Capacitating Community: The Writing Innovation Symposium

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Spring 2023

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Community Literacy Journal

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The topic of this symposium, capacitating community, invites CLJ readers to consider what makes community possible. This piece showcases one means, small conferences, via a retrospective on the Writing Innovation Symposium (WIS), a regional event with national scope that has hosted writers and writing educators annually in Milwaukee, WI, since 2018. Through a quilted conversation pieced from hours of small-group discussion, twenty-nine participants across academic and nonacademic ranks, roles, and ranges of experience offer insight into the WIS as well as the nature and value of professional community.


Community Literacy Journal, Vol. 17, No. 2 (Spring 2023): 49-67.

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