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The Promises and Perils of Higher Education: Our Discipline’s Commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Linguistic Justice

2022 CCCC Annual Convention
March 9–12, 2022

Program Chair: Staci M. Perryman-Clark, Western Michigan University


Why are you here?

“Why are you here” was the name of the first college writing assignment I ever assigned as I began my career as a graduate teaching assistant and writing teacher. As I continue to assign personal narratives in first-year writing, I often think about that first assignment. I think about and remember some of the responses students have submitted over the years, ranging from suicide attempts to coming out to stories of racism and implicit/explicit biases about writing abilities based on broad strokes and simplistic assumptions about race, class, and gender.

Given that it has been a while since we have been able to gather in person, and given that the COVID-19 pandemic has forever changed what it means to gather for a convention and what it means to have a conference for the dissemination of research, scholarship, and the widest range of creative activities, I now ask the question, “Why are we here?”

To answer this question, we have to be honest about what we mean by “here.” The location of “here” suggests a sense of belonging. It suggests access. It suggests invitations: Some people will be invited; some will not. Others will accept the invitation; others will decline. With the suggestion of invitations, I recognize that systems of power and privilege enable certain folks to send the invitations and vet guest lists, determining who is worth inviting and who is not. And even for those worthy enough to make the guest list, not all guests will necessarily appreciate one another’s presence. In 2011, with my ride-or-die colleague Collin Craig, I wrote “Troubling the Boundaries: (De)constructing WPA Identities at the Intersections of Race and Gender,” in which we grappled with our first experience attending the Council of Writing Program Administrators (CWPA) conference. While we were invited to present our work, which ironically focused on the intersections of race and gender in writing program administration, we were perceived as being out of place because very few Black people attended this conference. In short, our invitation and sense of belonging were questioned.

Fast forward to more than a decade later. Despite being an active member of a scholarly community as well as an academic administrator, my sense of belonging continues to be questioned. I could share the many times I’ve been excluded from key meetings with leaders or the microaggressions I experienced just by my mere existence as juxtaposed with leadership and the authority to make decisions. But I won’t. Not here. Instead, I will simply state that as representatives of a discipline, we bear tremendous responsibility for the gatekeeping practices we employ and who we decide to and decide not to invite to our disciplinary conversations. Now is the time for us to hold ourselves accountable for the gate entry and gatekeeping we practice with our students and each other. For if we don’t, not only will our ethical reputation be at stake but we also risk being so exclusive that our relevance becomes extinct and shifting demographics may potentially lead to a decline in the membership we once treasured, protected, and justified the exclusivity of in the spirit of protecting rigor and the academic integrity of writing studies.

Now it’s time to flip the script, and it just so happens that we got da time today.

Consider the invitation our students receive when they apply for admission to the institutions where we teach. Instead of considering the admissions team as the gatekeepers for postsecondary entrance and instead of considering our introductory writing courses as gatekeepers to advanced writing courses, however, let’s position students as the gatekeepers to higher education enrollment. Let’s consider the following facts: (1) There are fewer high school graduates, and the rate of high school graduation continues to decline (Nadworny 2019); (2) postsecondary enrollment has continued to decline since 2011 (Nadworny 2019; Nietzel 2019); (3) in 2017–2018, whites comprised the minority of college enrollment for the first time; and (4) despite the fact that the pool of Black and Latinx 18-year-olds in the US is not shrinking at the same rate as the pool of white 18-year-olds, especially in regions like the Midwest and Northeast, Black enrollment has fallen sharply since 2017 (Miller 2020). Given these sobering statistics, students are now making choices about whether or not they want to enroll in a postsecondary institution, making competition among postsecondary institutions keen with more pressure being put on chief marketing and recruitment/enrollment officers to sell the optimal college experience to prospective students.

Given enrollment challenges, as a discipline that is committed to the teaching of postsecondary instruction, we can no longer be exclusive about what writing belongs and which writings belong in our classrooms. In making this claim, I acknowledge the 2020 Annual Convention call proposed by Holly Hassel that asked us to consider access and its relationship to what we do as writing teachers; however, I would like to think more about the relationship between access, enrollment, and relevance. As a discipline, how do we remain relevant? How do we use the work that we have done with access to make the case for postsecondary enrollment  to prospective students? What does college writing instruction promise to do for students who have the choice to attend/not to attend college? And what are the perils of not making our case?

