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Wednesday, March 25, 9:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m.

MW.01 Behind the Scenes of WAC Program Development
Room 101 A (Wisconsin Center)
Sponsored by the WAC Standing Group

This workshop invites participants behind the scenes of multiple WAC programs. It opens with an overview of WAC program development, followed by three 40-minute breakouts focused on different commonplace activities in WAC program administration: development, administration, and initiatives.


MW.02 Mind Mapping across Cultural Rhetorics: Innovating Commonplaces for Intersectional  Knowledge-Making
Room 101 B (Wisconsin Center)

In this workshop, members from the American Indian, Queer, Latinx, Black, Asian/Asian American, and Labor Caucuses, as well as the Standing Group for Disability Studies, come together to explore intersectionality across difference and to discuss how our stories can actively challenge current disciplinary commonplaces by creating expansive stories and methods of inquiry.


MW.03 Let’s Start a Google Doc: Commonplaces, Coauthorship, and Composition Studies
101 C (Wisconsin Center)

This workshop will serve as an opportunity for rethinking how we approach, practice, and advocate for collaborative writing, and it will include several breakout sessions that range in topic from crafting work plans, to teaching collaborative writing, to negotiating institutional policies regarding coauthorship.


MW.04 Why Is It So Hard to Listen to Our Students?: A Workshop on Creating Commonplaces of Co-Centered Learning for Autotelic Practice
101 D (Wisconsin Center)

This workshop re-envisions commonplaces of directional learning by harnessing learners’ dispositions to support “autotelic practice.”


MW.05 Hybrid Teaching and Learning
102 A (Wisconsin Center)
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.


MW.06 CCCC Edits Wikipedia!
102 B (Wisconsin Center)
Sponsored by the CCCC Wikipedia Initiative Task Force

Join the CCCC Wikipedia Initiative (CCCCWI) task force to learn to edit Wikipedia to improve public access to knowledge of key topics in composition and rhetoric.


MW.07 Engaging the Global: Constructing Commonplaces through Translingual/Transmodal Pedagogies in Writing Classrooms
102 C (Wisconsin Center)

This workshop explores innovative translingual frameworks and pedagogies in the context of globalizing writing classrooms, programs, and university structures. Led by a diverse group of international scholars, it offers participants practical activities, assignments, and ideas related to translingual pedagogy, curriculum development, global partnerships, and transnational writing program administration.


MW.08 Commonplaces in Creative Writing and Composition: Reimagining Sites of Craft, Pedagogy, Identity, and Community
102 D (Wisconsin Center)
Sponsored by the Creative Writing Standing Group

This workshop will introduce new and experienced teachers and writers to theories and practices informed by creative writing, creative writing pedagogy, creative writing studies, and our identities as creative writers.


MW.09 Plagiarism as Educational Opportunity: Transforming Commonplace Ideas about Plagiaristic Behaviors
102 E (Wisconsin Center)

This interactive, research-based workshop addresses the complexities of student plagiarism and cultivates improved methods to help students avoid plagiarism and help instructors in responding to instances of student plagiarism.


MW.10 An Uncommon Commonplace: How to Navigate Targeted Harassment against Academics
103 A (Wisconsin Center)

This half-day workshop gives focused attention to the experiences of academics subjected to various forms of institutional and public harassment. Participants will learn to identify common strategies of harassers and harassment campaigns. Participants will also learn how to protect themselves from and develop effective responses to potential attacks.


MW.11 Resources, Practices, and Models for Teaching STEM Writing for Today’s Diverse Publics
103 B (Wisconsin Center)
Sponsored by the Writing and STEM Standing Group

We invite participants to reflect on and reevaluate a set of common practices and assumptions informing the teaching of STEM writing.


MW.12 Where Inside and Outside Meet: Naming Our Commonplaces in Prison-Based Teaching and Research
103 C (Wisconsin Center)
Sponsored by Teaching in Prison: Pedagogy, Research, and Literacies Collective Standing Group

This workshop aims to foster collaboration between teacher-scholars working in prisons and explore how commonplace ideas about emancipatory writing and research shape the practical fictions and ideologies in prison-based writing instruction.


