CAWS Past Events

Fifthteenth Campus Alberta Writing Studies (CAWS) Colloquium Program

Location: Studio A Taylor Institute for Teaching and Learning University of Calgary
Hosted by Jo-Anne Andre (U Calgary) and Sarah Banting (Mount Royal U)            

Date: April 28, 2017

Program Overview:

1:30 pm — Registration and greetings

1:45 pm — Panel 1: Experiments in Teaching
                  Sharren Patterson (Mount Royal University)
                  Melissa Jacques (UBC-Okanagan)
                  Jane Chamberlin (University of Calgary)

2:30 pm — Institution-wide approaches to writing program delivery
                  Roger Graves (University of Alberta) 

3:15 pm — Break

3:30 pm — Panel 2: Efforts in Teaching and Writing
                  Tania Smith (University of Calgary)
                  Faye Halpern (University of Calgary)
                  Anna Chilewska (University of Alberta)

4:30 pm — Keynote: Research Papers as Academic Dishonesty
                  Karen Manarin (Mount Royal University)

Abstract: Composition specialists have fretted about the nature of the research paper for decades. In this presentation, I argue that the traditional research paper assignment seems to be promoting a type of academic dishonesty, a parody of academic activity. 

5:45 pm — Dinner
                  (Courtesy of the Taylor Institute for Teaching and Learning) 

Fourteenth Campus Alberta Writing Studies (CAWS) Colloquium

Location: Rooms 5-137 and 5-158, Building 5 (the 105th St. Building, ground floor
                 MacEwan University (City Centre Campus): 10700 - 104 Ave, Edmonton, Alberta

               *Surface parking available just behind and beside Bldg. 5; underground parking under Bldg. 6.
                Campus map/parking info: 

Date and Time: Tuesday, May 17th,  2016, 10:30 am-6:30 p.m.

 Program Overview:

10:30 - 12:00 pm — Workshop with Dr. Sandra Jamieson: "Engaging research: Helping Students Select 

                                 and Read Academic Sources for Research Papers" (courtesy MacEwan Faculty 

                                 Development, Centre for Advancement of Faculty Excellence, and Dept. of English)

                                 *Separate registration required

                                 Room 5-137

12:00 - 1:00 pmBreak--Lunch on one’s own if desired

1:00 - 1:30 pmCoffee, tea, and refreshments (courtesy Dept. of English and Faculty of Arts & Science) 

                             Room 5-137

1:30 - 2:30 pm— Keynote address: Dr. Sandra Jamieson Room 5-158

2:30 - 3:00 pm— Coffee Break (courtesy Dept. of English and Faculty of arts & Science) 5-137

3:00 - 5:30 pm— Welcome, CAWS Presentations, and Discussion 5-138

5:30 - 6:30 pm— Dinner (courtesy Dept. of English and Faculty of arts & Science) 5-137

Speakers and abstracts:

1:30 - 2:30 Keynote Address: Room 5-158
Dr. Sandra Jamieson: "Creating Conversations: What Happens When Students Don't Research and Write with a Purpose"

2:30 - 3:00 Coffee Break: 5-137

3:00-5:30 Colloquium Presentations and Discussion: 5-158

Presentation 1: “The Resourceful Writer: Research, Write, Cite, Repeat”
Roger Graves (Professor, Department of English and Film Studies; Director, Centre for Teaching and Learning, University of Alberta)

WRS 102, Writing in the Disciplines at the University of Alberta, begins with the premise that writing at a university level requires students to find, integrate, and cite sources in their written assignments. We do this through a process of four iterative assignments that take students from 1. descriptive/reportage assignments to 2. synthesis/overviews of research to 3. argument/reflections based on research to 4. critical appraisals of research-based sources. Because students get feedback from peers and teaching assistants throughout the course (every student can read and comment on the draft of every other student online; there are 200 students in the course), students also develop a keen sense of what makes a "good" source through these comments and responses. As many as 30% of the students in the course are upper-division (third or fourth year students), and the comments from these students often help the first-year students understand issues related to the quality of sources and the way to integrate sources into their arguments. By the end of the term, students have written four assignments and used as many as 30-40 sources. This iterative and scaffolded process helps builds competency in using sources to communicate effectively in university writing assignments.

