The Learning Development Team at Plymouth University are pleased to be hosting the 16th biennial Writing Development in Higher Education (WDHE) Conference on 27-29 June 2016.
The theme for this year’s conference is ‘Spaces and Places to Write’. Each of the conference streams focus on aspects of our pedagogical practice which support engaged learning and student success in (academic) writing.
Plymouth University’s own Writing Café provides a creative, cross-disciplinary developmental space where staff and students can write together, and will be the venue for a number of activities during the conference.
The cost for the event is £160 (discounted rates available for a limited number of Plymouth University staff and students). This includes access to all conference sessions, refreshments and lunch for all three days of the conference and an evening meal on 28 June.
- What makes communication effective?
- Does how we communicate affect what we communicate?
- How can we develop writing fluency and what does it mean to write ‘well’?
- Exploring collaborative approaches to (academic) writing.
- What can collaborative projects bring to writing?
- What alternatives can we offer staff and students to the traditional notion of the ‘lone scholar?
- Exploring creative (academic) writing.
- Can we (and should we) challenge the constraints of the ‘traditional academic’ text’?
- What other textual forms can be used to produce and communicate knowledge and learning?
- Dr Ken Gale (Lecturer in Post-16 Education, Plymouth University) and Dr Jonathan Wyatt (Senior Lecturer and Director of Counselling and Psychotherapy, University of Edinburgh) will present their groundbreaking work on collaborative writing practices.
- Dr Tina Pepler (Dramatist and Consultant Fellow of the Royal Literary Fund) will talk about the challenges and successes she has encountered during her long and varied career as a professional writer and Royal Literary Fund fellow.
Schedule of events
The schedule is in the process of being finalised. However, the following skeleton format should help guide you as you make plans to join us in Plymouth. Please return to this page for a finalised schedule closer to the conference.Monday 27 June (conference sessions 09:00 – 16:30)
- Arrival and registration from 09:00
- Keynote: Dr Ken Gale and Dr Jonathan Wyatt
- Evening drinks reception with canapés followed by optional activities (tour of Plymouth Gin Distillery / pub crawl / walking tour of Plymouth Barbican)
Tuesday 28 June (conference sessions 09:00 – 16:30)
- Keynote: Dr Tina Pepler
- Conference dinner and boat trip at 19:00
Wednesday 29 June (conference sessions 09:00 – early afternoon)
Vice-Chancellor’s Teaching and Learning Conference
The Vice-Chancellor’s Teaching and Learning Conference is taking place on 29 and 30 June. Day one of the conference will focus on sharing best practice in digital learning, while day two will explore the broad ranging themes of teaching and learning. Delegates attending the WDHE conference are invited to attend at no extra charge.
Visit the conference event page to register for the conference or to submit an abstract.