Writing Innovation Symposium


History: The Writing Innovation or WI Symposium began through a campus collaboration that included Marquette's First-Year English Program, the Social Innovation Initiative, and the University Libraries. From the start, this regional event has brought together writing educators from across the country who wish to share concrete, innovative ideas about writing education, including classroom pedagogy, curriculum development, assessment, co- and extra-curricular programming, and related research. To learn more, join us at the Conference on College Composition and Communication annual convention on Thursday, March  26th. During Session  A (10:30am-11:45) we'll be hosting a roundtable titled "Creating Our Common Place: Inventing the Writing Innovation Symposium."

Leadership: At the close of the inaugural symposium, participants formed a cross-institutional steering committee, which has collaboratively undertaken subsequent programming efforts. The Steering Committee is anchored by symposium co-founders Jenn Fishman, Elizabeth Gibes, and Kelsey Otero. Current members include Jenna Green Azab (Marquette U), Lilly Campbell (Marquette U), Virginia Crank (UW-La Crosse), Jackielee Derks (Marquette U), Jessie Wirkus Haynes (Marquette U), Sara Heaser (UW-La Crosse), Lara Karpenko (Carroll U), Jennifer Kontny (Mount Mary U), Maria Novotny (UW-Milwaukee), Patrick Thomas (Dayton U), Darci Thoune (UW-La Crosse), and Shevaun Watson (UW-Milwaukee).

Sponsorship: Just Writing, the 2020 Writing Innovation Symposium, is sponsored by the Social Innovation Initiative and the Marquette University Libraries as well as several generous contributors: (from Marquette) the Center for Teaching and Learning, the Haggerty Museum of Art, and the Office of Economic Engagement; (from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee) the Department of English; (from Xavier University) TK.

Location: We are pleased to invite both first-time and returning participants to Milwaukee. Although the vagaries of local January weather discourage formal site visits, we encourage symposium participants to get to know the city and the state through the Haggerty Museum, the Digital Scholarship Lab, and some of our innovation hubs.