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WPA Breakfast at CCCC in New York City

You are invited!

2007 WPA Breakfast at CCCC in New York City
Thursday March 22, 7:00-8:30 a.m.
3 West Club, 3 West 51st Street

Enjoy an excellent buffet of scrambled eggs and hash browns; bacon or sausage; assorted pastries, muffins, and bagels; fresh fruit, juice, and coffee -- as well as good company, presentations of awards, miscellaneous announcements, and as always, a few surprises.

MnSCU Conference on Composition

NOTE REVISED DATE FOR ABSTRACTS.

"English Composition: Crossing Lines, Forging Connections & Extending Opportunities"
MnSCU Conference on Composition
March 16 & 17, 2007
hosted by Century College http://www.century.edu/

Keynote Speakers: Mike Palmquist, Colorado State University & Will Hochman, Southern Connecticut State University
Featured Speaker: Steven Pinker, Harvard University

Undergraduate education in the MnSCU system and across the country is in the midst of change. Due to the demands of shifting demographics and the growing presence of alternative methods of course delivery among others, composition teachers are exploring ways to collaborate with each other, with other faculty and staff across their campuses, and with members of a range of communities to improve the teaching and learning of writing.

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CFP for 2007 WPA Conference and Other News

Dear WPA Members and Friends—

I hope the new year is off to a smooth start for you all despite the freaky weather here and there across the country and that the winter holidays provided you some well-deserved rest and relaxation. If was great to see some of you at the MLA convention in Philadelphia at the end of December at which we celebrated the 30th anniversary of the founding of the Council of Writing Program Administrators (see program details at http://wpacouncil.org/node/532 ). Both of our WPA-sponsored panels drew a good audience, including founding member and first editor of our journal WPA: Writing Program Administration Kenneth Bruffee. Thanks to the WPA at MLA: Panels Subcommittee Dominic Delli-Carpini (York College of Pennsylvania), Rebecca Moore Howard (Syracuse University), and Joe Janangelo (Loyola University of Chicago).

Teaching Business Writing - I need a textbook for GTA's

Hi all --

I'm very pleased to join WPA and hope to connect with colleagues who face similar challenges.

I will again be training a group of GTA's, who are currently teaching FYC (first year comp), in how to teach business writing, and I would like to find a textbook that will help them.

For their FYC practicum we used Wilhoit's Allen & Bacon Handbook for Teaching Assistants, but I haven't found a comparable book for training GTA's to teach business writing.

I would love to hear what others have used.

Thanks,

WPA Sessions at the 2007 MLA Conference: Call for Proposals

Call for Proposals: WPA Sessions at MLA
December, 2007
Chicago, IL

The WPA Executive Board and the committee on WPA at MLA (Dominic Delli Carpini, Joe Janangelo, and Rita Malenczyk) invite proposals for 2 panels to be held at the December, 2007 convention of the Modern Language Association in Chicago, IL.

Panel 1
Ethical Practices in Delivering Composition: Beyond Labor Problems to Labor Solutions

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WPA Sessions at the 2007 MLA Conference: Call for Proposals

The WPA Executive Board and the committee on WPA at MLA (Dominic Delli Carpini, Joe Janangelo, and Rita Malenczyk) invite proposals for 2 panels to be held at the December, 2007 convention of the Modern Language Association in Chicago, IL.

Call for Proposals: WPA Sessions at MLA
December, 2007
Chicago, IL

Panel 1
Ethical Practices in Delivering Composition: Beyond Labor Problems to Labor Solutions

CFP--Open Words

Call for Papers

For a SPECIAL ISSUE of
OPEN WORDS: ACCESS And ENGLISH STUDIES

Devoted to
The Teaching, Theorizing, and Research of College-Level Reading and Literacy

Open Words: Access and English Studies is a journal dedicated to publishing articles focusing on political, professional, and pedagogical issues related to teaching composition, reading, ESL, creative writing, and literature to open admissions and non-mainstream student populations. We will be devoting issue 2.2 (spring, 2008) to the multiple disciplinary and interdisciplinary approaches to reading and literacy. We invite manuscripts from educational psychologists, K-12 reading researchers, compositionists, literacy researchers, and literary theorists to explore ways in which we could improve our college students’ attitude toward reading, their comprehension of texts, and their engagement with texts. We are specifically looking for original classroom research on college campuses; an historical summary of reading research and its applicability to open admissions or otherwise at-risk college learners; conversations that go beyond the deficit model of reading instruction; the relationships between multimodal literacies and new media; ways that people put reading to use in their daily lives; and other related topics. If you have any questions, please contact William Thelin at wthelin@uakron.edu.

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NEH Seminar

Colleagues,

Below is information about an NEH seminar, Masters of Prose (Johnson, Lincoln, Churchill), that I will be directing this summer on the Boston University campus. Please feel free to circulate it to those you think might be interested in applying. Information about the design and goals of the seminar, as well as directions for applying, will be sent to those who e-mail me with their request.

Thanks for your help.

John Briggs
Professor of English
Director, Entry-Level Writing Program
Department of English
UC Riverside

Masters of English Prose:
Samuel Johnson, Abraham Lincoln, Winston Churchill

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