When we think of inclusive spaces, Julie Lindquist reminded us in her 2020 call that “teaching inclusively is (only) a matter of teaching ‘about’ diversity, rather than a matter of creating storied learning experiences, or making good on the ones students have. That our primary activity is ‘teaching’ rather than creating learning opportunities for students. That ‘learning’ is an experience that entails only gains, and never losses.” Given this, we must think about the promises and perils of what higher education offers by rethinking how we examine “inclusive” spaces, particularly when we think about student access, teaching, and learning—all commonplace themes in higher education discourse. In the spirit of inclusivity, how do we practice diversity in our teaching—I mean, how do we really practice diversity as opposed to simply teaching about it? And how do our practices afford opportunities to both teach and model inclusivity as well as offer spaces to learn from the wide and diverse range of experiences that students bring with them when they enroll in higher education more broadly and in our writing courses more specifically.

It is clear that given the shifting demographics of college students who enroll in higher education, we can no longer think about diversity and inclusion as abstract concepts or as buzzwords strategically placed in writing program descriptions or on university webpages. Nor can we rely only on the language of our CCCC mission statement, particularly its first sentence that marks CCCC as “committed to supporting the agency, power, and potential of diverse communicators inside and outside of postsecondary classrooms” (emphasis added). While eloquently stated, our mission must critically examine the material and physical realities of those whom we invite to our community. While we have always had ethical obligations to consider access and equity in whom we invite to partake in our disciplinary conversations, we no longer have the fortune of relying on language alone to send the message of an organization that purports to be welcoming, inviting, and hence, inclusive. Even if sincere and genuine in our language, there is no guarantee that students will accept our lip service—let alone our invitation to higher education or our discipline.

Therefore, it is time to think beyond diversity by also revisiting what our discipline historically and presently means about equity and inclusion. Beyond the invitation, how do we really know our pedagogical practices are equitable? How do we really know that our disciplinary practices are equitable? As a field, what evidence have we produced up until this point, what evidence do we need to present, and what evidence might we already have concerning areas for equitable improvement? Put simply, given our historical past, present, and future, where do we go from here? How do we make CCCC a more equitable organization, and how do we take our understanding (old and new) of equity to shape enrollment, teaching, and learning in higher education?

As Julie Lindquist also reminded us in her 2020 Annual Convention call, “What is going well, of course, is the strength and resolve of our organization as a countervailing force in national and local conversations about educational access, adult literacy, rhetorical ethics, and cultural and social diversity. We know that our work as members of CCCC has a renewed exigency and a new urgency.” Given this, I second the exigency and urgency to use what we know about diversity and equity in the pursuit of social justice. Social justice, though, is not a term I use lightly. For me, social justice has life or death consequences. For instance, at my home institution, Western Michigan University, an African American student recently died after contracting coronavirus. Even more recently, a former African American student was shot to death by a security guard in a mental health facility. Placed in relation to recent statistics that acknowledge racial inequities associated with healthcare and coronavirus death (Center for Disease Control 2020; Godoy and Wood, 2020) in addition to the many, many examples of unarmed killings of Black and Brown citizens (far too many to list in this space), I submit that as writing teachers and educators we have a deeper responsibility to commit to social justice.

Perhaps one might see the connections from the examples I just shared in relation to higher education enrollment; however, we must also begin and continue to take a more active role as a discipline in our commitment to social justice: It really is a life and death issue. As Asao B. Inoue (2019) reminded us in his coda, “Assessing English So That People Stop Killing Each Other,” labor-based contract grading practices enable us to critique and resist dominant power and discourses. More specifically, in terms of survival, labor-based contract grading allows opportunities to resist white language supremacy, and, in essence, resist white supremacy in the pursuit of social justice because “they create sustainable and liveable [sic] conditions for locally diverse students and teachers to do antiracist, anti-White supremacist, and other social justice language work, conditions that are much harder to have when writing is graded on so-called quality or by some single standard, and when students’ labors are not fully recognized and valued” (p. 306). Anticipating readers’ potential responses that social justice in writing assessment might be an extreme and far-fetched leap from survival, Inoue further proposes that we rethink survival and killing in the following way:

Do standards in English writing classrooms kill people? Hmm. Maybe a better question is this: In a world of police brutality against Black and Brown people in the US, of border walls and regressive and harmful immigration policies, of increasing violence against Muslims, of women losing their rights to the control their own bodies, of overt White supremacy, of mass shootings in schools, of blatant refusals to be compassionate to the hundreds of thousands of refugees around the world, where do we really think this violence, discord, and killing starts? (p. 306)

