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Creative Connectivity: Thinking, Writing and the Translation of Information to Understanding

Location: Quinnipiac Univeristy, Hamden, CT USA
Date: November 18, 2016 to November 19, 2016
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Contact: Paul Pasquaretta at Paul.Pasquaretta@Quinnipiac.Edu
Featuring the Keynote Address

The Meaningful Writing Project: A Site of Creative Connectivity
Michele Eodice, University of Oklahoma
Neal Lerner, Northeastern University
Anne Ellen Geller, St. John's University

The three co-directors of The Meaningful Writing Project were the recipients of the Best Poster Award at the 2015 Conference on College Composition and Communication. Their research was supported by a 2010-2011 CCCC Research Initiative Grant. Their book, The Meaningful Writing Project: Learning, Teaching, and Writing in Higher Education will be published by Utah State University Press in 2017.

Conference Rates:

· Full-Time Faculty: Full conference, $300; Saturday only, $150

· Part-Time Faculty: Full conference, $150; Saturday only, $75

· Graduate Students: Full conference, $100; Saturday only, $50

Register online:


Friday Evening Conversation: Following protocols developed for the Meaningful Writing Project, QUWAC will facilitate live interviews with Quinnipiac students and faculty who have agreed to share their experiences with writing. The students are majors in biology, education, and engineerng; their complementary faculty members teach biology, education, and first year writing. 

Consultations: The keynote speakers will be available during the concurrent sessions to meet with individuals and groups interested in discussing the challenges faced by their programs. To make an appointment, contact the Research and Writing Institute Director: Paul.Pasquaretta@Quinnipiac.Edu

Accommodations: Rooms are available at the Clarion Inn and Suites on Whitney Avenue in Hamden for a conference rate of $104 plus tax/night. Frequent and free shuttle service will be provided from the hotel, which is three miles from Quinnipiac's Mount Carmel campus. For reservations, call 203-288-3831. Reservation may also be made online:

We are near Bradley International Airport (1hr) and Tweed New Haven Airport (20 minutes). International travelers arriving at Kennedy Airport should expect at least a two hour commute to the campus. We may also be reached via Amtrak, Metro-North Railroad, and Shore Line East Railroad, which provide service to Union Station, New Haven.

Connecticut Limousine provides ground transportation from Bradley to Union Station in New Haven. The cost for a shared ride is about $47 one way/$94 round trip:

Metro Taxi provides service from Union Station to the hotel or conference. Expect to pay about $36 for a 18 minute ride:

Our Theme: Connectivity in its diverse and expanding forms – technological, institutional, global, social, neurobiological, linguistic, and textual - has a profound effect on the way we process, comprehend and apply what we learn. The exponential growth and complexity of knowledge, along with our virtually unlimited access to it, have enhanced the need to make meaningful connections between what we know and what we seek to understand. In an educational environment that is increasingly dependent on the ability to forge connections, how are meaningful connections made? By whom and for whom are they made? How is the need for creative connectivity evidenced in the classroom? What role does connectivity play in the achievement of learning outcomes? 

Creative Connectivity, is intended to explore the many ways that writing, as a critical and reflective practice, can be used to support the creation of deep and meaningful connections within and across the range of experiences that contribute to learning: first-year writing, disciplinary seminars, general education requirements, major and minor programs of study, professional internships, and co-curricular activities. We welcome presentations that explore pedagogical approaches to integrating writing in ways that 
  • articulate and witness commonalities and differences across a range of learning experiences
  • facilitate the application of language to thought, and thought to language
  • deepen understanding by observing synergies and distinctions among related course concepts
  • foster inquiry and reflection in ways that broaden knowledge and the opportunity to establish linkages across disciplinary divides
  • integrate co-curricular and curricular experiences
  • create new opportunities for faculty-to-faculty, student-to-faculty, and student to-student dialogue
  • identify and foster connections between student experiences, assignments, and outcomes
  • recognize and appreciate disciplinary distinctions; collaborate across disciplines, and create new modes of inquiry
  • connect thinking across a range of academic cultures and social media
  • bridge academic and professional identities 

What is the Meaningful Writing Project?

