MnWE 2019: Connecting Reading and Writing

MnWE Call for Proposals 2019: Connecting Reading and Writing
North Hennepin Community College
Brooklyn Park, Minnesota (Twin Cities)
Friday-Saturday, April 5-6

Friday Lunch Keynoters: Author and Minneapolis Community and Technical College Teaching Professor Shannon Gibney; and Associate Professor of Library and Information Science at St. Catherine University Sarah Park Dahlen

Saturday Lunch Keynoters: Shirley Johnson and Linda Russell, two top experts and educators in College Reading in Minnesota Public Colleges

Due Date for Proposals: Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Submit a Proposal.

Register for the 2019 Conference at North Hennepin Community College.

MnWE’s 2019 theme, “Connecting Reading and Writing,” encourages sharing perspectives on the links between engaging with written texts and producing writing. Please join us at North Hennepin Community College in the northwest corner of the Twin Cities metro area on Friday-Saturday, April 5-6, to help us give each other community, practical pedagogy, and scholarly thought about this theme–or on any other non-theme writing, literature, or related subject you wish to present, as well. 

Reading and writing are the cornerstones of English, writing, and literacy education. Whether we ask students to examine fiction or non-fiction, we usually ask them to read a “text,” broadly defined, and then respond. As post-secondary instructors and high school teachers, we often take for granted that our students know how to read but not how to write. What happens when we overtly teach them to read a variety of texts? How would we integrate more reading instruction into our writing courses?

We welcome proposals responding to the “Connecting Reading and Writing” theme or any matter involving teaching literature, writing, or ESL/ELL, the relationships between high school and college-level English, or writing center and tutoring work.

Prospective presenters may consider the following questions as they design proposals:

  • How do today’s students identify a “text”? Do we in academia have a limited scope of what today’s students read, or don’t read? How does their reading inform their writing? What do we need to learn about our students’ reading before we begin teaching them about the reading process? How do we invite students to help define texts and determine a reading and writing purpose accordingly?
  • What challenges does the complex information landscape pose to writing and reading instruction?
  • What do post-secondary instructors need from high school teachers? How can students be prepared for reading and writing in post-secondary education?
  • What are the parallels between the writing process and the reading process?
  • What is the iterative relationship between reading and writing? How do we choose readings that will best foster better writing skills?  How do we honor students’ tastes by giving them choice over course readings, and how can students and teachers expand each other’s reading horizons?
  • Can active reading strategies and working with hard-copy texts help students avoid “patch” writing? Are digital annotation tools just as good as annotations made “by hand”? What role do digital tools have in the reading and writing courses?
  • The teaching of research writing requires students to read research studies. How can we help them to read these kinds of articles and effectively incorporate research into their writing?  How can we help them understand the difference between plagiarism and ethical source use?

Poster Session: Not interested in creating a workshop? Then you are in luck!
This year MnWE will be offering a coffee house, book fair, and poster session so you will be able to share an idea of interest in a brief way and engage with your colleagues as you host a mini discussion.

General considerations for poster design:

Some links to view examples:

Tips for presentations:

Due Date for Proposals: Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Submit a Proposal.

Register for the 2019 Conference at North Hennepin Community College.