Proceedings of the Computers and Writing Annual Conference, 2016 & 2017

Computers & Writing 2016 was hosted by St. John Fisher College in Rochester, NY from Thursday, May 19th - Sunday, May 22nd.  The theme for the conference was Crossing Wires: Reaching Across Campus, Between Disciplines, and Into Communities. Computers & Writing 2017 was hosted by the University of Findlay from June 1st-4th. The theme for the conference was Techne: Creating Spaces of Wonder

The theme for the 2016 Computers & Writing conference, Crossing Wires: Reaching Across Campus, Between Disciplines, and Into Communities, asked conference participants to consider the ways in which new media and digital technologies enable us to expand our horizons, both in terms of our scholarship and our pedagogy. The theme for the 2017 Computers & Writing conference, Techne: Creating Spaces of Wonder, asked conference participants to draw on the multiple conceptualizations and articulations of techne through exploration of practices that inform craft, art, and disciplinary trends - both in pedagogy and scholarship. In particular, the conference hosts invited proposals that emphasized the interplay of multimodal spaces (physical and digital) and how composing in these environments creates opportunities for wondering (potential, curiosity, and reflection) and wonder (awe, interest, and marvel). Participants were also encouraged to consider ways that physical and digital multimodality might limit or misappropriate the role of wonder(ing) in composing.


The Proceedings

Edited by Cheryl E. Ball, Chen Chen, Kristopher Purzycki, and Lydia Wilkes
Copyedited by Lydia Welker. Cover designed by Kristopher Purzycki.

The first edited proceedings of the annual Computers & Writing Conference includes presentations from the 2016 and 2017 annual conference, including an edited transcript of the 2016 opening town hall, an audio recording of that session, and nearly two-dozen articles based on sessions at the two conferences.

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Town Hall: Recovering C&W Pasts for the Future, Kristine Blair, Cynthia L. Selfe, Gail Hawisher, Mike Palmquist, Janice Walker, Will Hochman, Daniel Anderson, Michael Day, Kathleen Yancey, Traci Gardner, Joe Moxley, Nick Carbone, and Dickie Selfe, with Cheryl Ball

Town Hall: Audio Recording

Into the Digital Sandbox: Procedural Rhetoric and Co-Authorship, Brett Keegan

A Brief History of Crowdsourced Digital Publishing at, Amelia Chesley

The Sweetland Digital Rhetoric Collaborative as an Instructional Tool: Cross-Community Connections and Collaborations, Merideth Garcia, Brandy Dieterle, Jenae Cohn, and Paula Miller

The Unboxing of Techné: Thinking Outside the Algorithms, Marcia Bost and Xiaobo Wang

A New Window: Transparent Immediacy and the Online Writing Center, Anna Worm

Criticism or Community? Breaking the Binary Thinking in Online Writing Classes, Kara Mae Brown

Crossing Wires with Google Apps: Jumpstarting Collaborative Composing, Daniel L. Hocutt and Maury Elizabeth Brown

Between Fear and Astonishment: The Rhetorics of Wearable Technology, Jason Tham

Creating Space: Building Digital Games, Wendi Sierra

Building Good Robots: A Case in Successful Open Source Learning Management, Tom Ballard, Derek Hanson, Bryan Lutz, and Lauren Malone

Control Panels, Numerous Screens, and Wheeled Chairs: An Examination of the TEAL Classrooms in the University of Kentucky's Jacobs Science Building, Kathryn McClain

Keeping Wonder In Check: Balancing the *How* of Digital Tools with the *Why* When Designing Technology-Heavy Writing Courses, Dawn Opel and Mike McLeod

#MyNYPD Nodes and Networks: Mobilization and Engagement, Tracey Hayes

The Same Old Racist Stuff: White Fragility, Rhetorical Listening, and Affect in Online Writing Instruction, Lydia Wilkes

Digital Storytelling in the Age of Social Media: Reflections on Definitions, Curation and Access, Sarah Warren-Riley

From Slut Shaming to Cultural Commentary: What Live Tweeting Practices of Viewers of ABC's The Bachelorette Reveal about Gender Policing and Digital Activism on Twitter, Melissa Ames

From Selfies to Celebrities: #FeministsAreUgly as Cultural Critique or Cultural Confusion? Kristi McDuffie

After a Decade of Social Media: The Landscape of Social Media in Writing Instruction Today, Stephanie Vie

Feeding the Troll: Online Hate Speech as Communal Act, Matthew Overstreet

Gendered Gaming: Online Fandom Roleplay and Female Gamers, Jennifer Justice

The Role of Belief in the Material Techniques of Invention, Jacob Craig

Digital Research Methods: Databases, Ethics, Enactments, Histories, and Processes, Megan McIntyre, Rik Hunter, Kerry Banazek, and Kelsey Cameron

Beyond Resistance: Plagiarism Detection Services and the Laboring Body, Jordan Canzonetta

About the Proceedings

Publication Information: Ball, Cheryl E., Chen Chen, Kristopher Purzycki, and Lydia Wilkes (2018). The Proceedings of the Annual Computers and Writing Conference: Volume 1, 2016-2017. Fort Collins, Colorado: The WAC Clearinghouse. Available at

Publication Date: April 10, 2018.

ISBN: 978-1-64215-010-0 (PDF)
DOI: Pending
ISSN: 2643-7376

Contact Information:
Cheryl E. Ball:
Chen Chen:
Kristopher Purzycki:
Lydia Wilkes:
Lydia Welker:

Series Editors

Cheryl E. Ball
Chen Chen
Kristopher Purzycki
Lydia Wilkes

Advisory Board

Douglas Eyman
Stephanie Vie
Jennifer deWinter

Technical Editors

Daniel Anderson
Ashley Hall
Jennifer Ware

Associate Editor

Lydia Welker

Assistant Editors

Emma DiPasquale
Demi Fuentes Ramirez
Natalie Homer
Ryan Kalis
Marjorie McAtee
Lauren Milici
Brionna Minney
Heather Myers
Kasey Osborne
Abigail Palbus
Neetya Pandey
Kat Saunders
Taylor Staffileno

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