2008 WPA Conference, Workshop, and Institutes

Sponsored by the Council of Writing Program Administrators & Hosted by The University of Denver at the Grand Hyatt, Denver, CO, July 6-13, 2008

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PROGRAM, Detailed Workshop, Institute, and Conference Information, including Travel and Things to Do, remain available at: http://www.du.edu/writing/WPA2008.htm

Call for Conference Proposals NOTE: Call is now closed.

Conference Proposal Submission Form


About the Workshop

About the Institutes



Complete information about the Conference, Workshop, and Institutes, including final prices, is available in PDF form at http://www.du.edu/writing/documents/WPA_informational_brochure.pdf

Registration. Registration is now available. Workshop (including 8 meals): $650. Institutes (includes lunch, break, materials): $140. Conference (includes 6 meals and social event): $295 before June 20, 2008; $315 after ($150 for graduate students). Combination pricing includes Workshop and Institute: $760, Workshop and Conference: $900, Workshop, Institute, and Conference: $1000. There are no refunds after June 28, 2008, alas, something that makes WPA feel hard-hearted; however, the no-refund cut-off date is due to unrefundable deposits that WPA must make to hotel by that time.

Detailed Denver Information and Local Website: http://www.du.edu/writing/WPA2008.htm

Join Colleagues in the Mile High City

Attend an intimate professional meeting with friends at the foothills of the Rockies, in one of America's most invigorating summer cities. The annual WPA Workshop (a three-day intensive experience, July 6-9, for new and renewing WPAs, led by Susan Miller-Cochran and Chris Anson), Institutes (one-day (July 10) learning experiences led by national experts), and Conference (a highly interactive chance to present your work and interact with other national leaders, July 10-13) will be the heart of our gathering, of course, but there's more.

Everything will take place in thriving downtown Denver, near the bustle of Larimer Square, Writer's Square, the 16th Street Mall, Coors Field, a massive REI store, the world-famous Tattered Cover Bookstore, countless outdoor cafes, brewpubs, and high-end restaurants, and the trendy Lodo district, its lofts, clubs, boutiques, and places to watch Platte River kayakers. Yes, you can see the mountains. It will inevitably be sunny (as it is 300 days a year) and in the upper 80's by day, 50's and 60's by night, with scant humidity.

We'll plan a festive Saturday evening outing, and we'll surely offer a surfeit of culture, sports, and entertainment.

The gathering presents a fine stage for side-trips and vacations. Rocky Mountain National Park, Boulder (with a summer chautaqua and the Colorado Shakespeare Fest), Red Rocks, Winter Park, Breckenridge, and so on are easy jaunts; Vail and Aspen, not far. Denver is a great place for partners and family, too. In or adjacent to downtown are Elitch Gardens amusement park, the Denver Art Museum, the Aquarium, the Mint, the Children's musem, the Denver Performing Arts Center (second in size only to Lincoln Center), and a gauntlet of stores to test even the most intrepid shoppers.

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