June 25 – 26, 2013, at Elon University in North Carolina

From high school English and first-year college composition through advanced professional and technical communication, writing curricula are constructed under a foundational premise that writing can be taught – and that writing knowledge can be “transferred” across critical transitions. First-year composition is often a required course for all students with the assumption that what is learned there will transfer to other coursework and throughout students’ educational careers. Senior capstone courses often integrate writing instruction that is intended to transfer to post-graduation writing in new workplaces or graduate or professional programs. Arguably, all of modern education is based on the broader assumption that what one learns here can transfer over there – across critical transitions. But what do we really know about transfer, in general, and writing transfer, in particular? Is “transfer,” and all of the assumptions that tag along with it, the best term to use to understand, enhance, and found writing education?

The Critical Transitions: Writing and the Question of Transfer Conference will feature multi-institutional research conducted through the 2011-2013 Elon University Research Seminar and will introduce a draft Statement on Writing Transfer. We invite other scholars to join this culminating conversation.

Conference strands include:

  • Theories and Practices of Writing Transfer
  • Writing Transfer at Critical Transitions
  • Genre Theory and Writing Transfer
  • Writing Transfer and Implications for General Education
  • The Future of Writing Transfer: New Directions and Trends in Writing Transfer Research

Conference Logistics

Conference registration opened in February, and the registration deadline is May 31, 2013 (March 31, 2013 for presenters). Attendees have two registration options:

  • Conference registration with opening reception, 5 meals, and on-campus housing: $225
  • Conference registration with opening reception and 5 meals only (No on-campus housing): $125

For those who prefer a hotel, please see the Conference Logistics page for a partial list of area hotels.

Elon University is a selective, independent, private university renowned as a national model for engaged learning, along with excellence in the liberal arts and sciences and professional programs. Elon’s beautiful and historic campus in central North Carolina is designated as a botanical garden. The university is in the small town of Elon, North Carolina. The town of Burlington is adjacent, and Greensboro, Winston-Salem, Chapel Hill, Durham, and Raleigh are all within a 1 hour driving radius.

For those staying in our on-campus housing, the conference organizers will provide limited shuttle service from/to Raleigh Durham airport (RDU).


Please contact Jessie L. Moore at jmoore28@elon.edu.