UConn First-Year Writing ProgramUConn Humanities Institute


Tenth Annual Conference
on the Teaching of Writing

Co-sponsored by the Aetna Chair of Writing
and the University of Connecticut Humanities Institute

The University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT
Friday, March 27, 2015
Writing as Translation

Keynote Speaker: Min-Zhan Lu, University of Louisville
with Bruce Horner, University of Louisville


Registration Details

  • Form available here
  • $25 registration fee if check (payable to University of Connecticut) postmarked by 3/20
  • $30 on-site registration fee
  • Free registration for all students (including graduate students)


Call for Papers & Presentations

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The University of Connecticut’s First-Year Writing Program invites proposals for presentations, panels, and roundtables from instructors of writing (in all disciplines and programs) for our Tenth Annual Conference on the Teaching of Writing.

This year’s conference will address issues of translation in the broadest sense. We perceive translation not only as the transitioning of a text from one language into another, but as a rendering of ourselves and others in writing. Of course, language translation itself has become a daily reality for many students and professors of writing. As teachers of writing at higher education institutions, we cannot assume that Standard English is the lens from which we and our students consider the world. But translation here also encompasses any act of moving language from one space or context to another. In a sense, all acts of writing and reading are translation.

Translation is also an appropriate theme to mark the tenth anniversary of the Teaching of Writing Conference at the University of Connecticut as we consider how we will translate our work from the past into the next ten years. To celebrate this milestone, we will welcome two distinguished speakers, Min-Zhan Lu and Bruce Horner of University of Louisville, leaders in the scholarship of second language writing and labor.

We invite proposals that consider questions such as these:

  • How does the metaphor of translation, a mechanism for moving between language communities, points of view, and settings, open up new ways of thinking about our work?
  • To what degree does our writing involve “translating” other authors or creators?
  • How do we view relationships between cultural identity and writing, translingual writing and global “Englishes”?
  • How might we see cross-disciplinary work as translation?
  • How do we take into account the multiple language lenses that inform academic conversations?
  • How do we help our students render and make use of difficult and challenging texts?
  • How do we conceive of authorship and positionality?
  • What are the ways in which writing-as-labor translates into value?
  • What does writing and the teaching of writing look like in 2015 and beyond, and how do we translate our work using the tools current in universities and culture?

Possible topics might include (but are not limited to) the following:

Cultural Identity and Writing
Writers’ Agency and Subjectivity
Multilingual Discourses
Learning from Student Writing
Writing Outside of FYW/FYC

Global English(es)
Otherness & Diversity
Producing New Knowledge
Service Learning & Writing
First-Year Writing in
High Schools and Other Spaces

Program Administration
Social Justice
Writing Centers
Writing in the Disciplines
Classroom Dynamics
Student Writing in the Classroom

Contingent Labor
Writing in the Literature Classroom
Creative Writing
Writing as Inquiry

Proposals should be 250-300 words. Please fill out the proposal form, or provide the following in a .doc, .docx, or .pdf file:  

  • title of the proposal
  • names and email addresses for all presenters (please list one primary contact person)
  • academic institution(s) and program(s) in which presenter(s) study/teach/work
  • description of presentation, panel, or roundtable
  • indication of format and running time (full panels and roundtables are either 60 or 75 minutes; individual presentations should run 15 minutes)

You may submit proposals for more than one presentation; however, you may only present once. Please indicate that your email contains a conference proposal by writing “Conference Proposal” in the subject line of the email.

Eligibility: All teachers of writing, regardless of discipline, status (adjunct/graduate student/staff/faculty), institution, campus or level of teaching experience may submit proposals. Undergraduate and graduate students are also encouraged to submit proposals. The First-Year Writing Program also invites proposals for collaborative presentations, panels and/or roundtable discussions between/among any eligible presenters.

Deadline for submissions:  EXTENDED to Friday, February 6, 2015
Email submissions to:         teachingwriting2015@gmail.com