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University of Mississippi

Symposium Explores Transition to College Writing


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High school and college teachers from Mississippi and the Memphis area will gather to explore new ideas about writing instruction and share strategies to help prepare students for their transition to college writing this weekend at the University of Mississippi.

The Transitioning to College Writing Symposium, an annual event hosted by the Department of Writing and Rhetoric, is set for Friday and Saturday (Oct. 10-11). Registration, at $30 for one day or $50 for both, remains open for the program.

“The fourth annual symposium brings together keynote speakers from varied locations, including the Mississippi Department of Education, Jackson State University, Itawamba Community College and the University of Sydney, Australia,” said Joanne Mitchell, communications specialist in the Department of Writing and Rhetoric. “Digital composition, academic writing, student engagement and developing secondary and post-secondary writing centers are some of the topics that attendees will learn more about as they discuss strategies to enhance writing instruction in their schools.”

The symposium opens at 8 a.m. Friday in the university’s Center for Manufacturing Excellence. It moves to Lamar Hall for the afternoon sessions, which run through 7:30 p.m. Saturday’s sessions run from 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in Lamar Hall.

The program includes a keynote address by Frances DiLauro, of the Writing Hub at the University of Sydney. Other featured speakers include Amber Jensen, of Edison High School in Fairfax, Virginia; Lawrence Potter, of Jackson State University; and Vinnie Segalini, of the Mississippi Department of Education. Other activities include workshops and roundtable discussions between attendees.

For more information on the Transitioning to College Writing Symposium, visit To register for the program, call 662-915-2121 or email