Presentation 2: “Early-Stage Undergraduate Research Writing and Peer Input: The Conference-Style Seminar”
Sarah Copland (Assistant Professor, Dept. of English, MacEwan University)

This paper presents a method for helping students to engage substantively in writing with their research sources and then share research writing that is at an early stage (in other words, part of an ongoing—for example, semester-long—research project) and thus requires feedback—in ways that invite meaningful peer, as well as instructor, input. The conventional conference-style panel, in which participants make 15- or 20-minute presentations to an audience and field questions thereafter, is designed for disseminating completed research writing, rather than early-stage writing, and Q&A sessions tend to involve only a handful of interested parties. This presentation introduces the conference-style seminar I adapted from the Modernist Studies Association’s annual conference in order to achieve my goals in undergraduate classes with 20-30 students who are undertaking research projects, whether these projects are senior-level assignments of literary criticism or first-year persuasive essays on topics as diverse as academic integrity, sexual violence, urban gardening, child and youth obesity, or Canadian content regulations in radio and television programming.

Lightning Storm Presentations:

  • Christina Grant (Writing Studies Instructor and PhD student, UAlberta): "Teaching multilingual (and all) student writers research writing—‘Never Assume!’" 
  • Stephen Kuntz (Associate Director of the Student Success Centre, UAlberta): "Colour Coding your Way to Clarity and a Voice" 
  • Anna Chilewska (Writing Studies and English Instructor, UAlberta and MacEwan University): “ How to encourage writing interest and writing collaboration between native and non-native speakers of English in writing classes”

Presentation 3: "Student Perspectives on Teaching Academic Integrity and Research Writing"
Paul Sopcak (Academic Integrity Coordinator, MacEwan University)

In this presentation, Paul will present results of surveys conducted at MacEwan University which looked at Macewan's culture of academic integrity. Specifically, he will present the students' perspective on how to effectively teach the academic integrity skills related to effective research writing.

5:30 - 6:30

Dinner, courtesy of Dept. of English and Faculty of Arts and Science
Room 5-137

Register to attend the CAWS colloquium and/or the morning workshop by emailing Pam Farvolden (   

Thirteenth Campus Alberta Writing Studies Colloquium

Date and Time: 
Friday, September 25th, 2015, 2:30pm - 6:30pm

2:30 - 2:55 pm—Coffee and treats (courtesy of the Office of the Vice president Student Life) 2:55 - 5:30 pm—Welcome, Presentations, and Discussion 5:30 - 6:30 pm—Supper (courtesy of the Office of the Vice president Academic)


  • Stephen Kuntz (Associate Director of the Student Success Centre, U of Alberta), Rob Desjardins (Graduate Writing Advisor), and Mebbie Bell (Associate Director, Learning Resources): “When Writing isn’t Just about Writing”
  • Lucie Moussu (Director of the Centre for Writers, U of Alberta): “Long Night Against Procrastination – Why Your Writing Centre Should Organize One Next Year”
  • Anna Chilewska (Writing Studies Instructor, U of Alberta): “Living according to my time planner: or how I survived being the Interim Director at the Centre for Writers”
  • Lightning Storms: What’s on our minds about Writing and Writing/Learning Centres?
    Storm 1:
    * Dalbir Sehmby (U of Alberta) “Evaluating Deskside Manner”
    * Amy Feaver (King’s U) “Less vs. Fewer, and other common mathematical writing errors”
    * Ted Bishop (U of Alberta) “The Writer’s Progress (from the Slough of Despond to the Pinnacle of Achievement)”

    Storm 2:
    * Sheena Wilson (Director of the Bilingual Writing Centre, Campus Saint-Jean)
    * Craig Peterson and Deanna Mason (Writing Centre, Augustana)
    * Geneve Champoux (Team Lead, Student Learning Services and Programming, MacEwan U)
    * Liz Fulton-Lyne and Kerry Taillefer (NorQuest College)
  • Questions and discussion of Writing/Learning Centres

Location: N101 (Ground Floor, North Academic Building). The King's University, 9125 - 50 Street, Edmonton, Alberta T6B

