Bard College Institute for Writing and Thinking Hosts Conference on the Use of Voice in Writing on April 28
The 2023 April conference focuses on IWT writing-based teaching practices rooted in the interplay of written and spoken voices to explore voice as concept, craft, and conversation. Voice, according to Peter Elbow, has become a “warm fuzzy word” that people use to describe writing they like or that does something appealing they can’t quite pinpoint. “We’re in trouble if we don’t know what we mean by the term,” he adds.
In small workshop groups, participants will work toward a clear, nuanced, and practical understanding of voice. Our work will also consider challenges and dilemmas: how can hesitant writers or students writing in a second language tap into voice? Can a strong voice get in the way of an essay’s substance or argument? How do we honor and create space for our students’ diverse voices, both spoken and written? Working together, we will aim to identify clear and transparent language that can help our students recognize, develop, and experiment with voice in their writing.
About Keynote Speaker Peter Elbow
Peter Elbow is Emeritus Professor of English at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. He has been extremely influential in the field of Composition Studies, having authored Writing with Power and other books that have transformed how writing is taught. He also played an instrumental role in the founding of Bard IWT, and the institute is honored to welcome him back.
Elbow has been a Director of Writing Programs for over ten years, first at Stony Brook University and then at UMass Amherst. He was on the founding faculty at two experimental colleges, Franconia College in New Hampshire and Evergreen State College in Washington State—precursors to today's movements towards interdisciplinary teaching.
Post Date: 03-21-2023