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SUNY Writes! is a blog-zine for the community of writing educators in the State University of New York system. The blog is part of an initiative to reach out to and engage SUNY Council on Writing community by also using social media platforms, listserv/mailing list, and conference and task-force connections. If you are on Facebook, … More Welcome!

Why Teaching Composition Virtually Presents New Possibilities for Rhetorical Exchange

Parts of this interview with Professor Cynthia Haynes, Director of Rhetorics, Communication, and Information Design of Clemson University, also appeared within the Stony Brook University’s College of Arts and Sciences Newsletter, here. “There are people that I have met virtually and known ONLY virtually for over 25 years. Yet, I do not feel as if … More Why Teaching Composition Virtually Presents New Possibilities for Rhetorical Exchange

How Reading Contemporary Short Stories Creates Good and Empathetic Writers

This piece previously appeared in the spring 2020 volume of Expose: The Journal of Expository Writing at Purchase College. By Emily Sausen At the end of each semester, I share a New York Times op-ed titled “Don’t Turn Away From the Art of Life” with my College Writing students. In his plea for all of us to … More How Reading Contemporary Short Stories Creates Good and Empathetic Writers

Embodied Acts of Reflection and Renewal

By Joelle Mann Last week we came together for a webinar of reflective and responsive practice organized by SUNY Council on Writing Board Members Amy Beth Wright (Purchase College), Katelynn DeLuca (SUNY Farmingdale), Tom Friedrich (SUNY Plattsburgh), along with Mitch Morris, Director of College Writing at Purchase College. Maintaining a commitment to creative, relational expression, … More Embodied Acts of Reflection and Renewal

Our Next Webinar Convenes on September 25, 2020

With the school year now well underway, we invite you to a community conversation to restore and reflect, with strategies and insights from the first month of teaching shared organically within our reflective conversations. Please join us at 4:00 p.m. on Friday September 25 for 90 minutes to connect with peers, share, listen, and learn from … More Our Next Webinar Convenes on September 25, 2020

Reimagining Possibilities For Student Support

Following the March shutdown, SUNY Jefferson devised new strategies for offering holistic and transformative support to students. By Amy Beth Wright Our August 13 webinar convened administrators and educators from Jefferson Community College (SUNY Jefferson)—the composition of the panel was representative of the panel’s message: With focused and intentional collaboration between faculty and administration, the … More Reimagining Possibilities For Student Support

The Pedagogy of Compassion: Resources From Our August 6 Webinar

By Amy Beth Wright Compassion, and awareness of the cumulative trauma of both structural racism and the dislocation brought on by the global pandemic, were through-lines in the discussion during SUNY Council on Writing’s first webinar in advance of the fall 2020 semester, “Reflecting Back, Preparing within Uncertainty: Fostering Student Agency in Writing Courses.” Joelle … More The Pedagogy of Compassion: Resources From Our August 6 Webinar

Fall Conference Update and Upcoming Summer Webinars

The SUNY Council on Writing regrets that due to the coronavirus pandemic, the 2020 fall conference will be postponed. This year’s conference would have been held at SUNY Oswego in late October in celebration of the 40th anniversary of the Council’s inception.  We look forward to meeting again in person in 2021, when we can … More Fall Conference Update and Upcoming Summer Webinars

Sound Writing and Literary Affordances

This post was originally published on September 23, 2019 by pedagogyandamericanliterarystudies. Sonic Pasts and Literary Affordances When I teach Jennifer Egan’s A Visit From the Goon Squad (2010), I am visited by the resounding goons of our literary past. Aside from being a satire that explores the shift from digital to analog music in the late-twentieth century, Egan’s polyphonic … More Sound Writing and Literary Affordances

Internationalization of Education: Neoliberal vs Humanistic Affordances

Shyam Sharma, Stony Brook University* Some time ago, while I was teaching a first-year writing course that only had international students, after a good class discussion about the importance of writing courses like that as a place to learn some of the fundamentals of American higher education, one student followed me to my office to … More Internationalization of Education: Neoliberal vs Humanistic Affordances