Writing and Linguistics
College of Arts and Humanities

Student Success in Writing Conference

Student Success in Writing Conference

WELCOME TO THE STUDENT SUCCESS IN WRITING CONFERENCE

The Student Success in Writing Conference, sponsored by the Georgia Southern University Department of Writing and Linguistics, will be held on April 17, 2020, at the Savannah Convention Center.

The Student Success in Writing Conference, established in 1999 to promote the success of students in writing courses at the secondary and post-secondary levels, is an intimate, one-day conference with national scope and blind-reviewed admissions. We are committed to offering practical workshops and theoretical presentations on topics related to the teaching and craft of writing. The conference also seeks to establish and maintain dialogue between college and high school educators. It takes place in the spring every other year in Savannah, Georgia.

Contact conference chairs Nan LoBue and Andrew Berger at sswc@georgiasouthern.edu

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SSWC past conferences
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view the 2018 sswc program

2020 schedule coming soon

Savannah International Trade & Convention Center
Savannah, GA

TimeEvent
8 – 9 a.m.Registration & Continental Breakfast
9 – 9:50 a.m.TBA
9:50 – 10:05 a.m.Break
10:05 – 10:55 a.m.TBA
10:55 – 11:10 a.m..Break
11:10 a.m. – 12 NoonTBA
12 Noon – 1 p.m.TBA
1 – 1:50 p.m.TBA
1:50 – 2:05 p.m.Break
2:05 – 2:55 p.m.TBA
3:55 – 3:10 p.m.Break
3:10 – 4:00 p.m.TBA

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updated rates for 2020 coming soon

All Conference registration fees include lunch..

TBAEarly Bird Registration (until February 1)
TBARegular Registration — through the conference
TBAFull-Time Student Registration
TBAPart-time Adjunct Faculty Registration

Other Rates

TBAExhibitor’s Table (includes breakfast, lunch and break food)
TBAFull-page Program Ad
TBAHalf-page Program Ad
TBAQuarter-page Program Ad

Homewood Suites by Hilton
Savannah Historic District/Riverfront
611 East River Street
Savannah, Georgia, 31401
ROOM RATES: TBA


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Book your room by telephone:
Call 912-355-0025

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If cost is a priority over location, there are many hotels outside the Historic District located 5-10 miles from the conference center in Midtown. Please check the visit Savannah link at right with suggestions for additional places to stay as well as attractions in beautiful, historic Savannah.

Parking at the Convention Center is $5.

Savannah also offers public transit.

submit your proposal

Proposals for SSWC 2020 are due on November 16, 2019

We invite proposals that explore how we, as professionals invested in promoting student success in writing, can best support our students, colleagues and programs in at the secondary and postsecondary levels in one or more of the following areas:

  •  First-Year Writing
  • Writing in High School
  • Transitioning from High School to College Writing
  • Second Language Writing
  • Digital Literacies
  • Creative Writing
  • Technical and Professional Writing
  • Writing About Literature
  • Writing Across the Curriculum
  • Writing in the Disciplines
  • Writing Centers

ABOUT THE CONFERENCE

The Student Success in Writing Conference, established in 1999 to promote the success of students in writing courses at the secondary and postsecondary levels, is an intimate, one-day conference with national scope and blind-reviewed admissions. We are committed to offering practical workshops and theoretical presentations on topics related to the teaching and craft of writing. The conference also seeks to establish and maintain dialogue between college and high school educators. Our audience includes high school teachers, two-year and four-year college faculty, administrators, librarians and information specialists, and graduate students. The conference is sponsored by the Department of Writing and Linguistics at Georgia Southern University and takes place annually in the spring of each year in Savannah, Georgia.

TYPES OF PROPOSALS

Educators of all types of writing at the secondary and postsecondary levels are invited to submit proposals. Presentations are expected to be interactive. Presenters at SSWC should assume that they will not read papers to their audience.

Individual Practice-Oriented Presentation 

(25 minutes including question and answer time; 1-2 speakers).

These presentations emphasize showing rather than simply telling about a technique for teaching or evaluation writing. A practice-oriented proposal should focus primarily on how the presenter will explain a successful teaching practice, but it should also briefly recognize why the technique is pedagogically valid by anchoring the practice in some current theory or research. Presentations should limit any explanations of underlying theory to 5 minutes or less.

Individual Practice-Oriented Presentation 

(25 minutes including question and answer time; 1-2 speakers).
These presentations emphasize showing rather than simply telling about a technique for teaching or evaluation writing. A practice-oriented proposal should focus primarily on how the presenter will explain a successful teaching practice, but it should also briefly recognize why the technique is pedagogically valid by anchoring the practice in some current theory or research. Presentations should limit any explanations of underlying theory to 5 minutes or less.

Individual Research-Oriented Presentation 

(25 minutes including question and answer time; 1-2 speakers).
These presentations involve an oral summary, with occasional references to notes or a text, of the presenters’ work in relation to theory or practice. Presenters are expected to engage the audience, not simply read a prepared text. While these presentations will by definition emphasize research and theory, presenters should be able to suggest ideas for practical applications.

Panel Session 

(50 minutes including question and answer time).
Presenters are encouraged to work with colleagues to propose panel sessions. These sessions consist of 2 or more speakers sharing practice-oriented or research-oriented presentations. Such panels may be particularly useful for topics that require more attention to theory than a standard practice-oriented presentation allows or more attention to practice than a research-oriented presentation permits. They are also effective for groups who wish to address both theory and practice in their presentations.

