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2018 cccc regional conference

The University of Denver Writing Program was proud to host the 2018 CCCC Regional Summer Conference July 20-21, 2018. Over two hundred people from across the country attended the conference on the University of Denver campus. The program featured 6 workshops led by University of Denver faculty and staff, a Research and Teaching forum, 42 panels, and a keynote speech by Howard Tinberg, Professor of English at Bristol Community College. Howard's keynote can be viewed here. We're grateful for everyone who attended, as well as the planning efforts of NCTE, CCCC, and the DU Writing Program. 

CCCC regional 2018

CCCC Regional 2018

CCCC Regional 2018


Dr. Sarah Hart Micke, who served as the Writing Center Assistant Director for the past three years, has returned to full-time teaching as a Teaching Associate Professor in the Writing Program, including her ongoing work teaching community engaged classes and co-leading the WRIT Engagement Program, which supports undergraduates teaching writing in local elementary schools.

In her time with the Writing Center, Dr. Hart Micke had a signifiant impact on undergraduate and graduate students, staff, and faculty at DU. In addition to working closely with writing center staff, she oversaw our Writing Fellows program; coordinated outreach efforts; facilitated many dozens of workshops, trainings, and events; and worked regularly at our community site at the Gathering Place, a daytime drop-in shelter for women, children, and transgender individuals experiencing poverty and homeless.

Dr. Hart Micke's impact will be lasting, and the Writing Center will continue to feel the benefit of her collaborative and ethical approach to teaching and tutoring writing for a long time to come.

sarah hart micke


The Writing Program is thrilled to celebrate our students' award-winning writing! All 3 recipients of CCESL's Distinguished Public Good Scholars award for exceptional portfolios are Writing Minor or WRIT Engagement Corps members.

Mackenzie Langley - A 2nd-year writing minor student, Mackenzie received an award for the portfolio she created in Angela Sowa and Sarah Hart Micke's WRIT 2701 "Writing for the Public Good" course.
Mackenzie's Portfolio:

Andi Schlut - A 3rd-year writing minor and double major in political science and socio-legal student, Andi's portfolio emphasizes the theme of "pursuing social justice and equality by mitigating the effects of systematic biases."
Andie's Portfolio:

Cristin Espinoza - A founding WRIT Engagement Corps member and 2018 DU graduate, Cristin will join Teach for America's 2018 Denver Corps.
Cristin's Portfolio:

mackenzie langley andi schult cristin espinoza


spring faculty accomplishments

Russell Brakefield published the poetry book Field Recordings in March. He also has two forthcoming poems in The Southeast Review and The Literary Review later this spring.

In March, Richard Colby and Jennifer Campbell published "Servers, Cooks, and the Inadequacy of Metaphor" in the edited collection, WPAs in Transition: Navigating Educational Leadership Positions, drawing on how Campbell mentored Colby in becoming the next Assistant Writing Program Director.

While teaching the writing intensive course "Poetry & Pleasure," David Daniels was also a poet-in-residence at Goshen College for two weeks this spring. Additionally, his poem, "Pearl," was published in the spring issue of Rise Up Review.

Heather Martin published the essay "Divorce and Death-by-Crushing" in Argot Magazine this April.

Juli Parrish presented at the Colorado Wyoming Writing Tutors Conference this April with 11 undergraduate and graduate writing consultants. Here is a list of their panels:

Calling Fellow Travelers: Reimagining the Role of the Writing Fellow
Julia Fleming (MA, English)
Patrick Munnelly (MA, Professional Creative Writing)
Kyle Przybylski (MA, Clarinet Performance

Structure without Structure: Non-Institutional Professional Development in the Writing Center
Dennis Sweeney (PhD, English / Poetry)

Beta-Testing: Social Media and the Writing Center
Maggie Sava (Senior, Art History & English)
Sasha Strelitz (PhD, English - Literary Studies)

Writers' Groups and the Risks of Sharing
Zach Johnson (Sophomore, English)

Examining Oregon State University's Writing Across Borders and Kaplan's Theory of Contrastive Rhetoric
Erinrose Mager (PhD, English)

Expectations Met and Missed: Student Expectations of Writing Center Appointments
Madison Hakey (Sophomore, English)
Mikayla Peters (MA, English)

Reimagining Local Contexts: Reciprocity in Writing Center Partnerships
Juli Parrish (Writing Center Director)
Alicia Wright (PhD, English)
Jason Schlueter and Erin Campbell, Arapahoe Community College


Creating a robust culture of writing on the DU campus, the Writing Program helps students and faculty develop complex writing abilities needed in contemporary academic, professional, and civic life.

The nationally recognized program provides a national model for colleges and universities seeking exemplary practices in teaching writing.