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University Writing and Research Symposium
The George Washington University
Join, and ask students to join, the 2008 Symposium Facebook group at:


For our statement on what faculty as well as students can hope to gain through participating in the University Writing and Research Symposium, jump to our Statement of Purpose below.

For first-person faculty nuggets on everything from setting up peer proposal reviews in your classroom to counting student attendance at the event, see our new "How I Do Things" page.

Links to Key Resource pages

Planning for the semester

Prepping students

  • Presentation styles - student guidelines for papers, roundtables, and poster sessions
  • The Art of Asking Questions - information for students attending and presenting on the role of audience feedback at an academic conference
  • Responding - guide for students responding to presenters, post-Symposium

Event nuts & bolts

Statement of Purpose

The First-Year Writing component of the University Writing Program at the George Washington University is committed to providing faculty with structured opportunities to have students take their writing beyond individual classrooms and to an outside audience. Many of the learning goals outlined on the UW20 template can be enhanced through having students engage public audiences.

  • Public writing creates a very real and responsive audience for students, making visible the impact of using of evidence, the possibilities for persuading audiences, and the distinction between substantiated claims and opinions.

  • Public writing helps students to establish a clear writerly purpose for their work in relation to audience expectations, and gives a point to an effectively structured argument.

  • Public writing raises the stakes for guaranteeing the integrity of student research; correct citation becomes not just a matter of demonstrating conventions to a professor, but part of the persuasive task for an actual audience.
The resources available to faculty through this site are the product of a collaborative effort of First-Year Writing Faculty over several years. And  they should be of use well beyond any given year's Symposium as materials for teaching critical thinking, framing and responding to scholarship, and public engagement.