When reframing the question in the way Inoue suggests, we can understand how those who judge language from a white-supremacist framework are also and often the same folks who make gatekeeping decisions about justice, decisions that have life and death consequences. Even more recently, April Baker-Bell reminds us that peaking mainstream white English has not enabled a single unarmed Black body to be spared from being murdered by police. In fact, as Baker-Bell (2020) tells it,

If y’all actually believe that using “standard English” will dismantle white supremacy, then you not paying attention! If we, as teachers, truly believe that code-switching will dismantle white supremacy, we have a problem. If we honestly believe that code-switching will save Black people’s lives, then we really ain’t paying attention to what’s happening in the world. Eric Garner was choked to death by a police officer while saying “I cannot breathe.” Wouldn’t you consider “I cannot breathe” “standard English” syntax? (p. 5)

Earlier in this call, I suggested that it is time to flip the script, meaning that it is time to consider the ways in which students are the arbiters of their fates and are the ones positioned as decision makers. Inoue’s discussion of labor-based contract grading affords us one of many ways we might flip the script to afford students decision-granting authority over their futures and lives. Baker-Bell’s ethnographic research on how Black students offer “counterstories” that position their voices as central to dismantling “Anti-Black Linguistic Racism” offers us another example of a way in which students flip the script, reclaim their time, and make decisions about the education for which they are willing and/or unwilling to pay. Given these historical moments in time and higher education, we have no choice but to see students as decision makers over their lives and futures. Granting that authority, then, is one of many ways that we can use our roles as higher education educators to pursue social justice.

Therefore, I invite you to consider how you promise to educate students in the pursuit of social justice. What are the perils for not doing so? How might our physical location and space of the conference in the city of Chicago provide us with a unique opportunity to consider diversity, equity, and social justice as essential and foundational to what we do as writing teachers? What specifically can we learn from the demographics of Chicago about social justice that we can bring back to our own local campuses? And how does the city itself become an invitation for writing teachers to consider the implications of our work as connected to the greater work of higher education? As we consider this invitation and our willingness to accept it, given the higher education landscape, we must also ask not only, “Why are we here?” but also, “Given that we are now here, how does higher education survive? How do we as a discipline survive?

Perhaps our survival might take the form of resistance; Malea Powell (2002) has long argued through rhetorics of survivance a survival that “imagines resistance and survival in the face of violent assimilation strategies” (p. 404). As a field, then, we must resist assimilationist tropes of access including the violence imposed on acquiring edited American English as a life skill. Further, we must also understand that our ability to advocate for resistance in pursuit of social justices also rests on our own survival, for if we do not create welcoming spaces for inclusion, our students will resist our invitations. Without students, not only do our institutions not survive, but we also risk survival as a field.

But, really, it ain’t enough for us to just survive. As much as I am interested in survival, I am also interested in establishing a high quality of life. Put simply, I want us to thrive! I want us to innovate. Vershawn Ashanti Young’s 2019 CCCC CFP identifies our field as a living body by asking us what might happen if we “think of rhetoric and composition as live, as embodied actions, as behaviors, yes, as performances inside of one pod—our discipline—that lead to the creation of texts, to presentations, that invite mo performances and certainly mo co-performances.” Echoing Young, I ask us to think of our work as a living entity that impacts and shapes the future of education for students across a wide range of institutional contexts. And I want us to create hope and promise for how our work impacts higher education’s future in the most innovative and exciting of ways. I want to us to dream and reimagine what we might become.


Proposals for CCCC 2022

Regardless of role or session type, proposals will be judged based on the following criteria:

  • connects teaching and learning in postsecondary writing to larger issues of higher education enrollment and access;
  • promotes and/or advances diversity, equity, and inclusion, especially for historically oppressed populations, in pursuit of social and/or linguistic justice;
  • is situated within current and relevant scholarship or research in the field;
  • reflects an awareness of audience needs relevant to the topic; and
  • demonstrates a clear and specific plan that aligns with the criteria for the selected session type.

In essence, I want an institution, an organization, and a convention that is all the way live, an “event that is extremely lively, exciting, dynamic. Also live” (Smitherman, 2006, p. 21).

