The Eastern Michigan University Written Communication Program and The Michigan State University Writing in Digital Environments Research Center invite you (faculty, graduate and undergraduate students, teachers, community members, anyone interested) to propose ideas that will seed the third annual, free** WIDE-EMU (un)conference on Saturday, October 12, 2013 in Ypsilanti, Michigan (Twitter hashtag #wideemu). Proposals should engage this year's framing question:


What is "Free?"  What does "free" mean as in open access (scholarship, textbooks, courses), "free" as in liberty (copyrights/lefts, released, unrestrained), and "free" as in without charge (software, conferences, beer)?  How do these and competing notions of "Free(dom)" operate when we teach-- particularly when we teach writing, and particularly when we focus on the use of technology to teach writing?  And what are the hidden and not so hidden costs of "Free," both literal and metaphorical?

We invite proposals around these and related themes in the form of "Talks," "Dos," and "Makes" between now and August 30, 2013.  Then we'll engage in phase two, "respond," where we'll ask proposers and presenters to post something online that expands on their initial proposal. And finally we'll (un)confer on Saturday, October 12, in Pray-Harrold Hall on the campus of Eastern Michigan University.

Featuring plenary speaker/activity: TBD

Phase One: Propose
Now until August 30

Once again, 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 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 12).

Curious about how the conference worked last year? Visit the WIDE-EMU '12 site.
Phase Two: Respond
August 30 through September 27

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 September 27, 2013.
Phase Three: (Un)confer
Saturday, October 12

The big day, the (un)conference itself, which will be held in on the campus of Eastern Michigan University in Pray-Harrold Hall.

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.-1:20 Lunch
1:30-2:40 p.m. Session C
2:40-2:50 p.m. Break
2:50-4:00 Session D
4:00-6:30 p.m. #beerrhetorics at The Corner Brewery