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Future of Writing Symposium

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Future of Writing Symposium

Pedagogy, Process, Potential

9am-5pm PDT, May 1, 2023

in person and online

University of Southern California

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The Writing Program at the University of Southern California and the Annenberg School of Communication and Journalism invite you to The Future of Writing: A Symposium for Teachers, a one-day event in which we look down the road to what is coming next.

Join lively interactive sessions on the future of writing with a full slate of in-person and virtual Speakers, Panels, and Workshops on topics from first-year college writing to journalism, from professional to creative writing. Explore the ever-changing norms of digital pedagogy and envision how our choices will shape the classroom praxis of the decade ahead.

Free Registration

This year’s theme: INTERACTIVITY

Keynotes and Plenaries:

Maha Bali:

Maha Bali is a professor of practice at the Center for Learning and Teaching at The American University in Cairo (AUC). She has a PhD in education from the University of Sheffield, United Kingdom. She co-founded virtually connecting, a grassroots movement that challenges academic gatekeeping at conferences. Also, Bali is a co-facilitator of Equity Unbound; an equity-focused, open, connected intercultural learning curriculum, which has also branched into academic community activities. Such activities are Continuity with Care, Socially Just Academia, a collaboration with OneHE: Community-building Resources and MYFest, an innovative three-month professional learning journey.

Jeremy Douglass:

Jeremy Douglass is an Associate Professor of English at University of California, Santa Barbara. Dr. Douglass conducts research on interactive narrative, electronic poetry, and games, with a particular focus on applying the methods of software studies, critical code studies, and information visualization to the analysis of digital texts. Professor Douglass has been supported by agencies including the NEH Office of Digital Humanities, MacArthur Foundation, Mellon Foundation, ACLS, Calit2, HASTAC, and NERSC.

Featured Presenter: Anna Mills

Anna Mills teaches writing at College of Marin and previously taught at City College of San Francisco for 17 years. Her collection “AI Text Generators and Teaching Writing: Starting Points for Inquiry” is featured in the Writing Across the Curriculum Clearinghouse; it includes a curated collection of articles, a set of sample AI essays, and a list of strategies for mitigating educational harms associated with large language models. She has also written an Open Educational Resource (OER) textbook, How Arguments Work: A Guide to Writing and Analyzing Texts in College, which has been used at over 45 colleges. Anna’s essays have appeared in journals such as Inside Higher Ed, The Writer’s Chronicle, and The Sun.


Sponsored by the University of Southern California Dornsife Writing Program, USC Marshall Business Communication Department, Viterbi Engineering in Society Program, the Annenberg School of Journalism and Communication, USC Libraries’ Ahmanson Lab, Levan Institute, and the Humanities and Critical Code Studies Lab & The Electronic Literature Organization