The intent of the Meaningful Writing Project is to understand how students across three very different institutions--a private, urban Catholic university (undergraduate enrollment: 14,000); a private, urban university known for experien- tial learning (undergraduate enrollment: 15,600); and a public R1 institution (undergraduate enrollment: 20,000)--make meaning from their writing.

We found that meaningful writing projects offer students opportunities for agency; for engagement with instructors, peers, and materials; and for learning that connects to pre- vious experiences and passions and to future aspirations and identities. Students described the power of personal connection, the thrill of immersion in thought, writing and research, and the satisfaction of knowing the work they produced could be applicable, relevant, and real world. Faculty who taught courses in which meaningful writing took place often deliberately build these qualities into their teaching and curriculum, expressing their goals and values for writing through specific practices.

The Researchers:

Michele Eodice is the Associate Provost for Academic Engagement and director of the OU Writing Center at the University of Oklahoma. Michele’s current research explores creative knowing in engineering and doctoral student writing experiences. Among her publications, two books are the products of important collaborations: (First Person)2 : A Study of Co-Authoring in the Academy (2001), written with Kami Day, and The Everyday W riting Center: A Community of Practice (2007), written with Anne Ellen Geller, Frankie Condon, Meg Carroll, and Elizabeth H. Boquet. In 2013 she published W orking with Faculty W riters with Anne Ellen Geller as co-editor.

At St. John’s University in Queens, New York, Anne Ellen Geller is Associate Professor of English and Director of Writing Across the Curriculum, which was awarded a 2013 Conference on College Composition and Communication (CCCC) Writing Program Certificate of Excellence. She teaches undergraduate and graduate English courses, directs a writing fellows program and works with faculty across the disciplines. Anne’s research and published writing, twice recognized with the International Writing Centers Association Outstanding Scholarship Award, focuses on writing cen- ters, writing across the curriculum, support for faculty and student writers, co-authorship, and National Endowment for the Humanities funding of writing programs.

Neal Lerner is Associate Professor of English and Director of the Writing Program at Northeastern University in Boston, MA, which was a 2014 recipient of the Conference on College Composition and Communication (CCCC) Writing Program Certificate of Excellence. He has published on the history, theory, administration, and practice of teaching writing in classrooms, laboratories, and writing centers, and is a five-time IWCA Outstanding Scholarship Award recipient. His book The Idea of a W riting Laboratory won the 2011 NCTE David H. Russell Award, and he is also co-author of Learning to Communicate as a Scientist and Engineer: Case Studies from MIT, winner of the 2012 CCCC Advancement of Knowledge Award, and co-author of The Longman Guide to Peer Tutoring, 2nd ed.


Writing Research Across Borders IV

Location: Bogota, Colombia
Date: February 15, 2017 to February 18, 2017

Writing Research Across Borders (WRAB) IV

International Society for the Advancement of Writing Research - ISAWR invites you to the Fourth World Conference on Writing Research 

15th - 18th February, 2017

Bogotá, Colombia, Pontificia Universidad Javeriana


Call for proposals Proposal Deadline 1st April, 2016

The International Society for the Advancement of Writing Research (ISAWR) is composed of researchers from all over the world interested in writing across all education levels. 

ISAWR's Writing Research Across Borders conference is currently the most important global research meeting on writing research and is aimed at discussing topics related with writing and knowledge production across different levels of education. In seven years, the WRAB Conference has promoted the exchange of approaches, the regular updating and the creation of networks to carry out research and international projects. In order to share experiences and research on reading and writing from all over the world, more fully with the work in Latin America and the Caribbean, the next Conference will be held in Bogotá, Colombia, February 2017. 

Previous WRAB conferences were: Writing Research Across Borders (2008) – University of California, Santa Barbara, California, USA Writing Research Across Borders II (2011) - George Mason University, de Fairfax, Northern Virginia, USA Writing Research Across Borders III (2014) - Université Paris-Ouest Nanterre La Défense, Paris, France 

The Conference Organizers invite proposals for presentations, symposia, round tables, and posters from all perspectives and methods, as well as directed to all levels of writing development.


Deadline for submission of proposals: April 1, 2016

Proposal acceptance notices sent: June 2016

Proposers must accept the invitation and register for the conference in order to appear on the program: of October 31, 2016.