As you consider this call, I leave you with a final word from my academic mother, Geneva Smitherman, a word that builds on past wisdom of our elders as we reimagine the future: “As I have learned from the elders and sacrifices of many thousands gone, the role of the linguist—indeed the role of all scholars and intellectuals—is not just to understand the world, but to change it” (p. 145).

I very much look forward to gathering with you all together in person in Chicago in 2022!

Staci M. Perryman-Clark
2022 Program Chair


Program Clusters


1. Pedagogy (#Pedagogy)
2. Basic Writing (#BW)
3. Assessment (#Assess)
4. Rhetoric (#Rhetoric)
5. History (#History)
6. Technology (#Tech)
7. Language (#Language)
8. Professional Technical Writing (#PTW)
9. Writing Program Administration (#WPA)
10. Theory (#Theory)
11. Public, Civic, and Community Writing (#Community)
12. Creative Writing (#Creativewriting)


1. First-Year and Advanced Composition
2. Basic Writing
3. Community, Civic & Public
4. Creative Writing
5. History
6. Information Technologies
7. Institutional and Professional
8. Language
9. Professional and Technical Writing
10. Research
11. Writing Pedagogies and Processes
12. Theory
13. Writing Programs


1. First-Year and Basic Writing
2. Writing Programs and Majors
3. Approaches to Learning and Learners
4. Community, Civic, and Public Contexts of Writing
5. Creative Writing and Publishing
6. History
7. Information Technologies and Digital Cultures
8. Institutions, Labor Issues, and Professional Life
9. Language and Literacy
10. Professional and Technical Writing
11. Research
12. Theory and Culture
13. Inventions, Innovations, and New Inclusions


1. First-Year Writing
2. College Writing Transitions
3. Labor
4. Writing Programs
5. Community, Civic, and Public Contexts of Writing
6. Reading
7. Access
8. Historical Perspectives
9. Creating Writing and Publishing
10. Information Literacy and Technology
11. Language and Literacy
12. Professional and Technical Writing
13. Theory and Research Methodologies


1. First-Year Writing
2. College Writing and Reading
3. Institutions: Labor Issues, Professional Lives, and Survival
4. Writing Programs
5. Community, Civic, and Public Contexts of Writing
6. Approaches to Teaching and Learning
7. Inclusion and Access
8. Histories of Rhetoric
9. Creating Writing and Publishing
10. Information Literacy and Technology
11. Language, Literacy and Culture
12. Professional and Technical Writing
13. Theory and Research Methodologies
14. Antiracism and Social Justice


Works Cited

Baker-Bell, April. Linguistic Justice: Black Language, Literacy, Identity and Pedagogy. Routledge, 2020.

Center for Disease Control. “Health Equity Considerations and Racial and Ethnic Groups.”

Craig, Collin Lamont, and Staci Maree Perryman-Clark. “Troubling the Boundaries: (De)Constructing WPA Identities at the Intersections of Race and Gender.” WPA: Writing Program Administration, vol. 34, no. 2, 2011, pp. 37–58.

Godoy, Maria, and Daniel Wood. “What Do Coronavirus Racial Disparities Look Like State by State?” NPR, 2020,

Inoue, Asao B. Labor-Based Grading Contracts: Building Equity and Inclusion in the Compassionate Writing Classroom. WAC Clearinghouse, 2019.

Miller, Ben. “It’s Time to Worry About College Enrollment Declines Among Black Students.” Center for American Progress, 2020,

Nadworny, Lisa. “Fewer Students Are Going to College. Here’s Why That Matters.” NPR, 2019,

Nietzel, Michael. “College Enrollment Declines Again. It’s Down More Than Two Million Students in This Decade.” Forbes, 2019,

Powell, Malea. “Rhetorics of Survivance: How American Indians Use Writing.” College Composition and Communication, vol. 53, no. 3, Feb. 2002, 396–434.

Smitherman, Geneva. Word from the Mother: Language and African Americans. Routledge, 2006.

CCCC Annual Convention Workshops

The CCCC 2023 Workshops below will be held on Wednesday, February 15, and Saturday, February 18, 2023, at the following times:

Wednesday, February 15:

  • All-Day Workshops: 9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. ($40)
  • Morning Workshops: 9:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m. ($20)
  • Afternoon Workshops: 1:30–5:00 p.m. ($20)

Saturday, February 18:

  • Afternoon Workshops: 2:00-5:00 p.m. ($0)

You can add any of these workshops to your CCCC 2023 during the registration process. Please note that workshops will be in person only.

