WPA 2001 Conference

Composition Studies in the 21st Century Rereading the Past--Rewriting the Future

October 5-7, 2001
Miami University, Oxford, Ohio
Sponsored by The Council of Writing Program Administrators

Invited speakers include

Peter Elbow
Wendy Bishop
Lynn Z. Bloom
Lester Faigley
Keith Gilyard
Gesa Kirsch
Min-Zhan Lu
Harriet Malinowitz
Susan Miller
Gary Olson
Mark Reynolds
Cynthia Selfe
Kurt Spellmeyer
Todd Taylor
Art Young

The Council of Writing Program Administrators (WPA) will sponsor a landmark highly interactive conference, "Composition Studies in the 21st Century: Rereading the Past-Rewriting the Future," October 5-7th, 2001. Conference directors are Lynn Bloom, Don Daiker, and Ed White.

In addition to the invited speakers, and to commemorate WPA's 25th anniversary, there will be forums with past and present WPA presidents and journal editors.



Each three-hour session, focused on a question central to our discipline, will consist of two thirty-minute talks by invited speakers followed by an hour of small-group table discussion and then a concluding hour of group reports and large-group discussion.

Registrants are invited to volunteer as session moderators or discussion leaders. We expect to list discussion leaders in the program, which should help many secure institutional funding to participate in the conference.


The conference fee is $195, which includes many meals and a copy of the book of conference essays and responses, edited by conference co-directors Lynn Z. Bloom, Don Daiker, and Edward M. White, to be published by Southern Illinois University Press.

Registration is limited to the first 350 registrants, and we expect the conference will fill, as did the previous conference. Brochures describing the conference were mailed to all WPA members in early October 2000. A second mailing is forthcoming.

You may register by making checks payable to "Composition Studies in the 21st Century " and mail payment to

    Composition Studies in the 21st Century Department of English Miami University Oxford, OH 45056

Further information on


For any further questions about local arrangements, call (513) 529-1901 or email Don Daiker at daikerda@muohio.edu.