MW.13 Beyond the Classroom: Challenging the Commonplaces of Experiential Learning
103 D (Wisconsin Center)

Experiential learning is a commonplace pedagogy helping students apply academic studies or engage communities beyond the classroom. As universities race to embed this pedagogy, this workshop gathers the best practices. Specifically, we take up equity issues as they relate to students and community partners and address some logistical challenges.


Wednesday, March 25, 1:30–5:00 p.m.

AW.01 Community Writing Mentoring Workshop
Room 101 A (Wisconsin Center)
Sponsored by the Coalition on Community Writing

This is a workshop for anyone thinking about, planning, doing, or evaluating a community-based writing project. This time will allow participants to describe their community-based work and receive mentoring and feedback from senior scholars and practitioners on any aspect of planning, fundraising, community relations, evaluation, getting college support, pedagogy, etc.


AW.02 Disrupting Institutional Commonplaces through L2, Anti-racist, and Translingual Teaching Practices
Room 101 B (Wisconsin Center)
Sponsored by the Second Language Writing Standing Group

This workshop discusses strategies to enact anti-racist, multilingual-, and translingual-oriented perspectives in classrooms, writing centers, professional development workshops, and other administrative work spaces to disrupt dominant monolingualism and advocate for multilingual writers.


AW.03 Breaking Commonplaces: Social Justice Perspectives on Rematerializing Pedagogy and Assessment
Room 101 C (Wisconsin Center)

This workshop engages participants in the rematerialization of writing for socially just means. We intend to disrupt normative knowledge-making processes through critical questionings and hands-on activities that invite participants to envision themselves as part of a coalition of instructors, students, and administrators that work on and against marginalizing institutions.


AW.04 Confessions of a B-Girl: Using the Body to Interrogate Social Constructions of Teacher Identity and Cultivate Critical Authenticity
101 D (Wisconsin Center)

This interdisciplinary movement and storytelling workshop will provide participants with a valuable framework for re-examining how we engage two commonplaces within our profession: our assumptions (an internal commonplace); and our seats (an external commonplace). Examining an internal and external commonplace is important as it mirrors the commonplaces of our students.


AW.05 Open Educational Resources Boot Camp: How to Leverage Interdisciplinary Connections to Create More Affordable, Inclusive Classroom Resources
102 A (Wisconsin Center)

This workshop will expose participants to the step-by-step process a department must go through to transition to open educational resources in the composition classroom while providing room for discussions about and the creation of OER textbooks.


AW.06 Understanding and Dismantling White Language Supremacy as a Common Place in Composition
102 B (Wisconsin Center)
Sponsored by the Language Policy Committee

Our workshop challenges the assumption of the commonplace of inclusion of minoritized students into a system based on White Language and cultural supremacy. We instead ask how can our language, writing, and educational practices interrupt the normalcy of oppression?


AW.08 Engaging Cultural Differences for Global Design
102 D (Wisconsin Center)

This workshop walks participants through design cases to reconsider commonly held design beliefs, routine design practices, and everyday design objects with a lens of cultural differences. It introduces strategies and techniques to create usable, meaningful, and empowering designs to engage cultural differences in a globalized world at a divisive time.


AW.09 Reconsidering Basic Writing in the Changing Landscape
102 E (Wisconsin Center)
Sponsored by the Council on Basic Writing

This workshop explores the changing educational landscape of Basic Writing, including acceleration, placement reforms, state legislation, and more. Interactive panels will invite participants to consider the changing terms of Basic Writing, the impact of dual credit programs, college readiness, and white teachers’ relationship to basic writing and white supremacy.


AW.11 Transformative Leadership
103 B (Wisconsin Center)

Senior scholars who are deans and heads will help participants learn to lead from their strengths and positions using this resource page:


AW.12 Teaching and Learning Access Advocacy: Creating Cultures of Access across Institutional Contexts
103 C (Wisconsin Center)
Sponsored by the Disability Studies Standing Group

We will create intersectional and inclusive cultures of access across areas of professional life and institutional contexts. Participants include those from different disciplines in various roles with a variety of identities and abilities from multiple institutions.


