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  • Spring 2020 End-of-Semester Wrap-Up

    End-of-semester and year information about what CWS has been up to.

  • Supporting Communicative Diversity Across the Curriculum: A WAC Workshop

    Details about our forthcoming WAC Workshop—centering around communicative diversity—scheduled for Thurs., 3/5, from 3.00p-4.30p in Henry Admin Building 140.

  • CWS Brownbag: "Emerging Trends in Bilingual Education" with Monica Gonzalez Ybarra, Giselle Martinez Negrette, and Idalia Nuñez

    Details for our next CWS brownbag event, "Emerging Trends in Bilingual Education."

  • CCCCs 2020 Presenter Guide: CWS Graduate Students, Faculty, and Alums

    See what CWS'ers are working on / planning to share next month at the Conference on College Composition and Communication 2020 in Milwaukee, WI. 

  • CWS Inaugural Writing Across Media (WAM) Student Work Showcase

    Details about our forthcoming, first-ever Writing Across Media (WAM) Student Work Showcase.

  • Spring 2020: Here We Go!

    We're excited to announce our Spring 2020 programming; be sure to mark your calendars for these events!

  • Fall '19 End-of-Semester Reflection

    A rundown of what CWS has been up to this past semester.

  • CWS Graduate Research Forum Talk: Chelsea Catt

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

  • 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 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