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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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