Organizer: Elizabeth Wilson Gordon, English, The King's University

Twelfth Campus Alberta Writing Studies Colloquium

Date and Time: 
Friday, April 10, 2015, 1:30pm - 6:30 pm

1:30 pm—Coffee, tea, and refreshments served, courtesy of Bissett School of Business 2:00 pm—Distinguished speaker Andrea Lunsford, courtesy of the Faculty of Arts 3:00 pm—CAWS Colloquium Presentations and Discussion 6:00 pm—Dinner served, courtesy of the Faculty of Arts


  • Andrea Lunsford, Past Director, Program in Writing and Rhetoric, Stanford University, Faculty of Arts Distinguished Speaker 2015 (EA 1031)
  • Student panelists: Erin Fijal, Alexander Morrison, Andrea Rudkin, Kyle Smylie,
    MRU Facilitator and respondent: Bill Bunn and Randy Schroeder, English,
    “On Buying In, Feeling Constrained, and Writing the ‘I’: Student Perspectives on Being Taught to Write”

    “Lightning Storms: What’s On Our Minds in Teaching, Research, Administration”
    Storm 1: Laura Davis & Roger Davis (Red Deer C); Audrey Habke (MRU); Roger Graves & Heather Graves (U of Alberta)
    Storm 2: Karen Manarin (MRU), Jenna Butler (Red Deer C), April McGrath (MRU); Betsy Sargent (U of Alberta)
  • Pamela Farvolden, English, MacEwan U, “A Multi-Stage Approach to Teaching Research Basics”
  • Sarah Banting, English, Mount Royal U, “Questioning the Genres of ‘University’ Writing—Revisited”

Location: EA 3001 (colloquium) and EA 1031 (Andrea Lunsford’s talk), East Arts Building Mount Royal University, Lincoln Park Campus

Organizer: Sarah Banting, English, Mount Royal University

Eleventh Campus Alberta Writing Studies Colloquium

Date and Time:
Friday, September 26th, 2014, 2:30--5 pm

2:00 pm—Coffee, tea, and refreshments served, courtesy of Writing Across the Curriculum
5:00 pm—Dinner served, courtesy of the Office of the Provost and Vice-President (Academic)

Saturday, September 27, 2014, 10am - 1pm—Workshop with Elizabeth Wardle

9:30 am—hot breakfast provided for all participants plus copies of Downs and Wardle’s text, Writing about Writing, both courtesy of Elizabeth Wardle’s publisher, Macmillan Education/ Bedford/St Martin’s. 


  • Anna Chilewska, Writing Studies, University of Alberta, “Spaces of Possibilities: Computer Technology and Student Writing” 
  • Roger Graves and Daniel HarveyWriting Studies, University of Alberta,  “True GwRIT: Gamifying the teaching of writing” 
  • Elizabeth Wardle, Chair, Department of Writing and Rhetoric, University of Central Florida, Co-author/editor of Writing About Writing (Bedford St. Martin’s),  “Teaching to Encourage Writing-Related Knowledge Transfer”— Guest speaker courtesy of KIAS (Kule Institute for Advanced Study, University of Alberta) Kule Dialogue Grant
  • Saturday, Sept. 27— 10 am- 1 pm— Workshop with Elizabeth Wardle, courtesy of KIAS Kule Dialogue Grant: “Exploring the Threshold Concepts of Writing Studies”

Location:  Prairie Room, Lister Conference Centre, for all events Friday and Saturday
Organizers: Lucie Moussu, Jonathan Gordon, Betsy Sargent, Writing Studies, University of Alberta 

Tenth Campus Alberta Writing Studies Colloquium

Date and Time:
Friday, April 25th, 2014, 2:30--7 pm, Dinner provided by Department of Communication and Culture, University of Calgary


  • Doug Brent, Dept. of Communication and Culture, University of Calgary, “Learning from Librarians: What Writing Studies Can Learn from Literature on Information Literacy”
  • Sarah Banting, English Dept., Mount Royal University, Calgary, “Seeking Genre Models of 'University Writing'”
  • April McGrath, Dept. of Psychology, Mount Royal University, Calgary, “Writing and Revising in a First-Year Seminar: Examining Moments of Clarity and Confusion”
  • Tania Smith, Dept. of Communication and Culture, University of Calgary, “Preparing Students to Write Blogs as Assignments”

