Conference: Writing Research in the Making
University of California, Santa Barbara
February 5-6, 2005

What can educators do to assure the success of student writers?  How will the new SAT essay exam, 4th- and 7th-grade Writing Assessments, and No Child Left Behind shape future writing instruction?  How are technologies such as the Internet changing what it means for reporters, government officials, employees, community members, family members, business leaders and academics to read and write?

These are some of the questions that have inspired the national conference, Writing Research in the Making (University of California, Santa Barbara, February 5-6, 2005).  The conference will bring together writing educators at all levels, kindergarten through university, from across the nation and from other nations.  Its purpose is to provide opportunities for writing specialists to exchange ideas about how best to learn more about and address the issues that face today's writers.  By bringing together researchers from different disciplines, the conference will encourage the development of new perspectives and new research methods.

Writing Research in the Making will offer over 100 panel presentations and workshops, book exhibits by leading publishers of composition textbooks and writing research, and an opening night reception. Fourteen featured speakers will anchor the conference with presentations on their latest work.  They include Charles Bazerman (UCSB) on the current status of Writing Studies; Richard Sterling and Paul LeMahieu (Executive Director, and Director of Research for the National Writing Project) on the National Writing Project's partnerships, programs, and results; Andrea Lunsford (Stanford University), Deborah Brandt (University of Wisconsin-Madison), and Lee Ann Carroll (Pepperdine University) on long-term studies of how writers develop; George Hillocks (professor emeritus, University of Chicago) with a report on research on writing classrooms; Tom Fox (California State University-Chico) on the role that school literacy plays in the lives of children in rural and poor areas; Cezar Ornatowski (San Diego State University) on  rhetoric and nation; Paul Prior (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign) on revising the five rhetorical canons; Caroline Haythornthwaite (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign) and Karen J. Lunsford (UCSB) on the challenges of doing collaborative research; and Susan Jarratt (UCI) and Susan McLeod (UCSB) on a cross-institutional study of University of California student writers.  Over 250 participants are expected to attend the 2-day event which will also include caucus meetings on a national research initiative, and energizing research partnerships in California education. The full conference program is available at

The conference is sponsored by the Gevirtz Graduate School of Education and the Writing Program at the University of California at Santa Barbara, the South Coast Writing Project, the UCSB Graduate Division, and UCSB's Interdisciplinary Humanities Center. The meeting is being held in coordination with the National Writing Project and California Writing Project Director's meetings.  Most conference sessions will be held on the UCSB campus in Phelps Hall; the featured speakers will present in Buchanan Hall 1910. Registration for the conference is still open.  To receive a discount on the registration fees, please send in your registration form by no later than January 24, 2005.  On-site registration during the conference weekend is also possible.  For more information,  the full conference program, and the registration form, please visit the Writing Research in the Making website at

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