Call for Presenters and Discussion Leaders: Research/Writing Group @ CWPA 2014

Thursday, July 17, 2014, from 1pm-4pm

Sign-Up Deadline: Monday, June 16

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The WPA Graduate Organization (WPA-GO) invites presenters and discussion leaders to participate in our first Research/Writing Group (RWG) sessions at the 2014 CWPA Conference in Normal, IL. RWG @ CWPA is free and open to all CWPA Conference registrants.

RWG @ CWPA provides an opportunity for writing program researchers (graduate students, faculty, administrators, independent scholars, etc.) to discuss current works-in-progress at various stages of completion (from brainstorming to revision) and form lasting research/writing groups with fellow researchers from across the country.

RWG @ CWPA will consist of two sessions. Presenters will be placed in a different small, roundtable group for each session based on the focus of their work-in-progress and/or its stage of completion.

In each session, presenters will have five to seven minutes to share their works-in-progress and any related questions or concerns with their small group, with the remaining time devoted to discussion facilitated by the discussion leader.

In conclusion, RWG organizers will offer several ways to form and/or continue research/writing groups beyond the conference.


  • 1:00pm-1:10pm: Opening Remarks
  • 1:10pm-2:20pm: RWG 1
  • 2:20pm-2:35pm: Break
  • 2:35pm-3:45pm: RWG 2
  • 3:45pm-3:50pm: Closing Remarks
  • 3:50pm-4:00pm: Forming/Continuing RWGs
  • Sign Up: To sign up for RWG @ CWPA as a presenter and/or discussion leader, complete this brief sign-up form by Monday, June 16. We will contact you shortly thereafter with further details.

    Accommodations: A number of single-occupancy rooms in the ISU Residence Hall are available as early as the night of Wednesday, July 16, for the very affordable price of $31.70/nt. You can reserve your room when registering for the conference, or, if you have already registered, by emailing Christy Haeffele, the ISU Conference Services Program Coordinator, at

    Funding: WPA-GO is offering at least one travel grant of $100 to a graduate student participating in RWG @ CWPA. For more info on WPA-GO’s 2014 CWPA Grad Student Travel Grants, visit

    Questions: For more information, contact one of this year’s RWG organizers:

  • Brian Hendrickson, WPA-GO Co-Chair,
  • Al Harahap, WPA-GO Co-Chair,
  • Laurie A. Pinkert, WPA-GO Faculty Mentor,