Location:Social Science (SS) Building, Room 217, University of Calgary 

Organizer: Jo-Anne Andre, Dept. of Communication and Culture, University of Calgary

Ninth Campus Alberta Writing Studies Colloquium

Date and Time:
Friday, September 20th, 2013, 4–7 pm, dinner provided by Concordia University College of Alberta 


  • Christina Grant, University of Alberta, “Ways to Help Them Better: A Study of an All-ESL Tutor-supported First-Year Writing Studies Course”  
  • Anna Chilewska, University of Alberta, “Writing with Computers and the Leroy Family” 
  • Conrad van Dyk, Concordia University College of Alberta, “Giving Audio Feedback in Essay Grading" 

Location: Concordia University College of Alberta, Edmonton (Hole Academic Centre 207) Organizer: Conrad van Dyk, Concordia University College of Alberta

Eighth Campus Alberta Writing Studies Colloquium

Date and Time:
Thursday April 25th,2013, 3:00 – 7:00 pm, catered meal provided courtesy of Red Deer College.

Event Program: Limited Ink --At the Edges of the Twelve-Week Writing Course


  • Nancy batty, Red Deer College: “It's not about the length: taking the words 'twelve weeks' out of the twelve-week junior English course.”
  • Amy Becker, Red Deer College:“Writing at/the Horizon?: Pedagogical Implications of Writing Centre Autoimmunity.”
  • Roger Davis,Red Deer College: “First-Year Composition and Academic Integrity.”
  • Linda Revie,Red Deer College: “First-Year Composition as Apprenticeship.”

Location: Room 2905, Red Deer College, Red Deer, Alberta

Organizers: Laura Davis, English Faculty at Red Deer College

Seventh Campus Alberta Writing Studies Colloquium

Date and Time:
Thursday September 20th,2012, 4:00 – 8:00 pm, catered meal provided.


  • Liv Marken, University of Saskatchewan: “Orienting New International Students to University-Level Writing … in Four Hours or Less? ”
  • Lichun Liang, Gansu Lianhe University (China) and Craig Peterson, University of Alberta, Augustana Campus:“Survivor (Academic) English”
  • Heather Graves, University of Alberta, North Campus: “Rhetoric and the Ontology of Facts in Science”

Location: University of Alberta, Augustana Campus, Roger Epp Conference Room (2-004) Forum building

Organizers: Roxanne Harde, Writing-Centre Steering Committee and Associate Dean of  Research, Augustana Faculty; and Craig Peterson, Director of Augustana Writing Centre

Sixth Campus Alberta Writing Studies Colloquium

Date and Time:
Thursday April 26th, 2012, 4:00 - 7:00 pm, buffet dinner provided


  • Lucie Moussu, University of Alberta: “Expectations of ESL students vs. Writing Centre Pedagogy”
  • David Slomp, University of Lethbridge: “Challenges and Possibilities in Assessing the Development of Writing Ability”
  • Betsy Sargent, University of Alberta: “Assessing Assessment: Integrating a Writing Strategies Inventory into the Writing Studies 101 Curriculum at University of Alberta”

Location: Athabasca University (Calgary location), 3rd Floor, 1040 7Ave. SW

Organizers: Linda McCloud-Bondoc, Write Site Coordinator, Office of the Vice President Academic, Athabasca University

Fifth Campus Alberta Writing Studies Colloquium

Date and Time:
Friday September 30th, 2011, 3:30 pm, followed by a buffet dinner


  1. Roger Graves, Susan Chaudoir, and Dan Harvey, University of Alberta: “Writing, Curriculums, and Disciplines in Canadian Higher Education”
  2. Jo-Anne André, University of Calgary, and Roger Graves, University of Alberta: “Writing course requirements across BSc nursing programs in Canada: Who's doing what and why it matters”

