I strongly agree with Anthony, Natasha and Tania re informing readers about
the discipline of Writing Studies. I further suggest mentioning both the
Inkshed conference and the CATTW conference. Both emphasize scholarship and
research. We have a scholarship and research basis to what we do and that
should be emphasized.
Thanks for all your work on this.
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From: "Tania Smith" <[log in to unmask]>
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Sent: Friday, March 21, 2008 10:45 PM
Subject: Re: Marche response: a draft beginning
> Wow, what a thoughtful and gracious response we are drafting.
> I strongly agree with Anthony and Natasha about informing readers that
> there is a discipline of Writing Studies and a significant body of
> knowledge represented by journals, conferences, departments, etc.
> I think the average teacher and administrator at most postsecondary
> institutions in Canada (especially at institutions that do not have highly
> visible academic majors/minors in the area) may still be unaware that
> "Writing" can be more than "service" to students and teachers at their own
> institution. They need to know that Writing is a discipline that concerns
> itself with writing in public and professional settings (not just
> students' academic writing), and that Canadian associations of scholars
> have long been involved in creating knowledge, providing graduate
> instruction in our field, and training advanced practitioners of written
> communication. Spreading this knowledge might make life a little easier
> for those of us who are trying to maintain and develop programs with
> visible strengths in the areas of writing and/or rhetoric.
> By naming "Writing studies" in its theme, our upcoming CATTW conference
> seems to be doing an impressive job of informing people of the growing
> area of Writing Studies and its relationship to "rhetoric, composition,
> discourse analysis, cognitive psychology, writing across the curriculum
> and writing in the disciplines, linguistics, and English studies." Inkshed
> can also do a great service to its members by making at least a small note
> of this in the response to the UA article.
> Tania Smith
> Anthony Paré wrote:
>> Hi Susan,
>> Thanks for crafting this response. I think it has the right tone and
>> content to counter Marche's well-meaning but blinkered view. University
>> Affairs isn't the place to engage in a full-length argument, and what
>> you've said will give readers pause and something to think about while
>> they're pausing. Aside from the few typos you'll catch in editing, and a
>> conclusion that might invite more dialogue, I think the piece is ready.
>> But I wonder if you might mention some of the associations, journals,
>> conferences, and university departments dedicated to the study and
>> teaching of writing in Canada and the States. We do seem to remain below
>> the radar. And how would you like to indicate authorship? As CASLL? On
>> behalf of CASLL?
>> Anthony Paré Centre for the Study and Teaching of Writing
>> Integrated Studies in Education
>> Editor, McGill Journal of Education (http://mje.mcgill.ca/index)
>> McGill University
> Tania S. Smith
> Assistant Professor
> Faculty of Communication & Culture
> University of Calgary
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