Monthly Archives: March 2009

Tongue and Ink conference

Please remind your students to pre-register for the Tongue and Ink Conference at IWU on April 3-4.  I recommend sending them to the Euphemism site ( for information about keynotes, workshop/panels, and instructions for registration. Students can register at the conference site on April 3 and 4, but pre-registration helps us get some sense of who’s coming.

A few things about the conference to know:
1.  It’s free!

2. There will be a shuttle from the Alamo II parking lot to IWU for daytime conference events.

3. everyone is welcome: undergraduates, graduate students, community members.

4. we have some great workshops offered by ISU faculty– Amy Robillard, Amy Riddle, Hilary Justice, and Ricardo Cortez Cruz– and IWU faculty on fan fiction,  micro-fiction, songwriting, sampling music in fiction, and personal essays.  The conference is a great opportunity for students both to hear great writing and write their own stuff.

5.  There’s also a workshop on spirituality and writing  offered by local poets Judith Valente and Charlie Reynard.

6. The Euphemism spring reading/launch will happen at the conference on Sat. night (April 4) at 7 pm at the Hansen Student Center.  In addition, there there will be a slam at the Hansen Center on Friday night at 8:30.

7.  Euphemism is heading up the E-publication for the conference– every conference attendee is encouraged to send a piece for publication on the Euphemism site.  Submission instructions on the euphemism site (see above)

As mentioned in my last blog post, there is a national project called the Digital Archive of Literacy Narratives and Dr. Bob McLaughlin, who runs Sigma Tau Delta on campus, has asked for volunteers who might help collect these narratives from English and other majors during the English studies symposium next Thursday. All you’d have to do is wo/man the digital equipment I have (easy enough – you’ve all seen it before) during the lunch period from 12-1 in STV 401 and help (by pushing the record button) users record their literacy narratives. (Read the website for more info on what this means.) You’re welcome to record your own as well. I will be there for part of the time to set up. This is next Thursday, March 26. Please email me or leave a comment here if you want to volunteer. Trust me, it’ll be FUN! And you get to contribute to a national project that is collecting all these narratives for research purposes. Let me know ifyou have questions. Easiest way to reach me while I’m in San Diego is through FB or my blog, as sending email is kinda backwards while I’m away.

more resources of interest

The Digital Literacy Narrative Archives at Ohio State. This project is in the beginning stages, but includes literacy narratives in a variety of media from African American Women University Professors, undergraduate students of color, social activists, and deaf and hard-of-hearing contributors. They also welcome anyone to upload your own literacy narrative.

a useful citation

All, there’s an article out in the December issue of one of the main print journals in rhetoric and composition that speaks directly to knowing digital media production tools. You might find it of interest.

Rice, Jenny Edbauer. (2008). Rhetoric’s Mechanics: Retooling the Equipment of
Writing Production. College Composition and Communication, 60(2), 366–387.

It’s available through Milner library.

some nuggets

Things I’ve been meaning to post: