symposium held on Friday, April 24, 2015 from 8:30am-4:30pm. Graduate students from all departments are welcome to present on topics of interest within writing, literacy, discourse, rhetoric, education, and communication. The symposium is a supportive conference where graduate students can present and receive feedback from a small, interested group of peers and faculty.

    We encourage a range of presentation types, from traditional papers to multimodal, performative, reflective, or experimental projects. Please send a title and short abstract (100-200 words) to Kaia Simon (simonpo2@illinois.edu) by April 3, 2015. Specify your preference for either a 10- or 20-minute presentation and any restrictions on your availability for April 24.

    Both Breakfast and lunch will be provided.We look forward to seeing you at the Symposium!

  • CWS@4C15

    The 2015 Conference on College Composition and Communication is fast approaching, and we are so proud of the many scholars affiliated with the Center for Writing Studies who will be participating in workshops, roundtables, panels, and poster sessions. For a list of CWS faculty, graduate students, and alumni who will be presenting papers at 4Cs this year, please visit the CWS Blog by clicking on the title above. See you in Tampa!

     

     

  • From the Director: Welcome and Good News

    As we begin the 2014-2015 academic year, we have many exciting announcements to share with the CWS community. First, we have an engaging line up of visiting and residential speakers for our Colloquium and Brown Bag series. In Fall 2014, we look forward to visits by Sandra Jamieson of Drew University, whose visit is co-sponsored by the Undergraduate Rhetoric Program and who will present at the Colloquium on September 29th. We also look forward to a visit from Christine Tardy of the University of Arizona, who is scheduled to give a talk at the Colloquium on October 23rd. In Spring 2014, our scheduled Colloquium speakers are Scott Wible of the University of Maryland, and Marcelle Haddix of Syracuse University.

    Brown bag sessions in Fall 2014 will be on teaching in our WAM (Writing Across Media) program (September 17), as well as talks by two new English faculty and Core and Affiliate CWS faculty, respectively: Visiting Assistant Professor John Gallagher (October 1) and Assistant Professor Eric Pritchard (November 12). We round out our semester of brown bag events with a talk by Postdoctoral Fellow in Writing and New Learning Ecologies Anna Smith (October 15). All our brown bags are Wednesdays from 12-1 PM in English Building Room 228; bring your lunch and join us for some great conversations!

    We also want to celebrate the new faculty positions of three Writing Studies students who completed their PhD work in Spring 2014. These are Sonia Kline (Assistant Professor of Elementary Education at Illinois State University), Ligia Mihut (Lecturer at Barry University), and Andrea Olinger (Assistant Professor of English at the University of Louisville). Please join me in congratulating these graduates on their new positions!

    In other good news, two CWS graduate students were honored in May 2014 at the Rhetoric Society of America annual conference in San Antonio for their scholarly work: Katie Irwin (Gerard A. Hauser Award for “From Mob Violence to Violence against Women: Lynching Appropriation and the Case of PUMA”) and Pamela Saunders (Gerard A. Hauser Award for “Disabling Counterpublics: Examining Competing Discourses of Autism Advocacy in the Public Sphere”). Our new colleague Eric Pritchard was also honored with the first CCCC Lavender Award for LGBT scholarship, based on his “For Colored Kids Who Committed Suicide, Our Outrage Isn't Enough: Queer Youth of Color, Bullying, and the Discursive Limits of Identity and Safety” which appeared in the Summer 2013 issue of Harvard Educational Review. Last but certainly not least, our colleague Catherine Prendergast was honored with a prestigious Guggenheim fellowship for her project, Writer, Painter, Banker, Thief: The American Arts Colony in the Public Account.

    In still more good news, we have four new English department graduate students who have joined our ranks in the CWS program, and our Writing Studies concentration. These are M.A. students Alison Kranek, Maria Carvajal Regidor, and Paul Beilstein, and Ph.D. student Evin Groundwater. We happily welcome these four to our CWS community!

    Finally, as I assume the position of interim director of CWS for this year, I want to thank outgoing CWS director Paul Prior (who is now on sabbatical—best wishes, Paul!) for his kind support and guidance in helping me make the transition to this position, as well as my other CWS colleagues—particularly staff member Amy Rumsey, who has also provided me with infinitely patient assistance. Leading both CWS and the Undergraduate Rhetoric Program will be a formidable challenge, but one I welcome, as I hope this temporary union will allow us to create an even greater culture of writing at UIUC from the first year through graduate levels. 

  • Gesa E. Kirsch CWS Graduate Student Symposium

    The Center for Writing Studies conference planning committee invites proposals for the 5th Annual Gesa E. Kirsch CWS Graduate Student Symposium, April 25, 2014, from 8:30 am-4:30 pm. Graduate students from all departments are welcome to present on topics of interest within writing, literacy, discourse, rhetoric, education, and communication. The symposium is a supportive conference where graduate students can present and receive feedback from a small, interested group of peers and faculty.

    We encourage a range of presentation types, from traditional papers to multimodal, performative, reflective, or experimental projects.  Please send a title and short abstract (100-200 words) to Kaia Simon (simonpo2@illinois.edu) by April 4, 2014. Specify your preference for either a 10- or 20-minute presentation.

    Additionally, one session of the Symposium will provide an opportunity for small-group workshops. This workshop session is designed to be a writing group experience for graduate students to get feedback on written work, including seminar papers and/or upcoming conference papers. To participate, contact Kaia Simon (simonpo2@illinois.edu) by April 4, 2014.

    Breakfast and lunch will be provided.