2019 Spilman Symposium at VMI

The 2019 Spilman Symposium on Issues in Teaching Writing will be held on the campus of Virginia Military Institute in Lexington, VA, located approximately 90 minutes northeast of Blacksburg, on Saturday, February 9, 2019, from 8:30 a.m. until 4 p.m. Please share this announcement widely with others who might like to attend.

Presentations by Cheryl Glenn (Penn State), Robert Asen (U of Wisconsin-Madison), and Ann George (TCU) will stimulate conversations among participants about this year’s theme, Discourse for Democracy: Teaching Writing and Rhetoric for Civic Life.

The Spilman Symposium is a one-day, annual event created to bring teachers of writing together for conversations with some of the major scholars in rhetoric and composition studies. Providing a forum for active engagement of timely issues, the symposium is designed as a think-tank for all faculty who are interested in the teaching of writing, including those involved with writing across the curriculum. The symposium regularly attracts representatives from both two- and four-year institutions in many states—including Virginia, West Virginia, Tennessee, North Carolina, South Carolina, Kentucky, Georgia, Ohio, Michigan, New York, New Jersey, Maryland, Missouri, and Texas—as well as the District of Columbia. The Spilman has hosted some of the profession’s most recognized teachers and scholars: James Berlin, Erika Lindemann, Gary Tate, Ed White, Nancy Sommers, Cynthia Selfe, Lynn Bloom, John Trimbur, Andrea Lunsford, Lisa Ede, Sue McLeod, Anne Gere, Kathi Yancey, Kurt Spellmeyer, John Schilb, Eli Goldblatt, Deb Holdstein, Doug Hesse, among others.

Participation is limited to the first 80 registrants. Registration is $40, which includes morning refreshments and lunch.  Register by clicking on the link to the Spilman Symposium on Issues in Teaching Writing at www.vmi.edu/iwp.

Registrations will be accepted through January 15, 2019.

I hope you’ll consider joining us for this year’s Spilman! If you have questions, please feel free to contact Col. Christina McDonald, Institute Director of Writing, at mcdonaldcr AT vmi DOT edu.