2012 Transitioning to College Writing Symposium

We invite you to join us on September 28 and 29 of this year, as writing teachers from college and high school settings in Mississippi and the Memphis areas meet here on the Ole Miss campus to explore challenges we all face in giving our students the best possible foundation for transitioning to college writing.

Our program begins Friday morning with a welcoming address and moves into various workshops, keynote addresses, round tables, and “unconference” forums that we hope will foster dialogue, encourage the communication of values and teaching practices, and promote understanding between all of us.

During our two days together, we will engage with the following questions:

  • What are the experiences of students in Mississippi as they write during their high school and college years?
  • How is writing taught across these settings?
  • How is standardized testing, such as the English II Writing Assessment, ACT, and the SAT, affecting writing curricula in secondary schools?
  • What is expected of college writers?
  • How are teachers helping students develop as lifelong writers, such as creative writers, citizen writers and workplace writers?
  • What resources are teachers of writing using to facilitate their work?

Also, attendees will have the opportunity to:

  • Meet and network with other teachers of writing from high school and college venues
  • Great resources to use and share: handbooks, textbooks, assignment swaps, and more
  • Map the landscape of writing in our area, using guided activities and workshop sessions