The First Annual Marquette University Writing Innovation Symposium

Sponsored by the Social Innovation Initiative, Marquette University Libraries,
the Center for Teaching and Learning, and the Haggerty Museum of Art


Writing education on many college and university campuses is undergoing significant changes. As a result, all of us who teach writing must respond by identifying and making the most of emerging curricular, co-curricular, and extracurricular opportunities for instruction. The first annual Writing Innovation Symposium will showcase exemplary efforts while inviting all participants to develop and share their ideas through a series of hands-on workshops. In addition, everyone who attends the Symposium will be eligible to propose an academic writing assignment for a cluster of linked contributions to the journal Prompt.

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 Us

Interested in attending? Register by January 26, 2018. The cost is $25 for graduate students and adjuncts and $100 for full-time faculty and staff. Marquette community members should contact Jenn Fishman prior to registering to receive a campus discount. 

What can participants expect to gain?

Symposium takeaways include (1) general principles and concrete models for incorporating writing and writing instruction into social innovation education ; (2) insights from experienced instructors and students; (3) opportunities to work on developing pedagogy, curricula, and/or programming, in direct collaboration with Marquette writing and innovation educators; (4) 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. For the complete schedule of events please download here.

Thursday, 2/1

9:00am Welcome and Opening Plenary
10:45am Concurrent Session #1
1:30pm Concurrent Session #2
3:00pm Town Hall
4:00pm Reception


Friday, 2/2

9:00am Concurrent Session #3
10:30am Concurrent Session #4
1:15pm Town Hall
2:30pm Closing Plenary
3:30pm Reception

Check out some of the great workshops below: 
  • A space for every body
  • Black Lives Matter and Charlottesville in college composition classroom
  • Speaking and teaming when teaching writing
  • The making of a handbook collaboration
  • When poets ask research questions, creative writing in FYC
  • Curriculum of re-imaging the first year principles
  • Re-imagining composing and authorship research writing
  • Using scholarship to teach critical literacies
  • Public writing
  • Teaching
  • Adapting fiction for aural and visual media
  • short-form writing assignment
  • Interfaith interactions: writing across religious traditions
  • curating texts, creating communities
  • integrating writing and speaking in the core curriculum
  • NJCU's composition program redesign
  • pedagogical triage in troubled times
  • evidence-based writing for mathematics