AW.13 Internships as a Commonplace for Learning: Pedagogies, Structures, and Best Practices
103 D (Wisconsin Center)
Sponsored by the Internship SIG

Facilitators from a broad range of institutional contexts will share their unique experiences as internship coordinators and their resources and strategies to support both new and seasoned internships program directors/coordinators as they consider ways to build or enhance an internship program.


Wednesday, March 25, 9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

W.01 Getting to Yes, and Maybe, and No: Feminist Strategies for Negotiating Toward More Equitable Workplaces
103 E (Wisconsin Center)

Using feminist theory and aimed at women and non-dominant groups, this all-day workshop addresses “soft skills” necessary to not just survive in academia but change the status quo. Because practice and familiarity improves ability, participants will spend most of their time practicing new skills through exercises, role-plays, and collaborative proposals.


W.02 Building Coalition across Commonplaces
201 A (Wisconsin Center)
Sponsored by the Feminist Caucus

Inspired by the work of Chandra Talpade Mohanty (Feminism without Borders) and Karma Chávez (Queer Migration Politics: Activist Rhetoric and Coalitional Possibilities), this workshop explores ways to build coalition as teachers, administrators, researchers, scholars, and community members.


W.03 Writing Creative Nonfiction: Finding the Extraordinary in the Ordinary
201 B (Wisconsin Center)
Sponsored by the Creative Nonfiction Standing Group

In this all-day writing workshop, participants will explore creative nonfiction through writing to prompts and discussing teaching strategies and issues.


W.04 Dual Enrollment Composition: Complicating the Commonplace of First-Year Writing
201 C (Wisconsin Center)
Sponsored by the Dual Enrollment Studies Special Interest Group

This workshop includes multiple activities that a) are foundational for understanding the ways in which DE problematizes FYW; b) engage participants in building the DE community within CCCC; and c) provide  solutions to current challenges. Additional workshop goals include exploring equity for instructors and access for historically marginalized students.


W.05 Response as a Place for Writerly Common Ground: Refining Our Practices to Include Students into Academic Culture
201 D (Wisconsin Center)

This workshop offers scholarship and research to help teachers think about their own response practices and how to include and invite students into academic culture through assessment.


W.06 Trauma, Adversity, and Resilience as Commonplace in Writing Studies: Strategies for Teaching and Learning
202 A (Wisconsin Center)

This workshop explores trauma and adversity in postsecondary systems, guiding participants in creating trauma-aware writing environments.


W.07 Probing Commonplaces in International Writing Research
Room 202 B (Wisconsin Center)
Sponsored by the International Researchers Consortium

Fourteen scholars from twelve countries discuss shared and divergent commonplaces in their international writing research projects; all registrants read the papers prior to the workshop and choose four papers to focus on for a sequence of clustered discussions in small groups, enabling deep, sustained international exchange.


W.08 Reimagining Commonplaces through Twine Design
202 C (Wisconsin Center)
Sponsored by the Council for Play and Game Studies

We will explore how we can use emergent play within Twine design to critically disrupt some of the oppressive assumptions within commonplaces. In this sense, the tactical interventions play poses in design can create more accepting and open uncommonplaces that accommodate a more diverse array of values.


W.10 Real Talk: Using Personal Narratives and Embodied Experience to Reimagine African American/Black Rhetorical Studies
202 E (Wisconsin Center)

This workshop brings together Black scholars to begin a dialogue that seeks to envision Black rhetorical scholarship that is inclusive of all Black people. Current African American rhetorical studies has centralized particular beliefs and practices that have resulted in “commonplaces” that have inadvertently marginalized other Black rhetorical practices.


