Spread the WoRD: Conference Q & A

banners-01Spread the WoRD, the WRD student conference, is coming up fast! WRD Graduate Assistant Tasha Sookochoff has put together this Q&A to help you prepare. We can’t wait to see and hear about your work!

What kind of presentation is Spread the WoRD looking for?

We are looking for you to share the projects, papers, and work you are doing that relates to writing, rhetoric, discourse, and new media. For the most part, student submissions are dictated by their research in  WRD and NMS classes, but we are happy to consider professional projects as well.

This year we are also looking for visual work to display in the conference space. If you have coursework in photography, web design, document design, and other examples of text and image, we’d like for you to send us a high-resolution file and a brief paragraph about the context of your visual work.

What kinds of presentations have you accepted in the past?

We’ve featured a range of student work at our conference, whether it’s personal essays or digital stories, or group projects on rhetorical criticism, case studies on writing center work, professional writing projects, or new media research. Examples of past submissions can be found at spreadthewrd.wordpress.com.

Can I submit a project with a friend or classmate?

Absolutely! We encourage you to reach out to friends or colleagues who may be interested in collaborating. This year we are accepting group presentations or panels of two to three students. You are also invited to submit individually as well.

What do I need to submit?

Nothing elaborate. We are just looking for a synopsis of the project/research/visual work you would like to present (about 300 words or so) along with your contact information and any special technological requests for your presentation. To be clear, you don’t need to have your project completed to submit a proposal — just provide us with an overview of what you will present.

How long does my presentation need to be?

Presentations should aim to be approximately 10 minutes long, with an additional five minutes added for Q&A. We’ve found most students to be amenable to this range. Panels or group presentations can be given extra time if needed.

What’s new at this year’s conference? 

We’re mixing things up a bit at this year. New to the conference will be a breakout session allowing presenters, faculty, and audience members to network and discuss their research interests. Students’ visual work will be displayed within the conference space, and multiple awards will be given for presentations and visual work. Attendees can also look forward to a presentation by a keynote speaker. Details about the keynote speaker and award categories will be available soon!

When is the conference?

The conference will be held May 17th, 2014 in Courtelyou Commons at the Lincoln Park Campus. The event will be held from 9am – 4pm, with a light breakfast and full lunch provided.

What is the deadline for submitting a proposal?

April 1st, 2014.

Where do I submit my proposal to?


Where do I go for more information on the conference?

You can visit spreadtheWRD.wordpress.com for updates or feel free to contact WRD Graduate Assistant Tasha Sookochoff at tsookoch@depaul.edu with specific questions.

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