Announcing: PWPA Fall 2022 Workshop!

Announcing: PWPA Fall 2022 Workshop!

Dear PWPA Members and Friends,


We are pleased to invite you to our fully online Fall 2022 PWPA event on Friday, October 28, 2022, hosted by Drexel University. For this day-long workshop, we will focus on mental health and the writing classroom, offering a variety of sessions with both colleagues and invited guests. No registration is required, and you’ll find the Zoom information further below. While the fall workshop is free, and access to high-quality professional development and networking opportunities is part of our mission, we do hope that you or your institution can become a paying member to support our work and cover costs associated with the event.


We are particularly excited about our keynote speaker, the award-winning Melissa Tayles, who will run the workshop “Normalizing and Regulating the Stress of Academic Writing.” We encourage you to read her article “Trauma-Informed Writing Pedagogy: Ways to Support Student Writers Affected by Trauma and Traumatic Stress” in advance or this excerpt.


Schedule: Below is an overview of the day, and a full program and schedule can be found here. You are not obligated to attend all day, and we encourage folks to attend sessions that fit their availability and interests.


9:45AM: Welcome and Opening Remarks


10:00-11:00AM: Lightning Talks: A variety of fifteen-minute presentations

  1. “Writing Through the Feelings: Using Nonviolent Communication to Process Difficult Conversations,” Claire Barwise (Drexel University)
  2. “The Inspiration Text: Beginning Class Time by Sharing Purpose,” Abby Orenstein (Jefferson University)
  3. “Language and Community in the Writing Classroom,” Olivia Stone (University of Delaware)
  4. “AI Content Bots and First-Year Writing,” Tara Moore (Elizabethtown College)

11:15AM-12:15PM: Keynote Workshop “Normalizing and Regulating the Stress of Academic Writing,” Prof. Melissa Tayles (Metropolitan Community College, Omaha, Nebraska)


12:30-1:10PM: Lunch Break and PWPA Open Business Meeting


1:15-2:15: Open Discussion on Challenges WPAs and Faculty Face Supporting Well-Being


2:30-4:00 Question, Persuade, Refer “QPR” Suicide-Prevention Training


Zoom Meeting:


Meeting ID: 868 4953 8977

Passcode: 741621

Dial in:  +1 267 831 0333


PWPA Membership:


We offer both institutional and individual memberships, making our work possible and events free! We have both downloadable membership forms/invoices on our website and a digital membership form; either works! Payments can be made by check (see remit to info on form), PayPal, or Venmo. Please make sure to submit both a membership form AND payment.



Account:  @PhiladelphiaWPA

Make a payment at



Business Account:  @PhiladelphiaWPA

Make a payment to PhiladelphiaWPA on Venmo here



Again, this event is completely free and open to all writing program administrators, writing instructors, and related colleagues in the region.  We are especially interested in meeting faculty from two-year colleges, minority-serving institutions, and those located in our wider regional geography beyond the Philly area: Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware. Please share with colleagues at your own or other institutions!


If you have questions or concerns, please reach out to Beth Knauss ( or Amy Woodworth (


Best wishes,

Beth Knauss, Amy Woodworth, and the PWPA Executive Committee

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