96. Writing Remix at CCCC 2023 in Chicago, IL

On this special episode, Dan talks with participants at the 2023 CCCC (Conference on College Composition and Communication) in Chicago, IL. Special thanks to everyone that took the time to talk, and thank you to the conference organizers. You’re going to hear about Awe Walks from Professor Jessica Shreyer, student podcast projects from Professor Michael Cripps, creating engaging asynchronous training modules for DePaul University Writing Center tutors from Graduate Students Nan Denette & Maggie Rothrock, and you’ll hear from the chair of the Social Justice at the Convention Committee chair Professor Antonio Byrd talk about the future of the committee at CCCCs.

People and Texts Mentioned in the Episode

“We really found that this word awe struck us because students were walking the same path every week, but were asked to do it with the intention [of] finding something new, something beautiful, something unexpected and they really respond well to the word awe. They understand that that means they’re looking for something different than they normally would.
Jessica Shreyer

“I’m teaching a course […] called Topics in Digital Storytelling. I’ve created the title to create space for other kinds of digital storytelling topics […] because when you open up podcasting, I think about marketing, think about growing your audience, you think about branding, like all of those sort of social influencer kind of aspects that are important if you’re gonna be a podcaster. […] But I want to keep the focus on telling audio stories.”
–Michael Cripps

“I think something we really love about [the DePaul] writing center in particular is that […] we get a lot of students who aren’t just first years. And I think a lot of writing centers, a few that I’ve worked at previously really target themselves toward like first year composition classes, which is great, but writing happens throughout everyone’s education and we get people from other departments. We get people from the college of Education, from STEM classes, you know, adult returning learners. We have a lot of grad students who make use of it. And I think the diversity of our tutors and their interests [makes us] approachable and accessible.”
–Nan Denette

“I’ve had asynchronous training modules before that have just been dead boring and haven’t been engaging […] we really wanted to avoid that and we also wanted to be able to put some like practical elements in there as well, like the listening […] you really need to be able to practice listening with other people […] that’s a pretty hard thing to do asynchronously because there’s no one there to listen to. So, we did as much as we could with online platforms like Flip and Padlet to be able to continue that conversation and have tutors communicate across different modalities and different times.
–Maggie Rothrock

“One of the biggest things that we really want to happen is that there’s some kind of influence or lesson that conference attendees learn from [the Social Justice at the Convention Committee’s] events and that they’re able to take them and bring them back to their own home university or their home city. [We want to give] them the tools to say […] these are the different ways I can actually engage in my community, have my students engaged with the community in a way that really promotes practices of social justice.
–Antonio Byrd

This episode was recorded on February 15th & 16th 2023. The theme song is “4 am” by Makaih Beats. You can follow the podcast on Apple PodcastsSpotify, and Stitcher, join the newsletter for a bunch of extras (a Note From Dan, episode-specific writing prompts, and book recommendations, & follow us on Twitter @WritingRemixPod & Instagram @WritingRemixPod.

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