"Allotropes of the Academic Essay: How to Teach Writing for the Academy without Assigning the 'Academic Essay.'"

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Rocky Mountain Modern Language Association
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66th Annual RMMLA Convention, October 11-13, 2012; Boulder, CO.
There are many instantiations of the "academic essay" and many ways of teaching those forms. This panel hopes to explore strategies for teaching the "academic essay" without necessarily assigning the academic essay per se. The goal is to illuminate ways in which other genres/forms of writing (in the broadest sense of the term) can help students develop the necessary subskills for composing successful academic essays and other forms of writing privileged at university. Some allotropes of the "academic essay" include satire, dialogue, and the micro-essay. What other forms or genres can we use in the classroom to help students transition into the discourse community of academia? What pedagogical strategies do you use for teaching these forms? How do these forms help students become better prepared for the writing that is expected of them at university? Ultimately, the aim is to provide imaginative and accessible approaches to the composition classroom.

Please submit abstracts of 250-500 words to Stephen Sweat (ssweat@ucsc.edu) by March 01, 2012. Applicants will receive acceptance or denial of proposals by March 15.