Visiting Speaker Series

General Studies Writing to host Elizabeth Wardle

Wardle is Howe Professor of English and Director of the Roger and Joyce Howe Center for Writing Excellence at Miami University (Oxford, Ohio). With Doug Downs, she is the co-editor and author of Writing about Writing, an approach to teaching first-year writing as a content course to encourage transfer of knowledge. With Linda Adler-Kassner, she is co-editor of Naming What We Know. She researches knowledge transfer, writing program administration, expertise, and genre knowledge. She has published on these and other topics in various Writing Studies journals and edited collections. She regularly gives talks and workshops around the U.S. on transfer and threshold concepts, and how to design effective writing programs and courses.

Wardle will lead two presentations Thursday, January 19, 2017, in BTSU 208.

  • 9:30 - 11:00 a.m.: "Writing about Writing: How to Teach First-Year Composition to Encourage Transfer"

In this presentation, Wardle will discuss the research and experiences that led her and Doug Downs to recommend and develop what has become known as a "writing about writing" approach to first-year composition. This approach puts knowledge about writing at the center of the writing course, and enables students to draw on their own experiences and research to learn about writing in flexible and transferable ways. Wardle and the publisher, Bedford/St. Martins, will provide participants with desk copies of the newly published third edition of their textbook, Writing about Writing, and discuss strategies for teaching this material successfully to students.

  • 12:30 - 2:00 p.m.: "Naming What We Know: Identifying and Using Threshold Concepts of Writing Studies"

In this interactive presentation and workshop, Elizabeth Wardle will explain what threshold concepts are, describe the methodology informing her recent co-authored book, Naming What We Know (with Linda Adler-Kassner), and invites participates to identify threshold concepts of writing that do (or should) inform teaching and learning at Bowling Green.