Jessie Moore, assistant professor of English, served as the conference organizer for the Carolinas Writing Program Administrators (CWPA) fall conference, Writing Research and Program Preservation in Tight Financial Times, September 21-23, at WildAcres Retreat in Little Switzerland, N.C.
Moore also gave the opening keynote address, “Playing the WPA Game: Reassessing our Praxis and Allies as We Work Towards Objectives in Tight Financial Times.” Her talk encouraged participants to re-examine their institutional and disciplinary resources as they plan how to acheive program objectives.
CWPA’s sixth annual fall conference invited participants to share research and problem-solving on innovative writing program responses to tight financial times. Participants examined how to sustain writing programs in the current economy, how to use budget cuts as opportunities to restructure programs in positive ways, and how to partner with other university programs in the development of new Writing Intensive and Writing Across the Curriculum programs.
Carolinas WPA was formed to encourage communication among community colleges, colleges, and universities, public and private, in North and South Carolina. Members include not only first-year writing program administrators, but also writing center directors, directors of writing across the curriculum programs, first-year writing instructors, teachers and administrators within professional writing programs, and so forth.