A message from Carolinas WPA President Paula Patch re: Wildacres 2020

Dear Carolinas WPA Members and Friends:

After some discussion, Collie, Kevin, and I have decided that it is best to go ahead and make a decision about Wildacres. We think that waiting until later is simply putting off the inevitable: The uncertainty of the virus makes it impossible to hold a face-to-face conference in September. We have decided to cancel Wildacres for 2020.

Even if we were able to gather, we fear that the demands on our members in the “next normal” of the fall semester, the instability of funding, and the very real danger for some of us to be in close quarters with others would make the retreat feel like too much of an obligation—or too much an occasion to feel real FOMO—for our members.

We will be in touch later in the summer about options for gathering virtually in the summer or fall—not so much to replace Wildacres, the magic of which is its in-person, off-grid, retreat nature—but to support one another as we make and implement tough decisions about our programs and communities.

Take good care—we’ll see each other as soon as it is possible!

Paula

2020 Carolinas WPA Meeting in the Middle: CFP and event information

Conference theme: Language, Translingualism, and Multilingualism

We are excited to send out this call for proposals to present at the Carolinas Writing Program Administrators’ fourteenth annual spring conference, “Meeting in the Middle,” to be held from 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on February 14, 2020, at UNC Charlotte.

Our theme for the meeting is language, particularly translingualism and multilingualism, and how the complex systems of meaning we use to communicate inform our composing practices as well as the teaching thereof.

How do students employ their languages and literacies in different situations and environments? For that matter, how are we doing so? How can we recognize and discuss code-switching, code-meshing, and translanguaging as they relate across a variety of contexts? How can we help our students, and learn with them, about how to do so in more rhetorically effective fashions?

Jennifer Eidum from Elon University will present a morning workshop that presents key theories of translingualism and multilingualism as they play out in higher education, with particular focus on first-year writing classrooms. Then, we will shift from theory to practice, exploring specific linguistic & cultural challenges WPAs and writing faculty might encounter in writing spaces (including their own). With an emphasis on collaboration and community-building, participants will leave the workshop with resources, connections, and new ideas for recognizing (and building upon) the linguistic and cultural diversity in their writing programs.

Time will be provided for participants to begin planning activities and assignments for their courses and/or to sketch out structures for relevant language-focused faculty workshops or projects.

Proposal Details

Proposal Deadline: Wednesday, January 29, 2020. We have a quick turnaround and presenters will be notified by Monday, February 3, in order to have as much time as possible to make travel arrangements.

You do not have to present to attend! We welcome you regardless! That said, those whose proposals are accepted will be listed on the formal agenda for the conference–which might help you advocate for travel funding. Proposals will also help us plan appropriate groups and design activities around members’ goals.

We encourage both individual and team proposals from people in the Carolinas who are working in any teaching or administrative positions related to writing. We also welcome creative interpretation, and deviation, from this year’s theme.

Three different presentation types reflect members’ interests:

  1. Problem: Describe a teaching, program leadership, or research problem that you would like help thinking about with other attendees. 10-15 minutes includes feedback time.
  2. Showcase: Share a teaching method or writing program leadership strategy that is working well at your site. Or present findings from a study you’re involved in that would interest writing teachers and WPAs. 10-15 minutes includes feedback time.
  3. Other: You have an idea that doesn’t fit either category. Explain! You still have 10-15 minutes to present.

Proposals should include:

  • Name and contact information (email, phone, home institution) for each person associated with your proposal
  • Type of presentation (problem, showcase, other)
  • Title and brief description of your presentation for the conference agenda
  • Your specific goals for presenting

Please use this proposal form.

Registration

The registration price of $40.00 includes lunch and the opportunity to bring a guest for free (who also gets lunch!). Parking options are limited near the building (see “Parking” below). Carpooling is encouraged!

The registration deadline is Friday, February 7, 2020. Registration is now open on the Carolinas WPA website.

When you “bring a guest for free,” you must register the guest when you register yourself.

Parking

In the past, attendees had the option to purchase event parking passes as part of conference registration. Unfortunately, event parking is currently unavailable, although there are several pay-to-park options nearby. From the UNC Charlotte Center City website:

“Due to construction and other activity surrounding UNC Charlotte Center City, parking is extremely limited. The parking lots adjacent to Center City (422 E. 9th Street and 319 E. 9th Street) are currently reserved for faculty, staff and students with a University-issued parking permit.  Please encourage visitors to prepare and plan for their visit to Center City, including consideration of carpooling and ride services.”

“Visitor parking for events is currently not available. There are a number of pay-to-park options within walking distance of Center City.  Seventh Street Parking Deck is a short walk through First Ward Park. Visitors can pay to park by the hour. Additional pay-to-park options can be found on the Preferred Parking website. The closest of these is 422 E 9th Street on the corner of 9th and Brevard Street. Other nearby lots are at 8th & College, 9th & College, and 9th & Tryon. There are metered spaces on Brevard and 8th Street to pay during the day. These meters are free after 6pm weekdays and all day on weekends.”

Map (in .png image form) of parking options in the Center City vicinity.

Hotels

Google map of hotels near the conference.

Questions or comments? Direct them to Kevin Brock at brockkm2@mailbox.sc.edu.

Carolinas WPA Fall 2018 Conference CANCELLED due to Hurricane Florence

The following is a message from Carolinas WPA President, Collie Fulford.

 

Dear Carolinas WPA members, conference presenters, and other participants:

 

It is with everyone’s safety in mind that the board and I have decided to cancel the conference at Wildacres that was planned from September 17-19.

 

We yield to the urgency of Hurricane Florence.

 

After the storm has passed we will determine whether we can attempt a new fall date at Wildacres or whether to wait until our spring conference to reconvene.  We will reimburse all conference fees if we are unable to reschedule, and we will of course refund any who cannot attend during a new date.

 

I appreciate all of the hard work of the board, the presenters, our keynote and workshop leaders, and the Wildacres staff as we prepared for this conference.  Right now it is simply more important to prepare for the storm.

 

Be safe, friends.  I hope to have more specifics for registrants next week about new plans to learn from and support each other in writing leadership.

 

Collie

 

Important announcement regarding 2018 Wildacres Conference (September 17-19)

Following is an important note from our current President about our upcoming fall conference (September 17-19):

The Wildacres staff and the Carolinas WPA board are keeping an eye on the forecast for Hurricane Florence.

 

Please look for an email update by Thursday, September 13 regarding the status of our fall conference in light of this storm.

 

If we decide to cancel or postpone the conference, more details will follow on Thursday.

 

If we decide to hold the conference on the current dates, we will honor individual decisions about whether to travel or not. Those who cannot attend will receive a full registration refund. (Reminder: Monday, September 10 is the last day to register.)

 

Many thanks for your patience as we await more weather information.

 

Collie Fulford

Registration now open for the 2018 Carolinas Writing Program Administrators fall conference

We are pleased to announce that registration for the 2018 Carolinas WPA fall conference at Wildacres is now open. You may visit the fall conference website to learn more about the conference and to find links to registration for single persons or up to five persons at a time.

 

Please note that this year’s conference fee is either $210 or $220 per person, depending on the registrant’s status, and long-sleeve T-shirts commemorating Carolinas WPA’s 15th anniversary are available for $15 apiece.

 

The registration deadline is 11:59 p.m. on Monday, September 10, 2018.

 

If you have questions about registration, please contact the Carolinas WPA President, Collie Fulford.