Upcoming (Local) Conferences 09/22/2011
If you want to be a scholar, I can't stress how important it is to go to conferences. You have to meet and talk with people in the field. Not that you can't do that through the internet; however, there is a level of connection that occurs with hallway or happy hour chatter at a conference. There are three conference I would like all of you to sincerely consider proposing papers/presentations for and/or attending. I am always happy to talk to you about any proposal you want to make (just give me more than "It's due tomorrow" response time).
North Carolina Symposium on Teaching Writing (see handout), Feb. 10-12
Nice, intimate (aka, small) conference focusing on teaching writing, especially at undergrad levels. VERY grad student friendly. Cheap registration fee. This is at NC State in Raleigh, relatively short drive however you'll need to figure out sleeping arrangements for one or two nights. I'm looking into van/carpool and cheap location to stay. Proposals are due October 7.
TYCA-SE, Feb. 22-25
Although TYCA generally focuses on two year colleges, they are generally welcoming of anyone who wants to talk about teaching dev/basic, 100 & 200 level English courses. TYCA-SE is in Virginia Beach this year. So really, there is no excuse for those of you who are local not to attend. Those of you who are not local, email me if you want to come in. We'll figure out some way for you to stay cheap/free for one or two nights. Most of the projects you will design for this class are things that audience would want to hear about. Proposals are due November 15.
Computers & Writing 2012, May 17-20
Again, back to NC State (go Susan and the NC State folks for hosting some good conferences this year). Like I mentioned in class last night, this is a large enough conference to be "robust & diverse;" how small enough that you can really get to meet and hang out with folks. C&W is also very welcoming of graduate students. Since you never know where it will be, it is good to take advantage of C&W being relatively local. Usually C&W host campuses open up student dorms for a cheap housing option; the website doesn't seem to mention whether or not NC State will be doing that. Again, we can look into a van option. Proposals are due October 22.
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