Wednesday, February 15, 2023

All-Day Workshops, 9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. ($40)

W.01 Troubling “Presence”: (Re)Making, Thinking, Doing Coalition
To trouble the concept of coalition—“the barriers, affordances, assumptions, and possibilities”—this full-day workshop centers the concept of presence and doing/making in relation to coalition. Featured speakers, leaders from CCCC Caucuses, makers, and participants will critically reflect on how presence acts as a prism for understanding difference with an emphasis on transmemoration and emotion.

W.02 Mining Ubuntu: Reconstituting Community to Foster Healing & Growth in Veterans Studies Ten Years On
Join us as we (re)assemble/renew connections, welcome scholars of all levels, and seek to support the success of the 3 million+ military affiliated students now enrolled in higher education. This workshop, via a new scholars panel, an international keynote message, and focused discussions, examines the intersections of veterans studies, composition, pedagogical innovations, and best practices.

W.03 Sharing Space as Professionals and Colleagues: Making Zines for Ethical Engagement at CCCC
In intercultural spaces, coexisting in ethical ways means engaging in self-reflective and proactive labor to share space thoughtfully and be in community with people like and not like you. In this zine-making workshop, we will share strategies for navigating professional spaces and develop guidelines for ethical engagement at Cs through creating zines to share with the larger Cs community.

W.04 Community-Centered Approaches to Accessible Pedagogy: Teachers and Learners Come Together to Design an Inclusive Classroom
This workshop focuses on ways to integrate accessibility in composition and TPC courses using participatory design principles. Organized in three modules, participants will explore working with LMS restrictions and options; integrating student-generated accessible writing in curriculum; and conducting reflexive accessibility evaluation. Additionally, participants will leave with a digital drive.

W.05 “With Our Hearts in Our Hands and Our Hands in the Soil”: Food Justice and Community Writing in Theory and Practice
This workshop proposes food justice as a focus for community writing projects that enact hope via material and culture work. After an overview of food justice scholarship, facilitators will describe several diverse community-engaged writing projects. Then, participants will work with facilitators to develop and refine projects that support food justice in their own communities.

W.06 Doing Hope through International Writing Research
Through a full-day series of discussions, 16 international colleagues and workshop registrants meet to engage in the discipline of writing research and development within an inclusive international framework. Participants choose among each others’ texts to read in advance and to discuss in small groups during the workshop, enabling deep, sustained international exchange.

Morning Workshops, 9:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m. ($20)

MW.01 Listening to Enhance Soundwriting
Join us in an experience of listening to enrich how we understand, create, and teach sonic texts. We’ll leave the Convention Center to listen to Chicago’s soundscapes and later immerse ourselves in the crafted sounds of a podcast episode. You’ll gain insight into the power of listening and leave the workshop with ideas about how listening can help you and your students become stronger soundwriters.

MW.02 Purposeful Practices of Hope: Critical Emotional Studies and Writing Instruction
Calls for affective practices inspiring and enacting hope are vital as we negotiate agency, social justice, and well-being in a world shaped by neoliberal values and imbued with racism and sexism. In a series of interactive mini-workshops, teacher/scholars draw on peace, empathy, leadership, and Buddhist studies to share strategies that foster hope, equity, and well-being in the academy and beyond.

MW.03 Using Place to Enhance Writing Pedagogy
This workshop explores ways that place connects college student writing to lived experiences and complex social environments. Building from the case of Appalachia, it offers opportunities for participants from any geographical background to consider how they can help students write to intervene in spatial identity making.

MW.04 Hope, Rethreaded: Strengthening Prison-based Literacies through Community Partnership
Sponsored by the Prison Literacies and Pedagogy SIG, the workshop hosts a panel discussion from Chicago literacy and prisoner reentry groups, then convenes breakout groups for sharing teaching resources, strategies for collaboration across disciplines and professions, and space to examine both relationality and terms of access.

MW.05 Council on Basic Writing
The Council on Basic Writing offers an annual morning workshop for teachers and scholars of Basic Writing. This year, CBW will be revisiting the politics of assessment by examining the history, theory, and practices of ungrading in the “post-pandemic” college/university. Workshop participants will work with facilitators to design their own grading contracts for Basic Writing.

