|NWP Midwest Conference Check-In at the University of Wisconsin-Madison's Union Center|
Mark kicked off the Conference with our writing project tradition of inviting everyone to write together. The prompt was simple--to write about our roots and branches as writers. This theme was reflected in the conference program, made from repurposed file folders and with ample room to write in.
Next, Elyse welcomed the group, announcing the activities leading up to the 50th anniversary of the National Writing Project--the 50 for 50 theme that explores the question of what can be done to emphasize that the National Writing Project Network is owned by all 50 states where there are sites.
Next up was Troy Hicks, who presented the most information-filled keynote I've ever heard. His slides are available here. Be sure to check it out! Troy said, "Students need to be thinking about who they are as digital writers." Troy blended concepts from the College, Career, and Community Writers Program (C3WP) with his keynote on digital writing, encouraging us to pose these questions: "What counts as evidence? For whom? In what context?" He also shared some amazing digital tools for citing and reviewing one's online presence--links are in his presentation.