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Conference on Creative Academic Writing (CCAW):

Exploring the Relationship between Artful Prose and Scholarly Production

Cornell University

Saturday, May 13, 2017

All graduate students are expected to become professional writers, and yet few of them get the opportunity to study writing as an art and a craft. This unusual conference is designed for people who would like to add some creative spark to their academic writing, or who would like to pursue broader-audience writing projects (or both).

Parts of the conference will be open to the public. (See the schedule below.)

In addition, up to 60 Cornell graduate students will be able to register (for free) for small writing workshops in the afternoon.

Schedule of Events:

Continental breakfast available, 8:30-9:00. Klarman Atrium.

WORDS OF WELCOME (9-9:15) Klarman Auditorium.

1. Plenary Roundtable on Artfulness for Academics (9:15-10:45).

Open to the public. Klarman Auditorium.

Sarah Ensor (English, Portland State U.)

James Goodman (History and Creative Writing, Rutgers-Newark)

Laura Martin (Harvard University Center for the Environment)

Catherine Taylor (Dept. of Writing, Ithaca College)

(Coffee Break, 10:45-11:00) Klarman Atrium.

2. Plenary Roundtable on Writing and Publishing for a “Broader” Audience (11-12:30).

Open to the public. Klarman Auditorium.

Lauren Chambliss (Communication, Cornell U.)

Amy Kohout (History, Colorado College)

Amy Reading (Independent writer and scholar)

Sandy Zipp (American Studies and Urban Studies, Brown U.)

3. Lunch (12:30-1:45). Klarman Atrium.

Reserved for Registered Workshop Participants (Up to 60 participants plus 15 workshop leaders).

4. Writing Workshops (2-4:45). Various locations around the Arts Quad.

Reserved for Registered Workshop Participants.

Each workshop will have 3-4 participants and one leader.

Participants will pre-circulate very short pieces of writing (max 1200 words). Writing will be due via email by May 1st at the latest.

5. History Slam/Happy Hour (5-7pm). Hollis E. Cornell Auditorium, Goldwin Smith Hall.

Open to the public. A chance to eat, drink, and listen to people read their creative work out loud. It’s like a poetry slam, but with “history,” defined very broadly to include any type of creative academic writing. Note: this is an open-mic event. Please consider bringing something to read! (Each reader will be limited to 5 minutes.)

Workshop Leaders: In addition to the plenary speakers listed above, the following people will also be leading afternoon workshops:

John Demos (History, Yale U.); Heather Furnas (History, Cornell U.); Brian Hall (Independent Writer); Ben Ristow (Writing and Rhetoric, Hobart and William Smith); Aaron Sachs (History, Cornell U.); Robert Vanderlan (Center for Teaching Excellence, Cornell U.); and Josi Ward (History of Architecture, Cornell U.)

Conference Organizer: Aaron Sachs, Department of History. With the much-appreciated support of Kay Stickane, Katie Kristof, Claire Perez, Joe Giacomelli, John Forester, Paul Sawyer, and George Hutchinson.

Sponsors (all at Cornell University): Historians Are Writers (HAW!); Department of History; Institute for Social Sciences; Society for the Humanities; College of Arts and Sciences; Graduate School; Knight Institute for Writing Across the Disciplines.

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