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Writing the Range: The Next Ten Years

The University of Denver’s Writing Program is pleased to announce Writing the Range: The Next Ten Years, a day of interaction on scholarship, pedagogy, and the profession with a special emphasis on issues concerning the future of the front range writing community. Featured in this day-long symposium are keynote talks by Dr. Cheryl Ball and Dr. Kate Vieira,  a research and pedagogy forum, and dynamic roundtable sessions.

April 29, 2016

Hosted by the University of Denver’s Writing Program

For questions on the day of the event, please contact Blake Sanz - 303.408.0151

Directions to Campus and Parking Lot "L"
From I25: Exit onto S. University Blvd (exit #205). Continue south on S. University Blvd. Take a right onto E. Asbury Ave. Once you park, Anderson Academic Commons is located less than a quarter mile directly south, just on the other side of Evans Ave. Here is a map of campus with Lot L and Anderson Academic Commons (26) circled. 

You must have a permit to park at the University of Denver. A permit should have been emailed to you upon registration. If you have not been emailed a permit, please contact Lauren Salvador at or 303-871-7448.

You must print the emailed permit and bring it with you to access our designated event parking area. Lot L is a parking structure north of Ricketson Law Building, with entry off East Asbury Avenue. The barcode on the permit will give you access to the lot when you scan it at the gate. To prevent ticketing, display the permit on your dashboard, and avoid parking on the Recreation level.

Instructions for RPNF Participants
You should come to RPNF prepared to talk about your ideas/research/issue for about 5 minutes and bring copies of a one-page handout for each member of your table (4-5 people). You will have time to receive 10-15 minutes of feedback from your group. What participants choose to put on their handout varies quite a bit - some bring an assignment sheet, an assignment sequence, a research synopsis, or a research plan and short bibliography. It's completely up to you what you'd like to include on your handout, but consider what might be most useful or illuminating for your group to be able to take with them when the day is over.

Instructions for Roundtable Speakers
If you are speaking on a roundtable, please limit your individual presentation to 5 minutes. After all speakers present, the remaining time will be dedicated to questions and conversation with the audience. The rooms will have projector capabilities – please let the moderator know before the roundtable begins if you'd like to use the projector.


You can download the program or view it on the conference website



The Tie That Binds

Carol Samson, a faculty member of The University Writing Program, has adapted Kent Haruf’s first novel, The Tie that Binds, for stage performance at The SteamPlant Theatre in Salida, Colorado. Haruf was a resident of Salida. He died there in November  2014, and over the winter this year, an arts organization, The Friends of the SteamPlant, asked Carol to adapt a piece of Haruf’s writing as a celebration of his work and as a benefit for the Haruf hospice organization, Sunset Home.  While his late novels had been staged by the Denver Center for the Performing Arts, she was pleased to acquire the rights to adapt his first novel, The Tie that Binds, winner of the PEN/Hemingway award. She adapted the work  into a two-hour theatre piece that will use 10 actors and 88 slide projections to tell the story of Edith Goodnough, a woman raised on the eastern plains of Colorado in  Haruf’s imagined town of Holt, Colorado. The novel is part Faulknerian gothic, part parable, and part cultural study. It is a poetic treatment of the land and the people who framed eastern Colorado, farmed in treeless and sand-filled acreage, and endured.

Kent Haruf's Tie That Binds Adaptation

 Heather Martin DU Writing Program FacultyProfessor Heather Martin received the University of Denver’s award for “Service Learning Faculty Member of the Year,” joining her colleague Liz Drogin, who received that same award two years ago.  The entire Writing Program received the Community-Engaged Department of the Year Award in 2012.






Maggie Sava Composium Family DU Writing Program

First-year student Maggie Sava (far right) with members of her family at the Writing Program Composium, held May 14.  Maggie discussed a piece she’d written about her grandmother (second from left) who served as an observer in the Denver Public Schools during the tumultuous school desegregation effort in the 1960s.

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