Panel Chairs: Because several participants will be presenting for the first time, please help keep the panels on track.  Introductions should be brief, and the presentations kept to the agreed time limits.  Also, please moderate the group discussions.  Many thanks!

Panels offer 75 minutes for presentations and discussion.  In determining how long your presentation should be, please keep in mind that the panel as a whole should reserve at least 20 minutes for the discussion that is the heart of this conference.  More, if possible.  Because many different disciplines are represented here, we welcome a variety of presentational styles.

Workshops also offer 75 minutes, and they highlight the conference theme of "Research in the Making."  The plenary speakers have offered to facilitate the various workshops scattered throughout the program.  Rather than reading a full paper, presenters should summarize their work in 6-8 minutes to spark discussion.  In particular, if presenters will highlight questions they may have, then workshop participants and facilitators can better provide feedback. Presenters might consider bringing a handout with an abstract and contact information so that people network after the conference.  The workshops are also intended to allow people with like interests to talk through issues central to our research agendas.

Caucuses are lunchtime events that allow people to build networks and plan future action. On Saturday, the National Research Initiative Caucus responds to recent calls for writing educators to consider nationwide research projects, and/or to begin connecting local research projects to a more national conversation about what our research is telling us about effective writing pedagogy.  On Sunday, the California Caucus brings together people affected by recent changes in the various California Writing Assessments, and it encourages researchers to develop cross-institutional research projects and other forms of mutal suppport.


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