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View the recording of the CCCC First-Time Attendee Orientation
March 31, 2021 — access the session slides
From the CCCC Newcomers’ Orientation Committee:

With pleasure, the CCCC Newcomers’ Orientation Committee welcomes all of you to the 2021 CCCC Virtual Annual Convention, but especially new members and first-time attendees. We have planned several events that we hope will help you get the most out of this conference. (These events and virtual locations are listed in the Special Events schedules in the program.)

With the move to a virtual Convention, our committee will host an Orientation Session one week prior to the start of the convention on Wednesday, March 31 at 4:00 p.m. EDT. During this session, we will discuss how to navigate the virtual Convention and its virtual program, how to participate in the Convention’s many events, and how to meet others. We also look forward to meeting you at the Newcomers’ Coffee Hour on Thursday (Thursday, April 8, 10:30–11:15 a.m.), a congenial start to the first full day of activities, where you can begin the kinds of professional conversations that have made this Convention one of the high points of the year for each of us.

This year, we are also hosting a session called, “Career Quest: Navigating a Future in Composition, Rhetoric, and Writing,” (session E.1, Thursday, April 8, 4:30–5:30 p.m. EDT). This interactive session is designed for newcomers and early career attendees; its goal is to help participants develop a plan in which opportunities at the Convention and within the organization can play an important part in their career development.

Throughout the Convention, the Newcomers’ Orientation Committee will maintain a Newcomers Welcome Booth located in the Virtual Action Hub. There you will find information from the Digital Archive of Literary Narratives (DALN) where you can share your literacy story, a tip sheet for navigating the Convention, a place to drop questions for members of the committee, hints on participating in Cs the Day (the Convention’s interactive game), and more.

One more thing: what would a Convention be without a social gathering? Look for more info at the Newcomers Welcome Booth for our plan to get newcomers together for some fun and online conversation!

We look forward to meeting you at one of the many events sponsored by this committee and hope you have a wonderful experience at 4Cs!

With warm good wishes,
CCCC Newcomers’ Orientation Committee

Leslie Werden, Chair
Rachel Dortin
Michael Harker
Mary Karcher
Ben McCorkle
Sharon Mitchler
Sean Morey
Michael Rifenburg
Christine Tulley

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