Undergraduate Writing Showcase

2020 Writing Showcase

May 4, 2020

(Submission Deadline was April 13, 2020)

The Writing Showcase is a conference-style event held by the University Writing Program to celebrate excellence in first-year writing. Students who participate showcase work from their WRIT course by sharing adaptations of course projects with a public audience. Normally held as a one-evening event on campus, this year’s Writing Showcase will be held online as a digital archive demonstrating the strengths of student writers. Note: The University Writing Program recognizes that these times are difficult. The Writing Showcase is being continued for students who have already submitted proposals or expressed interest in participating. Participation in this event is entirely optional. Please feel no pressure to consider participation if you are not interested. Email Brian Urias at uriasb@bgsu.edu with any questions or concerns.

Why Participate?

The Writing Showcase offers students many opportunities. Students who participate in the Showcase

  • gain experience sharing their work and knowledge in a professional environment
  • learn from and share ideas with peers
  • practice rhetorical strategies by adapting their work to different contexts and in different genres
  • receive a certificate for participation and develop their résumés
  • have a chance to win a $100 prize (Prizes sponsored in part by the Center for Undergraduate Research and Scholarship). Originally, the Writing Showcase planned to award $100 prizes for the top presentation in each of the three categories. However, not all categories were represented among the submissions. Therefore, the top three presentations, regardless of category, will be awarded a $100 prize.

What Kinds of Presentations are Featured?

Students who participate in the Writing Showcase will create digital presentations to be uploaded to a website created specifically for the Writing Showcase. Presentations for on-campus Showcases usually fall into two categories (poster presentations and panel/slideshow presentations), but the online Writing Showcases offers many other possibilities, and students are invited to imagine and propose many kinds of ways of sharing their work with others online. Possible formats include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • a digital version of a poster, with captions, a brief video, or other annotations to represent the discussion you would provide in a brief poster presentation
  • a picture of a physical poster you make, with similar captions, video, and/or annotations
  • an infographic (with captions, video, and/or other annotations)
  • a slideshow presentation
  • a brief video, for those of you who were/are interested in giving a more “traditional” presentation
  • and more
The Writing Showcase Committee wants to assure students who wish to participate in the Showcase that they will be supported in this unfamiliar process in these unfamiliar times. Members of the committee will reach out to participants to guide them as they prepare their presentations. We will be available to answer questions, provide instructions, and guide participants as they create their digital presentations. Presentation files will be due around April 28 to give the committee time to upload presentations to the website before it goes live on May 4.

How Do I Participate?

Students who are interested in applying for the 2020 Writing Showcase may submit a proposal by April 13 at 11:59 pm. Submitters will be asked to provide the following in order to submit a proposal:

  • Name and BGSU email address (including the names and BGSU email addresses of team members, if applicable)
  • Which WRIT course and semester the work to be presented is based on
  • Instructor name
  • Presentation type
  • Presentation title
  • Presentation abstract/description of just 100-200 words. Describe the topic, main points, conclusion, and the significance the presentation has for how the audience understands the topic. Attention to the significance to writing or to the presenters as writers is especially helpful.