MW.06 Doing Hope for Native Americans in the Academy: Recruiting and Retaining Indigenous Students and Faculty
This workshop surveys the history of Native education; shares first-hand stories and advice about Native faculty and student retention and recruitment; helps participants map their relationship to Indian Country on their home campus; provides hands-on learning and strategies for incorporating Indigenous best practices; and models effective and appropriate recruitment and interviewing practices.

MW.07 Archiving for Life: Anticipating Histories to Preserve the Past and Craft Hopeful Futures
This workshop engages the diverse, intergenerational nature of archiving in rhetoric/composition, inviting participants to try various archival roles. How do we identify artifacts as “meaningful” and sources that can “tell” histories from multiple perspectives? How can we collaborate to co-create richer panhistorigraphic pasts, presents, and futures for all writing teachers, scholars, and WPAs?

MW.08 Never Enough Time: Staying Current by Indexing for CompPile
The official CompPile workshop guides participants through indexing and other strategies for diversifying and sustaining CompPile. Participants learn how to use CompPile as a resource, how to index, and help us at CompPile to build a more sustainable and diverse open-access database for composition and rhetoric scholarship.

MW.09 Developing Hopeful and Labor-Conscious Strategic Plans for the Writing Center
Three writing center directors from different types of institutions first share models for developing strategic plans for writing centers that account for everyday, disciplinary, and emotional labor (Caswell et al., 2016). Facilitators will then provide space and support for participants to create, revise, or strengthen their own hopeful and labor-conscious strategic plans.

Afternoon Workshops, 1:30–5:00 p.m. ($20)

AW.01 Hybrid Teaching and Learning: Workshop Sponsored by the Online Writing Instruction Standing Group
This workshop focuses on hybrid learning with emphasis on course design, professional development, and cultivating institutional support.

AW.02 Practicing Hope through Relational Listening as Professors and Administrators
This workshop aims to provide space for thinking about and practicing hope in the form of developing listening practice as professors and administrators. We will invite participants to consider the many ways we can enact more effective cross-cultural listening in our teaching, administrative, research, and service work.

AW.03 Where Do We Go Now? Doing Hope, Healing, and Recovery through Writing Assessment Designs
Punitive assessments damage students’ and teachers’ attachments to learning. This reflective, hands-on workshop presents social justice and ethics of care frameworks for writing assessment, and participants will leave with an expanded inventory of possibilities and critical questions for assessment designs for their local contexts that focus on hope, social justice, healing, and recovery.

AW.04 Demystifying the Dissertation: A Critical Conversation with Graduate Students and Advisors
We invite graduate students and advisors across institutions to critically examine the dissertation genre as an access point into the field. This workshop demystifies the dissertation genre by asking participants to collaboratively map its tensions across stakeholders; analyze a variety of examples; and negotiate possible innovations for current dissertation projects (as writers or advisors).

AW.05 Next Gen Reimagining Leadership Workshop: Institutional Change through Teaching, Administration, and Professionalism
Considering the ongoing impact of the pandemic, participants (graduate students and early career faculty) and facilitators will reflect on our own values and goals as leaders in our current and future positions, make sense of the major professional challenges we are facing, strategize responses to those challenges, and reimagine just and equitable futures in our contexts.

AW.06 The Labor of ePortfolios: Demanding Equitable and Ethical Practices
The Association for Authentic, Experiential, and Evidence-Based Learning (AAEEBL)’s Digital Ethics and ePortfolios Task Force developed ten principles promoting ethical ePortfolio practices. In this workshop, facilitators invite participants to use the principles as a heuristic for demanding institutional action and support for ethical labor practices and relationships in ePortfolio practice.

AW.07 Instilling Hope, Empathy, and Self-Love: Compassionate Pedagogy for First-Year Composition, Literature, and STEM Writing Classrooms
Participants will engage in activities aimed at promoting compassionate pedagogy in the literature, first-year composition, as well as STEM writing classrooms. They will acquire classroom activities, lessons, and an understanding of how they can modify their current classroom practices and syllabi to promote a more compassionate pedagogy that is inclusive and affirming for their students.

AW.11 Working with Undergraduate Researchers: Developing Inclusive Projects and Mentoring
A working session sponsored by the Undergraduate Research Standing Group in which participants will collaborate with each other and facilitators to move from goals to action plans for taking next steps in mentoring undergrad researchers. We are especially interested in working with new, aspirational, or less experienced mentors, and will tailor the workshop to participants’ specific project goals.

