Bard College Institute for Writing and Thinking Hosts Conference on the Use of Voice in Writing on April 28ANNANDALE-ON-HUDSON, N.Y.—The Bard College Institute for Writing and Thinking’s (IWT) upcoming April Conference, "Crafting, Composing, Conversing: The Writer’s Voice Reconsidered," will focus on the teaching practices that help students to develop their writerly voices. This conference will welcome educators of all disciplines to Bard College's Annandale campus on Friday, April 28, 2023, from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Speaker Peter Elbow, the author of the bestselling books Writing without Teachers and Writing with Power, will deliver the keynote address. The conference offers an online attendance option for those who are unable to join in person at Annandale. Standard Tuition is $575, Early-Bird Tuition is $500, and Early-Bird Group Tuition is $450. Register by March 28 to qualify for discounted rates. A group is three or more teachers from the same institution. Scholarship applications are available. To learn more and register, go to: iwt.bard.edu.
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.
IWT was founded in 1982 by Bard College president Leon Botstein. Since its inception, it has helped teachers develop writing practices that enliven classroom learning through writing. IWT's philosophy and practice center on the principle that writing is not merely a record of completed thought, but also an exploratory process that deepens learning across disciplines. iwt.bard.edu
About Bard College
Founded in 1860, Bard College is a four-year, residential college of the liberal arts and sciences located 90 miles north of New York City. With the addition of the Montgomery Place estate, Bard’s campus consists of nearly 1,000 parklike acres in the Hudson River Valley. It offers bachelor of arts, bachelor of science, and bachelor of music degrees, with majors in more than 40 academic programs; graduate degrees in 11 programs; nine early colleges; and numerous dual-degree programs nationally and internationally. Building on its 161-year history as a competitive and innovative undergraduate institution, Bard College has expanded its mission as a private institution acting in the public interest across the country and around the world to meet broader student needs and increase access to liberal arts education. The undergraduate program at our main campus in upstate New York has a reputation for scholarly excellence, a focus on the arts, and civic engagement. Bard is committed to enriching culture, public life, and democratic discourse by training tomorrow’s thought leaders. For more information about Bard College, visit bard.edu.
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