Thank you to all who participated in the WIDE-EMU Conference on Saturday, October 15, 2011.  Approximately 60 presenters and attendees helped make the one-day event a success. We will be adding the plenary video and related slidedecks to the site soon.  To recap the days events, visit the schedule (or printable at-a-glance program), check out the #wideemu hashtag in Storify, or access the shared Google Doc housing the plenary session backchannel.

Onsite Registration:  If you're here, please click here and fill out this form!

The Michigan State University Writing and Digital Environments Research Center and the EMU Written Communication Program invite you (faculty, graduate and undergraduate students, teachers, community members, anyone interested) to propose ideas that will seed a
free** (un)conference on Saturday, October 15, 2011 in Ypsilanti, Michigan. Proposals should engage the framing question for this inaugural event, a question both straight-forward and ambiguous at same time:

What evidence do we have that teaching writingespecially in digital environmentsworks?

We are currently soliciting interest in participation (Phase One, running from now until August 15), followed by online "responses" to this question in any digitized format (Phase Two, August 15 to October 1), which will be shaped into an (un)conference on Saturday, October 15 (Phase Three).  WIDE-EMU promises an opportunity for speaking, learning, sharing, building, and making around the question of evidence and best practices in the teaching of writing in digital environments.

Featuring as plenary speakers Danielle DeVoss, Elyse Eidman, and Troy Hicks, authors of Because Digital Writing Matters.  
Phase One: Propose
Now until August 15

We are calling for three types of sessions:  Talk, Do, and Make.  For more elaboration on the three session types and to submit your proposal, visit the WIDE-EMU 2011 Conference Proposal Form.

Sessions will be 70-minutes and should be planned to allow at least 30 minutes for discussion. In keeping with the loose structure of an unconference, we will schedule open sessions to allow for an emergent program (e.g., those who want to convene spontaneous sessions on October 15).
Phase Two: Respond
August 15 to October 1

Once we get a sense of interest for the different types of sessions, the organizers/instigators (that'd be Bill Hart-Davidson, Derek Mueller, and Steve Krause) will assemble proposers into Make-Talk-Do sessions.  We will also contact proposers to initiate Phase Two, during which presenters will post something online that expands upon the proposal. What exactly this "something online" looks like is WIDE-EMU open: a blog entry, a slidedeck, a podcast, a video, etc. You could also think of this as a teaser or a preview for your session and a few of its key provocations. Plan to post your "something online" before October 1, 2011.
Phase Three: (Un)confer
Saturday, October 15

The big day, the (un)conference itself, which will be held in Pray-Harrold Hall on EMU's campus in Ypsilanti, Mich

8:45-9:10 a.m. Coffee and Anticipatory Tweeting (#wideemu)
9:10-10:20 a.m. Session A
10:20-10:30 a.m. Break
10:30-11:40 a.m. Session B
11:40 a.m.-11:50 a.m. Break
11:50 a.m.-12:50 Plenary
12:50-1:50 Lunch
1:50-3:00 p.m. Session C
3:00-3:10 p.m. Break
3:10-4:20 Session D
4:30-8:30 p.m. #beerrhetorics and/or debrief at Ypsi's Corner Brewery