If We're Writing about Writing, Then What Kind of Writing Do We Assign? (NEMLA; April 7-11 2010; Montreal, Canada)

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Heather Urbanski
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The recent focus within Composition Studies on the Writing About Writing approach (introduced by Elizabeth Wardle and Doug Downs) has raised important questions regarding many elements of Composition pedagogy. Composition specialists across the country, including but not limited to Writing Program Administrators, have begun considering the impact of this approach on both a global level, such as the place of writing within the overall university curriculum, and more locally, including considerations such as reading and writing assignments in the classroom. Working within that context, this panel looks at the types of writing that can and perhaps should be assigned to college composition students across all levels of a vertical writing curriculum. Is it time to revise the "personal" essay? What does academic inquiry look like in a Writing about Writing course? What adjustments are needed to conventional writing assignments for an advanced composition course populated with upper-level undergraduates? These are just some of the questions this panel will consider as the field begins to implement the Writing about Writing approach.

Email proposals (250-500 words) as Word attachments to Heather Urbanski (urbanskihea@ccsu.edu) by September 30, 2009.