Academic Writing in a Global World: Current Challenges and Future Perspectives

The Association of Academic Writing Experts “National Writing Centres Consortium“ (NWCC) is inviting academic writing experts, directors of writing centres, writing tutors, and a wide range of passionate ESAP/ EAP/ ERPP teachers to participate in the conference Academic Writing in a Global WorldCurrent Challenges and Future Perspectives that will take place on October 19-20, 2018.

The NWCC Conference is a vibrant space for academic writing specialists to work collaboratively, consider various strategies for better writing, exchange opinions, and work out solutions. This framework is bound to promote a more systematic approach to writing centre pedagogy in Russia, to encourage debate about teaching and learning academic writing,  to stimulate tutor training and knowledge transfer, and to facilitate exchange ideas among writing centres.

The topics of interest are academic and research writing and the development of writing centres.

CONFERENCE OBJECTIVES

  • Raising awareness of best practices and international standards of writing centres
  • Providing networking opportunities for writing center administrators and staff
  • Creating a favourable environment for both professional growth of academics and scholarly communication throughout Russia
  • Enhancing further professional growth of Russian academic writers

The Conference participants are invited to discuss the following QUESTIONS:

  • How can writing centers promote academic literacy?
  • What best practices can be communicated to the colleagues?
  • How can your clients’ needs be translated into research?
  • What resources/ events can foster a sustainable development of writing centres?
  • How can a writing center engage other stakeholders in the internationalization of education in Russia?
  • How can writing centers as change agents transform institutional attitudes to writing in the curricula?
  • How can the Consortium empower writing center tutors and teachers of writing?

The NCWC Conference Call for Papers is focused on the development of academic and research writing at the university level and beyond, disseminating knowledge about teaching methodology for writing, writing center administration, and writing centre pedagogy. The NWCC will host the event, giving the participants space for plenaries, regular sessions, workshops, panel discussions, round tables, Q&A stations, and posters.

Speakers have to register online and submit an abstract (300 words) by 10 September, which will be peer-reviewed. The selected candidates will be announced by 24 September. Selected abstracts will be published in the Journal of Academic Literacy and Research Skills (JALRS), which is an international peer-reviewed journal launched by the National Consortium of Writing Centers.

 

PROGRAM

 

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 19

9:00 CONFERENCE REGISTRATION
09:30 OPENING KEYNOTE SESSION
10:30 COFFEE BREAK
11:00 PARALLEL SESSIONS

·          TRANSFORMATION

·          EMPOWERMENT

·          DEVELOPMENT

12:00 LUNCH
13:00 KEYNOTE SESSION
14:00 NETWORKING SESSIONS AND COFFEE BREAK
15:00 PARALLEL SESSIONS

·          ENGAGEMENT

·          RESEARCH

·          LITERACY

WORKSHOP (COMMUNICATION)

The Journal of Academic Literacy and Research Skills (JALRS): Unique Opportunity for Writers

If you have some ideas to communicate to the readers of the journal, choose a specially designed workshop to develop your skills of writing for publication. The objective of the workshop is to help potential journal authors to shape up your journal publication.

Moderator: Svetlana Suchkova

Program:

Introduction to the JARLS scope, requirements, and submission procedure.

Drafting your article to meet the journal requirements – participants individual work.

Trying the text on the readers: guided peer review – pair work.

Strategies for text editing – Svetlana Suchkova

Q&A session – Svetlana Suchkova, Elena Bazanova, Mark Krzanawski, Robert Cote

Workshop pre-requisite

Bring a draft of your potential article. You may also want to bring your own mobile device.

17:00 KEYNOTE SESSION

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 20

9:00 CONFERENCE REGISTRATION
09:30 KEYNOTE
10:30 COFFEE BREAK
11:00 PARALLEL SESSIONS

·          TRANSFORMATION

·          EMPOWERMENT

·         DEVELOPMENT

12:00 LUNCH
13:00 KEYNOTE
14:00 NETWORKING SESSIONS AND COFFEE BREAK
15:00 PARALLEL SESSIONS

·          ENGAGEMENT

·          RESEARCH

·          LITERACY

Speaking of Ideas: How to talk to anybody about your complicated research (COMMUNICATION)

Take a challenge to communicate your complex research ideas to people outside your field. It is your chance to share ideas and highlight the impact of your investigation on the society. Prepare to give a ten-minute presentation and answer questions about your research.

Selection Requirements

To participate in the Research Story Telling Competition you have to

·         register on the site

·         write a synopsis of your research results in a plain language to make it accessible to lay people (500 words)

·         write a short bio, indicating your institution, topic of interest, and how and why you have chosen it

A surprise is there for the winner!

16:30 CLOSING KEYNOTE SESSION