PROPOSAL EVALUATION CRITERIA

All proposals are reviewed using the following evaluation criteria.
• Currency: Is the topic relevant and significant to the field?
• Purpose: Does the proposal make it clear what attendees will gain from the presentation and how content promotes student success in writing?
• Support: Will the presenter provide credible support that the practices or theoretical conclusions are sound?

SUBMITTING A PROPOSAL

All proposals must be submitted online. Use the link above to the online form.

HOW TO PREPARE A PROPOSAL

All proposals have the following parts: a title; answers to the relevant questions on currency, purpose, and support; the identification of target audience(s); and a brief program abstract.

The title should accurately reflect content.

The proposal for individual practice, research-based presentations, and panel presentations should:

  • Not contain references that would reveal the presenter’s identity
  • Include a brief, engaging introduction summarizing the content of the presentation
  • Be carefully edited and proofread
  • Spell out any acronyms or abbreviations
  • Explicitly address all of the following:
    1. Content: What will happen during the presentation? How will you engage your audience?
    2. Currency: Why is the topic relevant?
    3. Purpose: Does the proposal make clear what attendees will gain from the presentation? How will it promote student success in writing?
    4. Support: What credible support will you offer that the practices and/or theoretical conclusions are sound?

The proposal is for the reviewers and (except for a brief abstract) will not be part of the conference program. Please provide answers to the four questions above about content, currency, purpose and support. Be as clear and explicit as possible in describing what your presentation will include.

Target Audience(s)

Please identify the group(s)most likely to find your presentation relevant and useful. Choose all that apply.
• High school teachers
• High school administrators
• Two-year college faculty
• Four-year college faculty
• University program administrators
• Librarians and Information Specialists
• Graduate students

Journal of Student Success in Writing site

The Journal of Student Success in Writing was established in 2015 as a companion journal to further encourage the types of conversations generated by the annual Student Success in Writing Conference. It is a peer-reviewed journal committed to sharing practice and research that encourages student success in writing. The journal is published in the fall of each year at http://digitalcommons.georgiasouthern.edu/jssw/ as an open-access publication.

The audience for the conference and the journal includes high school teachers, two-year and four-year college faculty, administrators, librarians and information specialists, and graduate students. Both the conference and the journal are sponsored by the Department of Writing and Linguistics at Georgia Southern University.

Golden Award Recipients

2018 • Sean Barnette
Lander University

2017 • David Beach
Radford University

2016 • Jennifer Dorian
Fresno City College

2015 • Shannon Riggs Stuckey
Metter High School

2014 • Gardner Rogers
Valdosta State University

2013 • Chip Rogers
Middle Georgia State College

2012 • June Joyner
Georgia Southern University

2011 • Matthew Gainous
Ogeechee Technical College

2010 • Jane Rago
Armstrong Atlantic University

2009 • Aimee Taylor
Richmond Hill High School

2008 • Donna Hooley
Ogeechee Technical College

2007 • Deborah Carico
Bulloch Academy

2006 • Mary Ann Ellis
Appling County High School

2005 • Kathy Albertson
Georgia Southern University

2004 • Daniel Edenfield
Bulloch County Performance Learning Center

2002 • Pat Fox
Armstrong Atlantic University

2001 • Linda S. Williams
North Georgia College & State University

2000 • Charlotte Crittenden
Georgia Southern University

THE DOROTHY GOLDEN AWARD FOR TEACHING EXCELLENCE IN FIRST-YEAR WRITING

NOMINATIONS ARE DUE ON OR BEFORE MARCH 1, 2020.

EMAIL THE INFORMATION REQUESTED BELOW TO sswc@georgiasouthern.edu

DOROTHY GOLDEN

ABOUT THE GOLDEN AWARD

Honoring the memory of Dorothy Golden, Georgia Southern University Assistant Professor Emerita, the Golden Award recognizes dedication to teaching excellence in first-year composition or the preparation of students for first-year composition. One award is given annually by the Department of Writing and Linguistics at Georgia Southern University.

GOLDEN AWARD REQUIREMENTS

to nominate a colleague or yourself, please verify that you or your colleague can meet the requirements for receiving the award:

  1. The winner must be present to receive the award. Announcement of the recipient of the Golden Award will be made at the Keynote Luncheon during the 20th Annual Student Success in Writing Conference at the Savannah International Trade and Convention Center in Savannah, GA, on Friday, April 5, 2019.
  2. The person you nominate must be a high school or college instructor who has been teaching first-year writing and/or preparing students for first-year writing for at least five years.

GOLDEN AWARD NOMINATIONS

To submit a nomination, please email the following information to sswc@georgiasouthern.edu

1. Nominee name
2. Nominee’s email and phone number
3. Nominee’s job title/position and institution
4. Number of years teaching first-year writing and/or preparing students for first-year writing (5 years minimum)
5. Subjects and levels taught
6. Your name
7. Your job title/position
8. Supporting letter: Please explain your reasons for nominating this person by addressing how he or she meets the following criteria:
a. Excellence in quality of instruction for student success in first-year writing (please describe specific techniques, approaches, and qualities which make this person’s instruction in first-year writing and/or in preparing students for first-year writing outstanding).
b. A significant contribution to the nominee’s school to promote student success in first-year writing (please describe specific contributions the nominee makes beyond the classroom that helps students succeed in first-year writing).

CONTACT US

Nan LoBue and Andrew Berger
Conference Chairs
Department of Writing & Linguistics
Georgia Southern University
Statesboro, GA 30460
sswc@georgiasouthern.edu

Last updated: 10/7/2019

Department of Writing & Linguistics • P.O. Box 8026 • Statesboro, GA 30460 • 912-478-0739