There is now an Inkshed group on Facebook --- if --- my Chinese
connection addeded it. It seemed a bit odd.
Michael J. Ryan
2009/6/3 Betsy Sargent <[log in to unmask]>:
> Graham, thanks very much for sending the link to the Scholarly Writing
> Retreat in Portland--a great concept for a working conference.
> I certainly agree that devoting one stream of the "Inkshed day" to moving
> papers-in-progress towards publication is a terrific idea (assuming that
> those wanting to participate had sent drafts to each other before CASDW--it
> would also be a perfect opportunity for developing papers presented at CASDW
> for publication). I'd think that this particular stream would need to run
> for the full day.
> However, unlike Graham, it seems, I would particularly appreciate the
> possibility of stream #4 as described in Shurli's email:
> "4. a spill-over from CASDW for more formative inkshedding and discussion in
> response to papers or panels"
> This might not need to be a full-day stream, but perhaps one long afternoon
> session, with a break in the middle. CASDW for me (especially this year!)
> was like going to an art musuem for 8 hours straight, 3 days
> straight--trying hard to take everything in, to be alert, not to miss
> anything--but my eyes are popping out of my head & I'm on sensory overload
> at the end. Sessions begin to blur together, and I'm unable to process and
> assimilate everything.
> I'd benefit from a focused period of time right after CASDW to look through
> my notes and handouts, to inkshed about the presentations and sessions that
> challenged my thinking or my practice the most (and to inkshed about some
> possible links between different sessions--or links to my research and
> teaching), and then to read and respond to the conference inksheds of
> others. I'm sure that in participating in a few rounds of such inkshedding
> with others and talking about it together, I'd discover things I'd missed in
> CASDW (both about sessions I couldn't attend--as well as sessions I did!)
> and that I'd also return to my home institution much clearer about how I was
> going to integrate what I had heard at CASDW into my teaching, research
> and/or administrative work.
> What seems most valuable to me about Inkshed is that instead of just talking
> about writing (esp. writing as a way of thinking and exploring)--as happens
> at almost every conference about writing I know of--Inkshedders actually do
> write, actually practice what scholars in writing studies preach. They make
> the time for that rough "shaping at the point of utterance" that helps
> capture ideas in formation, glimmers and possible connections/contradictions
> that might otherwise be lost. And they take the risk of sharing that
> unpolished track of their thinking with others immediately. I also
> especially appreciate having my own inkshedding--with highlighting and/or
> marginal comments-- to take home with me, to read through later and possibly
> develop further).
> I have to say also that I like the idea of streams. Those who don't find
> inkshedding as helpful as I do (or who process information much more quickly
> and less problematically than I do) would be able to choose one of the other
> 3 streams.
> If anyone besides me would like to support the idea of including stream #4
> in the mix next year, I'm eager enough for it to happen that I'm willing to
> volunteer to facilitate/organize it (and I'd be glad for the offer of a
> I'm grateful to Roger for making sure we discussed Inkshed at CASDW and for
> his getting this online follow-up discussion started (and of course, to
> Roger and Heather and Natasha for organizing such a rich 3 days for us in
> Best, Betsy
> At 08:50 PM 6/2/2009, you wrote:
>> Just to throw something into the mix. Here's a link to a website
>> announcing the fifth annual Scholarly Writing Retreat in Portland, Oregon.
>> I've seen announcements for the earlier sessions in previous years, and
>> I've also found the concept intriguing. Now the Scholarly Writing Retreat
>> is five days long, which is obviously way too long to work as a model for an
>> Inkshed conference, but there may be some ideas that are useful for us. I
>> for one would be quite keen to spend a whole day, indeed several days even,
>> collaborating with other researcher-writers in moving papers-in-progress
>> towards publication. That could turn out to be quite productive and fun.
>> For me, and again perhaps I'm being too frank, but anyway--after spending
>> three intensive days at CASDW, an extra day or two for an Inkshed conference
>> would have to be very, very different from CASDW to be of interest. What I
>> mean is, it couldn't just be warmed-over CASDW conversations or
>> mopping-up-after-CASDW activities. For me that wouldn't be something I
>> would want to do, given the inevitable post-conference fatigue after three
>> stimulating days of CASDW.
>> So, some more grist for the mill.
>> ----- Original Message -----
>> From: Roger Graves <[log in to unmask]>
>> Date: Tuesday, June 2, 2009 5:17 pm
>> Subject: Re: Inkshed 2010
>> To: [log in to unmask]
>> > Thanks, Shurli, for this--an excellent summary of the
>> > proposals
>> > various people made.
>> > I think it is important to underscore that several of these
>> > groups
>> > could be operating at the same time or sequentially throughout
>> > the
>> > day--a workshop on WAC consulting could be scheduled alongside
>> > the
>> > publication workshop group in the morning, with two other
>> > sessions in
>> > the afternoon, for example.
>> > Since interest in Inkshed is to some extent dependent on the
>> > program
>> > of events, the list of four topics below gives us a good
>> > starting
>> > point. Are there other ideas for the program beyond these four
>> > or can
>> > others see ways to refine these--under 2., for example,
>> > what
>> > theoretical framework is of interest to our group?
>> > Environmental
>> > rhetoric?
>> > Roger
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> M. Elizabeth (Betsy) Sargent
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