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Topic Considerations

The conference hosts, the University Writing Center at Wright State University and Sinclair Community College Writing Lab, invite you to consider how time has impacted the writing center at your institution in the following ways:

  • What opportunities do new technologies like generative AI or online tutoring platforms offer to help us save time - as students, tutors, and administrators?
  • What are those “time zappers” that suck away your time? Do you have any special tricks for avoiding or managing them?
  • As administrators, we’re often asked to split our time between tasks - teaching, supervising, research, etc. How do you decide how to prioritize, or what tools help you make this happen?
  • What evidence-based methods help ensure that tutoring time is time well spent? How can these methods save time for student writers? How can time out of sessions best support writing tutors?
  • How do tutors prepare for sessions? What habits, rituals, or strategies help us get ‘in the zone’?
  • Time flies when you’re having fun! In what ways has your writing center worked to foster community (and have fun!) at your institution?
  • In what ways can we or should we be challenging social, cultural, or linguistic traditions in the Writing Center?
  • How do you prioritize inclusive practices such as Universal Design for Learning Principles in your work?
  • What Innovative programming have you undertaken by seizing an opportunity or collaborating with campus and community partners?
  • Writing Centers are constantly adapting to the needs of their campus community. How do you remain flexible as tutors, faculty, or administrators year to year?

Presentation Types

We welcome a range of presentation types, including roundtable conversations, individual or group presentations, panel presentations, posters, participatory workshops, or other presentation forms. Because we do not privilege Standard Written English, we recognize, honor, and value multiple Englishes in proposals. Proposals from people whose voices have historically been left out of academic spaces and conversations are especially welcome. See below for descriptions of each presentation type.

  1. Lightning Talk (10 minutes): A brief, dynamic presentation lasting no more than 10 minutes, delivering concise insights or ideas on a specific topic.
  2. Roundtable Conversation (30 minutes): A moderated, interactive discussion with experts and attendees, fostering open dialogue on a focused subject.
  3. Individual or Group Presentation (30 minutes): A traditional format where speakers share research findings, projects, or concepts to an audience, individually or collaboratively.
  4. Panel Presentation (30 - 60 minutes): Multiple presenters discuss a central theme or issue, offering diverse perspectives and insights, followed by Q&A with the audience.
  5. Poster: Visual displays summarizing research or projects, providing an opportunity for one-on-one discussions between presenters and attendees.
  6. Participatory Workshop (30 - 60 minutes): An interactive session encouraging hands-on learning, collaboration, and problem-solving.
  7. Other (30 minutes): This category allows for unconventional or unique session formats. 

Submit a Proposal

To submit a proposal abstract, click this link and scroll to the bottom of the page. All proposals should be submitted using Wright State University's online web form.

Proposal Deadlines

The deadline for proposal abstracts (250 words) is January 12, 2024. Click here for more information on creating a proposal. For questions or concerns, reach out to Jill Tussing, Wright State University, jill.tussing@wright.edu or Eugene Oswald, Sinclair Community College, eugene.oswald@sinclair.edu

Timeline

  • All proposals should be submitted electronically by 11:59 PM on January 12, 2024 (this deadline was extended from December 18, 2023)
  • Conference early-bird registration ends January 15
  • Notification of acceptance by late January
  • Travel grant applications are due January 24
  • Regular registration ends February 14
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