NO WRITER IS AN ISLAND: BUILDING COMMUNITY IN THE WRITING CLASSROOM

deadline for submissions: 
May 21, 2021
full name / name of organization: 
South Atlantic Modern Language Association/SAMLA
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NO WRITER IS AN ISLAND: BUILDING COMMUNITY IN THE WRITING CLASSROOM

SAMLA SPECIAL SESSION FOR SAMLA 93, taking place in Atlanta, GA., November 4-6, 2021

Writing, in many emerging writers’ minds, is an isolated, solitary process that necessitates social distance. Meaningful writing, though, is actually an act of community and connection with others at all stages of the process itself - a form of social networking.  As many schools in the past year have found, creating community and social networks in the online learning environment is particularly challenging. This Special Session Roundtable invites abstracts that address how to overcome the challenges of creating community in online learning with the common goal of collectively reinforcing the value of communication skills and the goal of supporting student writing improvement. Of particular interest are abstracts that address pedagogical approaches for building community in writing-centric classrooms across disciplines, abstracts that discuss strategies for building community in Writing Across the Curriculum programs, and abstracts that explore the creation of a collective university learning community using virtual tools. By May 21, please submit an abstract of 300-500 words, a brief bio, and any A/V or scheduling requests to Josef Vice, Purdue University Global, at jvice@purdueglobal.edu