Georgia Southern University

Annual composition conference accepting proposals for papers

Georgia Southern University’s Writing and Linguistics Department will host its ninth annual Student Success in First-Year Composition Conference in early 2007.

Set for Friday, Feb. 2, at the Nessmith-Lane Continuing Education Building on the Georgia Southern campus in Statesboro, the conference brings together college writing professors and high school English teachers to help bridge the gap between high school and college.

The Student Success Organizing Committee is currently accepting proposals for conference papers online at Proposals for workshops, poster sessions and roundtable topics should also be submitted through the same website.

The committee co-chairs, professors Nancy Dessommes and Kathy Albertson, seek proposals that address theory and practice in the teaching of composition. Suggested topics include, but are not limited to: successful composition teaching strategies; reading/writing connection; research practices; assessment of writing; collaborative learning strategies; multiculturalism, portfolios; and creative writing. Scholarship examining the high school/college connection is also welcome.

This conference is interdisciplinary and educators from disciplines outside of composition are encouraged to submit proposals that explore the use of student writing in other classroom subjects. High school principals, media specialists, and counselors are invited to attend.

Registration for the conference began on Sept. 5. The deadline to submit proposals is Oct. 16, and the deadline for presenters to register is Jan. 2. The early bird registration rate expires on Jan. 12.

All presenters must also register in advance for the day-long conference. The $60 fee includes lunch. Registrations may be made online or by calling the Continuing Education Center at (912) 681-5551.

For more conference details, contact J. Marie Lutz at or (912) 871-1763.

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