IWAC 2016 will begin with three pre-conference workshops on Thursday, June 23 from 8:30am-11:45am.

All Pre-conference Workshops are held in the Michigan Union.

Meaningful Makeover for Inclusive Writing Assignments

Anderson D (1st FLOOR)

Michele Eodice, Anne Ellen Geller, and Neal Lerner

Based on the results of our cross-institutional research on what seniors say about their most meaningful writing projects, this interactive workshop will engage participants in the following questions: What factors account for some students realizing meaningful goals through their writing projects while others do not/cannot? How can writing assignments be inclusive of student difference within the parameters of course goals? To address these questions, participants will explore the values, beliefs, and practices that frame and support student writing in their courses, and then develop or revise an assignment. This workshop will be particularly relevant for participants who are from disciplines beyond writing studies and contexts without formal writing requirements, given the varied disciplinary contexts (STEM, humanities, social sciences) for students in our study.

Exploring and Exploiting the Michigan Corpus of Upper-Level Student Papers (MICUSP) as a Resource for WAC Classes


Christine B. Feak and John M. Swales

MICUSP is a freely-available electronic collection of over 800 student “A” papers from 16 disciplines (covering humanities, natural sciences and engineering). The corpus includes easy-to-use “search” and “browse” functions. The central question that the workshop will address is how MICUSP might be used by students and instructors as a vehicle for revealing disciplinary and genre conventions and expectations. After a brief demonstration of how two MICUSP projects were carried out, participants will undertake in groups a series of tasks. These involve linguistic and rhetorical consciousness-raising, tracing the function of key phrases, comparing genre exemplars from various disciplines, and planning student MICUSP projects. At the end of the workshop, participants should feel confident about adding MICUSP activities to their WAC tool-box.

Creating WAC Partnerships Across Academic Levels


Jacob Blumner, Pamela Childers, and Kirsten Jamsen

How do WAC partnerships across academic levels support writing, thinking, and learning across the disciplines? How can such partnerships help us bridge the different cultures of secondary and postsecondary education and deepen our understanding of student writing development and transfer? This workshop will explore how and why partnerships with colleagues at other academic levels can benefit students and faculty at all institutions involved. While sharing their experiences, facilitators will engage participants in envisioning and planning innovative and sustainable cross-institutional WAC partnerships. Through a series of activities, each participant will leave with an initial draft of a strategic plan to begin building their own partnerships to bridge across academic levels and support teaching and learning across disciplines.

Powerpoint Presentation (.pptx)