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The Cal State Northridge Writing Project

"Literacy is not, as it is considered in our schools, a PORTION of education. It IS education. It is at once the ability AND the inclination of the mind to find knowledge, to pursue understanding, and out of knowledge and understanding, not out of received attitudes and values or emotional responses, however worthy, to make judgments."

-Richard Mitchell


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Cal State Northridge Writing Project
Kathleen D. Rowlands, Director
Michael D. Eisner College of Education
18111 Nordhoff Street
Northridge, CA 91330-8265

The 2013 Write to Literacy Conference

Carol Olson

Keynote Speaker Troy Hicks

Mixing Sources, Amplifying Voices: Crafting Writing in an Information Age

As the inputs continue to multiply, how can we help students find, evaluate, and synthesize information from a variety of sources? More importantly, how can we help them craft digital writing in effective ways, utilizing the information that they have found to develop multimedia texts? Bring your favorite device, because in this interactive keynote we will explore a variety of web-based tools and mobile applications to help students mix together a variety of sources and amplify their digital voices.

The conference features a Continental breakfast, three breakout sessions for teachers of all disciplines and at all grade levels, K-University interested in classroom-tested practices for improving student literacies in anticipation of the newly adopted California Common Core State Standards, lunch, and a keynote by Troy Hicks author of The Digital Writing Workshop and Crafting Digital Writing.

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Dr. Troy Hicks is an associate professor of English at Central Michigan University and focuses his work on the teaching of writing, literacy and technology, and teacher education and professional development. A former middle school teacher, he collaborates with K–12 colleagues and explores how they implement newer literacies in their classrooms. Hicks directs CMU’s Chippewa River Writing Project, a site of the National Writing Project, and he frequently conducts professional development workshops related to writing and technology. Troyis author of Crafting Digital Writing (2013), The Digital Writing Workshop (2009) and a co-author of Because Digital Writing Matters (Jossey-Bass, 2010) as well as numerous journal articles and book chapters.

Breakout Descriptions

WHEN? Saturday, October 19, 2013 from 9:00 am (registration opens at 8:30) until 3:00 pm.

WHERE? Valley Academy of Arts and Sciences, 10445 Balboa Blvd., Granada Hills (just north of Devonshire).


REGISTRATION includes Continental breakfast, lunch, and all materials.

Door Prizes and a Raffle!

1 CEU is available for $90 from the Tseng College (optional). Registration information will be available at the conference.

You may also use the FLYER to register by mail or send a P.O. to the Cal State Northridge Writing Project, c/o Kathleen Rowlands, Director, Department of Secondary Education, 18111 Nordhoff Street, Northridge, CA 91330-8265.

Space Is Limited! Register Early!

Read "No Longer a Luxury: Digital Literacy Can't Wait" by Troy Hicks and Kristen Hawley Turner.

Read "Reimagining a Writer' Pprocess Through Digital Storytelling" by Troy Hicks, Kristen Turner and Jodi Stratton.