W.11 The Almanac of Garden-Based Writing: Using Seasonal, Local, Public Writing to Promote Social Justice
202 D (Wisconsin Center) and offsite location

This workshop will introduce the benefits of garden-based education; it will describe a range of garden-based writing projects; and it will help participants develop their own garden-based writing projects via hands-on experiences of collaborative writing and a garden work party followed by a final guided planning session.


Saturday, March 28, 2:00 –5:00 p.m.

SW.02 Collecting and Documenting Place-Based “Living Narratives”
101 B (Wisconsin Center)

Participants will learn about and participate in an ongoing project focused on collecting and documenting place-based, neighborhood stories.


SW.03 Handcrafted Rhetorics: DIY and the Public Power of Made Things
101 C (Wisconsin Center)

This workshop brings attendees into the Milwaukee Public Library’s Studio M makerspace to learn about the work librarians and patrons do together, and do some making of our own. See for location information and details.


SW.04 Avoiding Placement “Commonplaces”: The Nuts and Bolts of Implementing Directed Self-Placement
101 D (Wisconsin Center)

This workshop supports participants in devising strategies for implementing Directed Self-Placement, enabling them to overcome common hurdles.


SW.05 Turning Theory into Practice: Pedagogies for Engaging Intersectionality in First-Year Composition
102 A (Wisconsin Center)
Sponsored by the Intersectional Approaches to FYC SIG

This workshop sponsored by the Intersectional Approaches to FYC SIG provides instructors with approaches for using intersectionality to design classroom activities that encourage racial literacy in FYC. The first hour provides context and theoretical grounding and the remainder will feature multiple teaching demonstrations that encourage active participation from attendees.


SW.06 Training Academic Labor Activists
102 B (Wisconsin Center)

We will train participants in solidarity-building/organizing across campuses and communities. Representing different institution types and positions, facilitators offer skills and experiences to help participants organize and advocate successfully and sustainably. We also plan time during the workshop for participants to connect and build networks of support beyond the event.


SW.07 Job and Professionalization Workshop: There Are Options beyond Tenure Track
102 C (Wisconsin Center)
Sponsored by the Graduate Student Standing Group

This roundtable discussion will focus on job and professionalization options for graduate students that go beyond the traditional tenure track career path.


SW.08 Hosting Diversity and Inclusion through Accessible Instruction and Community-Building
102 D (Wisconsin Center)
Sponsored by the WPA-GO Accessibility Task Force and Global Society for Online Literacy Educators

This interactive community-building workshop equips post-secondary educators in accessibility. Speakers integrate disability studies theories including intersectionality, embodiment, and universal design, to recreate our commonplaces (the syllabus, etc.) through demonstrations, hands-on sessions, discussion, and Q&A. Sessions include ADA compliance, image accessibility, video captioning, networking sessions, resource-sharing, and contacts for future support.


SW.09 Made Not Only in Words (or Images or Sound or Video or…): Designing Multimodal Composition Curricula across Institutions
102 E (Wisconsin Center)

Drawing on our experiences in innovating our institution’s multimodal composition course and using this class to seed similar curricula at other universities across the US, this workshop aims to provide participants with concrete resources and strategies for instituting, developing, and/or revising multimodal composition courses at their home institutions.


SW.11 Taking Action for Anti-Racist Workplaces: Developing Bystander Training for Writing Teachers and WPAs
103 C (Wisconsin Center)

This workshop will develop anti-racist bystander training for writing professionals. providing strategies to intervene in a variety of situations, from overtly hostile actions to micro-aggressions with seemingly innocent intent. We will address the many positionalities and range of job securities a writing professional might be in.


SW.13 Empowering Inclusive Disciplinary Online Representations and Interactions: Strategic Approaches for Practicing Hospitable Online Communication
201 B (Wisconsin Center)

This workshop confronts how disciplinary online communities (e.g., listservs and Twitter) reproduce communication practices that marginalize users by rank, race, class, gender, ability, sexuality, and geographic strata. We ask, “How do we enact policies of equity for professional online spaces without disciplining the discipline” focusing on creating “hospitable” online spaces.

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