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Tips for WiPPs

We are a friendly group and the work-in-progress presentations (WiPPs) given are more informal that a panel presentation at CCCC.

Do not plan to read a paper. First, you won't have time. The Works-in-Progress are small tables of 4-6 presenters with 2 or 3 discussion leaders. The time is divided equally among the presenters so you have about 8-10 minutes to present your research, including any questions you want answered on your project (what to read, with whom to talk, where to send for publication once finished, how "marketable" is this research, how to change a dissertation into a book or series of articles, etc.) Then you'll have about 8-10 minutes for the round table to give you feedback.

You should prepare a handout with your name, contact information (email/phone/snail mail), a brief abstract of your project, and a list of your questions so that if someone thinks of something after your presentation, s/he can get the information to you later. This also allows you to network (our middle name).

Works-in-Progress will be presented at small round tables in a big conference room. Projectors will not be provided and will not work in this venue. Have handouts (15 copies should be fine for the day, as we have a morning and an afternoon session so you'll present your WiPP twice to two different groups of people). Handouts should be easy to read as well. Handouts on color stock stand out from all the white paper out there, but you can certainly use regular white printer paper as well.

If you have any specific questions about RNF, We would be happy to answer them. We think we're a great introduction to CCCC and look forward to working with more than 300 Work-in-Progress Presenters, Discussion Leaders, and Editors--in addition to our fantastic plenary speaker!


Additional Tips:

To further network, it's a great investment to have business cards printed (even if you are a graduate student). You can generally have them printed at your university print shop, other office supply store, or even using your own printer for under $30 for 500+ cards (get a business card from someone at your school first so you have the same layout as the university/college). If you are a graduate student, you should list if you are a Graduate Teaching Assistant, or Instructor, or Ph.D. Candidate, or whatever. Make sure your email and phone number are on the business cards, in addition to a physical mailing address.

For those new to the field, CCCC or RNF, here is a helpful article [LINK] about talking with the famous professors who may be your discussion leaders or with whom you may talk throughout your day at RNF or your time at CCCC generally. 

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