Writing Research and Program Preservation in Tight Financial Times – Register Today!

The conference schedule and list of presenters is now posted. Please use the navigation to the left to visit the 2009 Fall Conference pages. Keep reading below for the highlights and for registration information.

Conference Format

The conference will begin at 5:00 pm on Monday, September 21, and will conclude at 10:00 am on Wednesday, September 23.

On Monday night, following an opening social and dinner, we will have a brief opening presentation arising from the conference proposals and a networking opportunity around the bonfire (or a ping-pong tournament if weather precludes a bonfire).

On Tuesday, following breakfast and a panel presentation, participants will meet in small discussion groups to examine the problems/opportunities facing our writing programs. These discussions will be informed by the problem- or opportunity-statements, research questions, and annotated bibliographies shared by participants. We foresee conversation focusing on how we might address actual problems or opportunities at our home institutions knowing how research done elsewhere has addressed these issues.

After lunch on Tuesday, the small groups will report back to the larger body, before we break for some downtime to enjoy the Wildacres facilities (which include several hiking trails). Participants will reconvene for dinner, another panel discussion, and an evening social.

Wednesday morning, after breakfast, we will gather for a closing session. We hope that participants will leave with a more robust sense of the research that might inform a WPA’s particular response to problems or opportunities facing his/her program, as well as possible cross-institutional research opportunities.

Registration and Cost

The registration price of $165 includes lodging and 5 meals at Wildacres, as well as all conference materials. The registration deadline is August 31 with no refunds after September 7. Prior to September 7, you may cancel and receive a full refund.

We anticipate that space will be limited. We will maintain a waiting list if you pay the registration fee, which will be returned in full if no openings become available.  Send your check with the accompanying registration form to the CWPA Treasurer, Nancy Barendse at:

Nancy Barendse
Charleston Southern University
P.O. Box 118087
Charleston, SC 29423-8087


Questions or Comments?

Contact Jessie Moore, CWPA Web and List Manager, at Elon University (jmoore28@elon.edu).

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