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WRAC Hosts 1st First-Year Writing Conference

The WRAC department had the pleasure of putting on the first conference for First-Year Writing (FYW). It was held from 1 PM to 5 PM at the MSU Business Complex this past Saturday, April 21st.

Dr. Julie Lindquist, Director of First-Year Writing, gave the keynote speech, in which she presented an overview of the program (the number of FYW students, course options, assignment sequences, and shared learning outcomes). Lindquist also discussed how the FYW courses at Michigan State highlight both inquiry (asking questions as a key move toward learning and discovery) and rhetoric (understanding how writing, reading and research are connected to specific situations, audiences, and purposes).

The 2012 FYW conference showcased students’ presentations from the classes of Stephanie Amada, Kate Fedewa, and Steve Lessner. It also offered opportunities for presenters and attendees to participate in roundtable conversations to discuss teaching and writing.