Naylor Workshop for Undergraduate Research in Writing Studies

Call for Proposals: 

Naylor Workshop for Undergraduate Research in Writing Studies

September 26 – 29, 2019
It is a pleasure to announce that the Naylor Workshop on Undergraduate Research in Writing Studies is now accepting proposals for students and mentors for the 6th annual workshop at York College of Pennsylvania. SEPTEMBER 26 -29, 2019.

In its first four years, the workshop has attracted students and mentors from nearly forty states, its participants have gone on to present at various conferences and publish their work, and we have featured leaders in the field’s undergraduate research work as plenary speakers—including Jessie Moore, Joyce Kinkead, Jess Enoch, and Laurie Grobman—and have had many other national experts serving as mentors to participants.

This year, we are thrilled to be welcoming Dr. Jane Greer as our plenary speaker.  Dr. Greer is a former editor of Young Scholars in Writing, and chairs the CCCC Committee on Undergraduate Research.  She is also a wonderful mentor to her students.

The Workshop helps undergraduate researchers in Writing Studies to move their project (which can be at any stage of development) ahead in ways that are richer, more valid, and more theoretically informed.  Attendees participate in mini-workshop sessions to learn a variety of research methods, and work closely with mentors who help them hone their project’s focus.  By the end of the workshop, attendees report, they have a much clearer path forward and a much stronger understanding of our discipline’s work.

We hope you will encourage your students who are engaged with undergraduate research projects in Writing Studies to apply.  Successful applicants also receive free room, food, registration, and funding toward travel.  They need not be writing majors—we have had successful applicants from Writing Centers, from disciplinary courses that focused on discourse analysis, from those engaged in community projects, research on creative writing and publishing, and so on. Like our field’s research, the Naylor Workshop embraces all facets of writing studies.

We also invite faculty to apply to become mentors at the workshop. Past mentors have reported that it is an intensive, exhausting, but fulfilling experience in which they work within an idealized learning space with talented students from across the country. You can join us with students or come on your own. If you have students join you, we will assign them to other mentors for the workshop so that they get multiple perspectives.

Visit the website at www.ycp.edu/naylor for more details.  There, you will find the full Call for Proposals (also attached) and instructions on how to apply as either an undergraduate researcher or a mentor.

Feel free to address any questions to Dominic DelliCarpini, Naylor Endowed Professor of Writing Studies, at dcarpini@ycp.edu.

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