Thursday, 29 October 2009

Re: Writing Development in Higher Education 2010 - conference announcement

2009/10/29 Dr Kathy Harrington <>

London 2010
Sustainable writing development:
Approaches and challenges

Monday 28 – Wednesday 30 June 2010

The Royal College of Physicians, Regents Park, London, UK

Hosted by the Write Now Centre for Excellence in Teaching and Learning

Call for papers preliminary announcement

Established 15 years ago, the Writing Development in Higher Education initiative has brought together practitioners and researchers from a wide range of countries, institutions and interest areas to help create the diverse and vibrant field of writing development theory and practice we have today. The 2010 WDHE conference offers a timely opportunity to take stock of these achievements and consider the challenges that still lie ahead, and to explore the theoretical and practical dimensions of the urgent challenge to sustain and embed recent innovations in writing development in higher education.
Across the university sector, the position and efficacy of writing development work varies widely, with some programmes now well-established and integral to the achievement of larger learning, teaching and research goals. In other situations progress is less visible, and it remains the case that much work is yet to be done before writing development is widely accepted and institutionally supported as a fundamental aspect of students' learning and achievement at university.  

Call for papers
Papers – workshops – symposia

The 2010 WDHE conference invites all those interested in academic writing development in higher education to contribute to the discussion of the possibilities and challenges of embedding sustainable writing development. The conference will be a place to reflect on issues of sustainability with respect to pedagogical practices that aim to enhance students' learning experience, academic writing as a research area, and programme development at institutional level. It also invites reflection on the potential unwanted consequences of embedding writing within institutional and disciplinary agendas, including concerns about a weakening or appropriation of the humanistic and critical agendas that have been a motivating factor for many who have been responsible for shaping the present field.
We invite contributions from all those who engage with writing development as part of their work in higher education:

  • subject-based academics
  • academic literacies theorists
  • learning developers
  • writing specialists
  • EAP and ESL practitioners
  • learning technologists
  • professional development staff
  • widening participation specialists
  • policy makers
  • students
  • all others who work in this field.  

We welcome contributions from the international community about their experiences in bringing about sustainable writing development in their particular contexts.  
The presentations should be research-based including:
  • reflective, practitioner-led action research
  • conceptual and theoretical papers
  • empirically-based quantitative and qualitative studies.

Abstracts should be submitted by Monday 15 January 2010. Further information about review criteria and the submission of abstracts will be available on the Write Now CETL website in November:

Kind regards,
The Organising Committee
WDHE 2010 Conference
Monday 28 – Wednesday 30 June 2010
London, UK


David Andrew
Head of Academic Practice
Educational and Staff Development: Queen Mary, University of London

Tel - 020 7882 2803 or 07986709981

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