Saturday, February 18, 2023

Afternoon Workshops, 2:00–5:00 p.m. ($0)

SW.01 Building Student Resilience in Writing Courses
This interactive workshop offers participants the opportunity to learn from faculty and student presenters as we discuss, share, and reflect on activities and strategies that cultivate resilience through teaching practices and course design in writing courses.

SW.02 Circulating Stories: A Workswap and Ideas Exchange
An opportunity for conferencegoers to exchange stories and related expertise, to acknowledge and celebrate storywork as a vital activity and sustaining means of expression within our field. We invite colleagues with diverse relationships and approaches to storying to come together, to recognize the many experiences, traditions, histories, methodologies, and approaches to story.

SW.04 Community Writing Mentorship Workshop
Sponsored by the Coalition for Community Writing, this workshop offers mentoring and feedback to attendees at any level of experience with community-based writing research, scholarship, organizing, and teaching. Led by a diverse group of prominent scholars with deep experience with community projects and who have published books and articles in community writing or are journal editors, themselves.

SW.05 Handcrafted Rhetorics: DIY and the Public Power of Made Things
This workshop brings attendees into a local makerspace to learn about making, Chicago’s DIY history, and do some making of our own. See for location information and details.

SW.06 Text, Power, Telling: A Writing Workshop for Sexual Trauma Survivors
This workshop is for people who have experienced sexual trauma. Sexual harm takes many forms and occurs across identities, communities, and contexts; this workshop is inclusive. This workshop will first provide survivors with an overview of writing about sexual trauma in community-based, collaborative, non-evaluative environments; the second and longer portion will be the delivery of “Text Power Telling,” a writing workshop for sexual trauma survivors designed by the workshop facilitators (both survivors). For more information, email Jess Restaino ( or Jackie Regan (

SW.07 Secrets of the Creative Writing Scholar: Fiction, Nonfiction, and Poetry as Theoretical Methods
Led by a trio of award-winning fiction and nonfiction writers, filmmakers, and journal editors, this workshop makes an argument for creative writing as an integral part of the history and present of our field. It offers three complementary hands-on experiences for incorporating creative writing into scholarship and incorporating scholarship into creative writing.

SW.08 Writing Creative Nonfiction: A Day of Writing and Ideas for Teaching
Sponsored by the Creative Nonfiction Standing Group, this workshop invites participants to a day writing creative nonfiction and exploring teaching ideas. Participants choose among prompts provided by CNF writers and teachers, do short writings, and share parts of work in progress. Two structured group conversations address opportunities for teaching CNF.

SW.09 Dual Enrollment Composition: Building Our Story
With a theme of “Building Our Story,” this workshop includes conversations and activities that serve as the foundation for a) examining the story of DE FYW; b) engaging participants in building the DE community within the CCCC organization; and c) providing just-in-time solutions to current challenges faced by DE composition instructors and administrators.

SW.10 Designing Access Guides: Enacting Transformative Access
This workshop will offer an introduction to access guides as an inclusive practice. Participants will learn intersectional frameworks for imagining access guides in a variety of spaces, including conferences, classrooms, and other workplaces. Activities will engage participants in brainstorming contexts for their guides, planning their docs, and learning accessible document design techniques.

SW.12 Even Job Seekers (Re)Invent the University: Understanding Teaching-Intensive Positions and Institutions as Hopeful Career Pathways
The workshop will involve analyzing job ads; workshopping attendees’ materials; preparing for interviews; and preparing for teaching demonstrations. The workshop presenters hold teaching faculty positions and seek to support others who are preparing to apply for teaching jobs at various institutions, including community colleges, regional universities, and small liberal arts colleges.

SW.13 Supporting Multilingual Writers in Diverse Literacy Spaces for Hope
This workshop shares concrete pedagogical and programmatic strategies and practices with an orientation toward advocacy in diverse literacy spaces. Following an opening session chaired by the Second Language Writing Standing Group officers, leading scholars from multiple institutions will share their expertise and facilitate roundtable discussions.

SW.15 Playing for Hope: Interactive Narratives in the Classroom
This is a hands-on, half-day workshop introducing Twine, a tool for creating branching narratives, games, and other types of interactive writing. Aimed at those interested in incorporating interactive writing into their classes and requiring little experience with Twine or coding, participants will learn the Twine programming structure and ideas for how to implement it in their classrooms.

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