Midwest Graduate Students Conference on Writing
Radical Writes:
Composition, Creative Writing, and New Media
April 11-12, 2014
Southeast Missouri State University

  • Presentation Sessions: Friday and Saturday April 11 & 12
  • Banquet and Keynote Presentation: Friday night
  • Open Mike: Friday night after the Banquet
  • Panel on Saturday: Writing Inside & Outside Academia
  • Drawings for books and prizes
  • Contest for Best Freshman-writing Essay Prompt
  • Another great line for your CV, to help you compete in today's hiring market
The conference will be held in the University Center at Southeast Missouri State University, with an Open Mike on Friday night after the banquet.

Conference Schedule

Friday, April 11, 2014

11:00 - 12:00             Registration

12:00 - 1:00               Pedagogy Workshop

1:10 - 2:25                 Session 1

            Teaching First Year Composition

'Why are we learning this stuff, anyway?': Utilizing a Service-Based Approach to Cultivate Active Learning (Clare Paniccia)

Modes of Communication: Inroads to Writing (Adriana Gonzalez)

Twenty-First Century Writing Feedback: Blogging in the Composition Classroom (Carrie Walker)

2:35 - 3:50                 Session 2

            Instruction in Composition

Teaching Genre Awareness in a Writing About Writing course focused on Antecedent Genre (Anjali Pattanayak)

Crossing the Line: Blending Genres, Forms, and Methods in Creative Writing and Teaching (Thomas Bennitt)

Writing Memoir: Finding Inspiration in the Stories around You (Shaylin Montgomery)

4:00 - 5:15                 Session 3


Breaking Narration to Build the Narrative Poem (Catherine Duncan)

The Sounds of Visual Orchestration: A Blurring of Boundaries in Writing (Heather Lang)

Writing the Apocalypse: My Experience with Permuted Press (Breanna Bright)

5:30 - 7:30                Dinner and Keynote:  Allison Joseph and John Tribble

8:00 - 10:30              Open Mic—Walden Park Clubhouse: bring a bottle of wine and enjoy some great writing by your fellow graduate students and friends

 Saturday, April 12

9:00-10:15     Careers in Writing: Panel of Professional Writers

            Darren Burgfeld, Element 74

            Christy Milweard, reporter for KFVS12

            Travis Statler, lawyer at Statler Law Firm

            Debrah Raschke, SEMO English faculty

10:30-11:45               Session 4

            Teaching Literature

The Functions of the Fairy Tale (Brittany Colbert)

Vampires, Werewolves, and FaeOh My! Teaching the Paranormal Novel (Shana Scott)

Border Crossing: Defiance of Colonial Limitations in Native American Women's Theatre (Terri Coleman)

11:45-12:45 Lunch

12:45-2:00                 Session 5

            Collaboration in the Classroom

A Study of Social Media's Effect on Student Collaboration (September L. Hinkle and Erin N. Miller)

Problems with Today's Peer Editing (Ally Campbell)

The Power of Agency: Using the Creative Writing Workshop in the Composition Classroom (Matthew Sissom)

2:10-3:05                   Session 6

Sociocultural Inquiry: Using Nontraditional Essays In First Year Writing (Brian Pietrus)

Composition vs. Canon (Daniel Wilkens)

3:25-4:30                   Session 7

Aristotelian Aspects of Wile E. Coyote's Eternal Pursuit of the Road Runner (Marybeth Niederkorn)

The Impact of Young Adult Fiction on the Reading and Writing World (Jasmine Jobe and Jessica Nalley)


 Keynote speakers:

Allison Joseph is the author of six books of poetry. Among her awards are the John C. Zacharis First Book Prize and fellowships from the Bread Loaf and Sewanee Writers Conferences. She is editor of Crab Orchard Review and director of the SIUC MFA Program in Creative Writing. 

Jon Tribble is managing editor of Crab Orchard Review and series editor of the Crab Orchard Series in Poetry. He is the recipient of an Artist Fellowship Award in Poetry from the Illinois Arts Council and the Campbell Corner Poetry Prize from Sara Lawrence College. His poems have appeared in many top-notch journals. He teaches creative writing and literature at SIUC.

Paper proposals
Any student currently enrolled in a graduate writing program may propose a presentation. Proposal abstracts should be 300 words maximum and may cover any topic on creative, technical, new media, or composition writings, such as

  • Intersections of cross genre writing
  • Blurring boundaries in writing
  • Innovative pedagogies
  • MemWars: Defining fact and fiction
  • Creativity and composition
  • Friend Me with Your Best Shot: Social media strategies
  • It Takes a Village: Collaborative Writing and/or Collaborative Learning
  • Issues and Trends in Visual Rhetoric (documents, page layout, bookcovers, art/a/fact, etext, edesign, etc.)
Proposals are submitted electronically. The deadline for proposals is December 1, 2013. Please indicate on the registration form if you will be participating in the open mike with 5-15 minutes of reading. Send to Dr. Missy Phegley, mphegley@semo.edu, or Dr. Susan Swartwout, sswartwout@semo.edu

Registration for the two-day conference is $55. Registration forms are due before January 31, 2014.

Address: Mail registration to
Midwest Graduate Students Conference on Writing
Southeast Missouri State University
One University Plaza, MS 2650
Cape Girardeau, MO 63701

Conference Publication
Presenters are asked to send their full, revised presentation paper to the conference organizers within two weeks after the conference for consideration in the in-print publication of selected best pieces.

Contact: Dr. Missy Phegley, mphegley@semo.edu or Dr. Susan Swartwout, sswartwout@semo.edu.

Midwest Graduate Students Conference on Writing
Registration Form

Registration Fees: $55.00 USD. Final Registration Deadline: January 31, 2014.

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Contest Entry for Best Freshman English Essay Prompt.
In 300 words or less, describe your best essay prompt and its desired outcomes in terms of creativity, citizenship awareness, service, humor, or any other hoped for outcome.