Location: Campus Saint-Jean, University of Alberta, Edmonton

Organizers: Sheena Wilson, Univerity of Alberta 

Fourth Campus Alberta Writing Studies Colloquium

Date and Time:
Tuesday, May 3, 2011 3:00-8:00 pm


  1. Andrea Williams, Bissett School of Business, Mount Royal University: “Teaching Collaborative Writing: What We Know, How We Can Use It in the Classroom, and What We Still Need to Learn”
  2. Barbara Schneider, University of Calgary: “Blogging Homelessness: Foucault's Technologies of the Self”
  3. Jon Gordon, Anna Chilewska, and Christina Grant, University of Alberta: “Exploring Exploring Writing: How Students Respond to a Writing-about-Writing Approach in a First-Year Writing Course” 
        a. Jon Gordon and Anna Chilewska-- "Cree Students Writing About Writing in English; Or, What I  Learned Teaching Writing Studies at Maskwachees Cultural College"
        b. Christina Grant-- "Multilingual Students Writing About Writing in English: Or, What I Learned Teaching Writing Studies in an All-ESL Section at U of A" 
        c. Jon Gordon, Anna Chilewska, and Christina Grant-- "Exploring Writing About Writing: WRS 101 at the U of A"

Location: University of Calgary

Organizers: Doug Brent, Univerity of Calgary 

Third Campus Alberta Writing Studies Colloquium

Date and Time:
Friday, September 17th, 3:00-8:00 pm

“Inclusive Rhetorical Practices & Uses of Silence in the Classroom” (Workshop led by Dr. Cheryl Glenn)
Friday, September 17, 2010 at 3:00 PM
Campus Alberta Writing Studies (CAWS) Reception for Dr. Cheryl Glenn
Friday, September 17, 2010 at 5:00 PM
“The Politics of Teaching Writing” (Public Lecture by Dr. Cheryl Glenn)
Friday, September 17, 2010 at 7:00 PM

Grant MacEwan University (see links for precise locations)

Dr. Cheryl Glenn
(The Pennsylvania State University)

Evening panelists, in addition to Dr. Glenn:
Dr. Lucie Moussu
(Director, U of A Centre for Writers)
Dr. Linda McCloud-Bondoc
(Write Site Coordinator, Athabasca University)
Dr. Don Perkins
(English and Film Studies, U of A)

Reception courtesy of Grant MacEwan University.

Dr. Pam Farvolden, Grant MacEwan University
Dr. Jillian Skeffington, Grant MacEwan University

An all-day workshop for current and future teachers was led the following day by Dr. Glenn on the University of Alberta campus and many CAWS members attended that event as well: 
“Teaching Writing/Teaching with Writing”(Workshop led by Dr. Cheryl Glenn)
Saturday, September 18, 2010 at 9:00 AM

Second Campus Alberta Writing Studies Colloquium

Date and Time:
Wednesday, April 14th, 5:00-7:00 pm

Room 1328, Arts Centre, Red Deer College


Doug Brent ,
University of Calgary "Learning Transfer--Are We Expecting Too Much?"

Heather Graves,
University of Alberta "Do All Disciplines Argue in the Same Way?"

Linda McCloud-Bondoc, Athabasca University
Laura Davis, Red Deer College

Food and drink courtesy of Red Deer College and Athabasca University.

First Campus Alberta Writing Studies Colloquium

Date and Time: Thursday, December 17, 2009 - 3:30 PM

Humanities Centre 4-29, University of Alberta, Edmonton


Jill McClay,
Faculty of Education, U of A "Research on the teaching of writing in Canadian middle-grades classrooms: Case Studies and the National Picture"

Jillian Skeffington,
Grant MacEwan University "From first-year requirement to program of study: Developing a discipline of writing studies in the States"

Betsy Sargent, University of Alberta
Jill McClay, University of Alberta
Pam Farvolden, Grant MacEwan University 

Food and drink courtesy of Writing Initiatives, University of Alberta

First Campus Alberta Writing Studies Potluck Supper:

Date and Time:
Thursday, August 20, 2009 5:30 - 9 pm

Victoria Plaza, Social Room -- First Floor, 11710 100th Avenue, Edmonton, AB T5K 2G3

Betsy Sargent, University of Alberta

Pam Farvolden, Grant MacEwan University