Proceedings of the Computers and Writing Annual Conference, 2018

Computers & Writing 2018 was hosted by George Mason University from Thursday, May 24th - Sunday, May 27th, 2018.  The theme for the conference was Digital Phronesis: Culture/Code/Play. Often described as “practical wisdom,” phronesis represents an enactment of good judgment guided by both learned knowledge and lived experience. Phronesis comes from our histories, our education, and reflections on our experiences. The call for proposals encouraged a focus on intersections of formal learning and embodied experience.


The Proceedings

Edited by Chen Chen, Kristopher Purzycki, and Lydia Wilkes
Copy edited by Chen Chen, Kristopher Purzycki, and Lydia Wilkes. Designed by Mike Palmquist.

The second edited proceedings of the annual Computers & Writing Conference includes presentations from the 2018 annual conference and more than a dozen articles based on sessions at the conference.

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The Impetus for Making Digital Writing a University Wide GE Requirement: The Process and Outcome, Santosh Khadka

Simulating Facebook's Newsfeed for Writing Pedagogy, Daniel Libertz

The Natural Accommodation of Interactive Fiction: How Text-Based Games Remove Barriers to Participation, Christopher Scott Wyatt

Social Annotation and Layered Readings in Composition, Michelle L. Sprouse

PhronesisMU: Reclaiming Aesthetic and Rhetorical Potentials within the Software Obsolete, Geoffrey Gimse and Kristopher Purzycki

Place as Interface, Sensory-Data, and Phronesis, Mai Nou Xiong-Gum

Representing Diversity in Digital Research: Digital Feminist Ethics and Resisting Dominant Normatives, Sweta Baniya, Les Hutchinson, Ashanka Kumari, Kyle Larson, and Chris Lindgren

LinkedIn as a Phronetic Approach to Digital Literacy, Theresa M. Evans

Ways to Combat Fake Content Using Multi-literacies in Technical Communication Classrooms, Nupoor Ranade

Possibility and Play: Ludonarratology as Liberating Praxis, Morgan Read-Davidson

Virtual Dust on a Bookshelf: Abandoned Wikibooks by and for Writing Students, Christopher Scott Wyatt

Experiments in Transductive Writing and Rhetoric with the Kinect, Matthew Halm and Steven Smith

Meaning-Making and Randomization in E-Poetry Machines, Amanda Hill and Laura Okkema

Interweave: The Virtual Places of Rural Space, Krystin Gollihue

About the Proceedings

Publication Information: Chen, Chen, Kristopher Purzycki, and Lydia Wilkes (Eds.). (2019). The Proceedings of the Annual Computers and Writing Conference, 2018. Fort Collins, Colorado: The WAC Clearinghouse. Available at

Publication Date: April 27, 2019.

ISBN: 978-1-64215-025-4 (PDF) | 978-1-64215-026-1 (ePub)
DOI: Pending
ISSN: 2643-7376

About the Editors

Chen Chen is Assistant Professor of English at Winthrop University in Rock Hill, SC, where she teaches first-year writing and professional and technical communication courses. She received her Ph.D. in Communication, Rhetoric, and Digital Media from North Carolina State University. She studies how graduate students professionalize into the field of rhetoric and composition across different disciplinary spaces. She also researches technical and professional communication pedagogies and curriculum design. Her other research interests are writing across the curriculum, digital rhetoric, and social media.

Kristopher Purzycki is a dissertator at the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee, focusing on digital media studies and playful writing pedagogies. His research interests include communication design, media philosophy, and play as a form of critical intervention. His dissertation considers the player’s sense of place within computer game experience as a phenomenon that displays a capacity for meaning-making. He serves as Associate Chair of the Council for Play and Game Studies, founding editor of OneShot: A Journal of Critical Games and Play, and co-editor of The Pokémon Go Phenomenon (McFarland 2019).

Lydia Wilkes is Assistant Professor of English and Director of Composition at Idaho State University where she teaches courses in online writing instruction, composition pedagogy, digital rhetoric, and professional and technical communication. She researches paradoxes of rhetoric and war, military veterans in higher education, rhetorics of guns and gun violence, and sustainable writing program administration. She has published in Composition Forum, the Journal of Veterans Studies, and various conference proceedings.

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Series Editors

Cheryl E. Ball
Chen Chen
Kristopher Purzycki
Lydia Wilkes

Advisory Board

Douglas Eyman
Stephanie Vie
Jennifer deWinter

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