Writing Innovation Symposium Archive



Sponsored by the Social Innovation Initiative and Marquette University Libraries


Writing is a vital means of connection. It is an invitation, and it is a dare. We know that writing can be a challenge. It can also offer and embody hope. When we assign writing in our classes, we create occasions to connect, and when we engage our students in learning about writing, we help them increase their capacity to make meaningful connections both within and well beyond academic contexts.

The 2019 symposium showcases our collective efforts to connect with students across the curriculum and the extracurriculum through writing. Contributors in all program categories—concurrent sessions, workshops, displays, and maker sessions—offer concrete examples drawn from their own experiences as students, teachers, and researchers. 

Who should attend?

Educators who wish to integrate writing into their pedagogy, curricula, and/or programming. Specifically, this event is for educators who:

  • Assign and teach writing as part of formal coursework within any subject area;
  • Lead co-curricular or extracurricular programming that involves writing in any way, shape, or form;
  • Participate in (or want to learn more about) social entrepreneurship and social innovation.

Join Symposium Workshops

Through January 15th, we are taking applications for all four symposium workshops: 

  • From Outcome to Assignment: Designing Aligned Writing Prompts
  • Writing as Visual Note-Taking 
  • Leveraging Disciplinary Threshold Concepts in the Teaching of Writing
  • Scaffolding Undergraduate Research through Writing 

To learn more about symposium workshops, click here. Also please note: Workshop participation is considered a program role. The deadline to apply is Tuesday, January 15th. 

Register for the Symposium

Event registration is open through January 25th. Regular registration, which covers both breakfast and lunch both 1/31 and 2/1 is $25 for students, adjuncts, and emerita or emeritus faculty and $100 for full-time faculty and staff. One-day passes are also available, and a campus discount is available for Marquette community members.

What can participants expect to gain?

Symposium takeaways include (1) insights into innovative writing education; (2) opportunities to work on developing pedagogy, curricula, and/or programming, in direct collaboration with on-site writing education experts; (3) a network of colleagues from across the country who share teaching and learning goals.

Get to know Milwaukee

Want to orient yourself to Milwaukee and the Marquette campus before you arrive? Check out this map, which includes Symposium venues, the Ambassador hotel, and a host of restaurants we recommend. We also invite you to visit the Haggerty Museum, the Digital Scholarship Lab, and some of our innovation hubs. 

Schedule Overview

Events will take place in the Beaumier Suites on the Lower Level of Raynor Library unless otherwise noted. 

Thursday, 1/31

9:00am      Welcome and Opening Plenary*

10:45am    Display Session*

12pm         Lunch

1:30pm      Concurrent Session #1

                  Workshop: From Outcomes to Assignment

                  Workshop: Writing as Visual Note-Taking

3:00pm      Concurrent Session #2

4:30pm      Reception

Friday, 2/1

9:00am      Concurrent Session #3

                  Workshop: Scaffolding Undergraduate Research Through Writing

                  Workshop: Leveraging Disciplinary Threshold Concepts

10:30am    Concurrent Session #4

                  Workshops, continued

1:15pm      Town Hall

2:30pm      Closing Plenary

4pm           WI Symposium Steering Committee, Open Meeting 

Symposium Leadership


Jenn Fishman, Associate Professor of English (Marquette University)

Elizabeth Gibes, Coordinator for the Digital Scholarship Lab (Marquette University)

Kelsey Otero, Associate Director of Social Innovation (Marquette University)


Steering Committee

Jenna Green Azab, Visiting Assistant Professor of English (Marquette University)

Virginia Crank, Professor of English (University of Wisconsin-La Crosse)

Jackielee Derks, Doctoral Candidate and Graduate Teaching Assistant in English (Marquette University)

Jessie Wirkus Haynes, Doctoral Candidate and Graduate Teaching Assistant in English (Marquette University)

Sara Heaser, Instructor of English (University of Wisconsin-La Cross)

Lara Karpenko, Associate Professor of English and Director of the Carroll University Center for the Humanities (Carroll University)

Maria Novotny, Assistant Professor of English (University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh)

Patrick Thomas, Associate Professor of English (University of Dayton)

Darci Thoune, Associate Professor of English (University of Wisconsin-La Crosse),

Ann Wallace, Associate Professor of English (New Jersey City University)

Shevaun Watson, Associate Professor of English and Director of the Writing Program (University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee).

Writing Innovation Symposium 2019