CFP: [Rhetoric-Composition] Writing from the Center

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Richard Collins
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Louisiana Association for College Composition

14-15 November, Louisiana State University, Alexandria

Keynote speaker: Scott Russell Sanders, Distinguished Professor of
English, Indiana University, author of Writing from the Center and other
works of fiction and nonfiction, including novels, stories, children's
books and memoirs.

Proposals: The conference committee invites 200-word proposals for 15- to
20-minute individual presentations and 3- to 4-member panels on the theme
of "Writing from the Center" that might touch on the following topics:

* Where does good writing come from and where does it go?
* Mainstream versus periphery or alternative writing
* The Web as a centering or de-centering force
* Writing Centers: development and administration
* Writing as therapy: boundaries in the classroom
* Techniques for "centering" (yoga, meditation, etc.) and their relation
to writing
* Technical and professional writing's place in the academy
* Elementary, middle, and secondary education writing pedagogy
* Making the most of regional resources: archives, local history, oral
history, etc.
* Creative writing, especially creative nonfiction, the essay and
children's literature
* Dual enrollment programs in Louisiana colleges and high schools
* Other issues that encourage excellence in the teaching and study of

Roundtable Discussion 1-Dual Enrollment: The Early Start dual enrollment
program in Louisiana focuses on offering college courses in high school
settings. We invite secondary teachers, college instructors, and
administrators to discuss the promises, challenges, and results of this
state-mandated program.

Roundtable Discussion 2-Writing Centers: A vital campus writing center
indicates that a school takes writing seriously. What do writing centers
look like? Whom do they serve? How do they reach out to serve their
clientele? We invite panelists to explore the centrality of writing

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Please send proposals and requests for information to:

Deadline for proposals: 1 October 2008.

Dr. Richard Collins
Chair, LACC 2008 Conference Committee
Chair, Department of Arts, English, and Humanities
8100 Highway 71 South
Louisiana State University
Alexandria, LA 71302-9121

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