Celebration of Student Writing

The Celebration of Student Writing is a one-day showcase of student writing in composition courses at UofL, held in the Spring semester. Students can submit posters, give oral presentations, or participate in poetry readings. The Celebration provides students and instructors an opportunity to exchange ideas about the design choices writers make as they move from rough to revised versions of their work.

A student stands in front of her Business Writing proposal poster at the 2014 SymposiumA line of posters at the 2014 SymposiumInstructors greeting students in Ekstrom at the 2014 Symposium

2017 Celebration of Student Writing

Wednesday, April 5, 2017


Location: Ekstrom Library Learning Commons

Questions about 2017 CoSW?

Contact Michelle Day mlday003@louisville.edu or 852-6060.

2016 Celebration of Student Writing

*Now with a new name to CELEBRATE student writing*

Composing Communities: Writing Across Media and Cultures

Wednesday, March 30, 2016


Location: Ekstrom Library Learning Commons

Questions about 2016 CoSW?

Contact: Travis Rountree


2015 Symposium on Student Writing

Write, Invent, Innovate

Wednesday, March 4, 2015


Location: Ekstrom Library Learning Commons

To take a look at some examples of Student Symposiums at other institutions click on the links below:

University of New Mexico

Eastern Michigan University

Appalachian State University

For further information about the Symposium take a look at this powerpoint

Questions about 2015 SoSW?

Contact: Travis Rountree


2014 Symposium on Student Writing


Sponsored by the University of Louisville’s Composition Program and Ekstrom Library Learning Commons
Wednesday, March 26, 2014

***New Location: Ekstrom Library Learning Commons***
Write. Search. Discover.

All writers search and discover as they uncover what it is they want to say. In the 2014 Symposium, we want to showcase all of the ways in which students use writing as a tool to search and discover. Thus, in our new and expanded format, through poster presentations, oral presentations, and reading their creative writing, we invite students to participate in showcasing their work. Through these multiple formats, we will display the important place that searching and discovering plays in rhetorically effective writing. All types of projects are welcome and we encourage instructors to craft assignments that fit the needs of their class. We look forward to showcasing the work from students in the Composition Program at the University of Louisville in the 2014 Symposium on Student Writing.

Poster Session

Students are invited to design poster presentations that demonstrate the role that searching and discovering plays in the construction of a specific writing project. Poster projects are encouraged to be displayed on tri-fold boards or foam poster boards. We hope to display the posters in the Ekstrom Library Learning Commons before and after the Symposium. Digital posters are also welcome. However, the student must be present while the digital poster is displayed.

Oral Presentation Session

Students are invited to work individually or in groups to design presentations of their work. Presentations may explore the process of searching and discovering that led to the current project.

Creative Writing Reading

Students are invited to share their creative work during the Symposium. Readings lasting between 15 and 20 minutes will be shared in the Bingham Poetry Room. Students interested in participating should email Hollye at hnwrig01@louisville.edu by 5:00pm on Friday March 7th. 

Questions about 2014 SoSW?

Contact Hollye Wright 


The 2013 Symposium on Student Writing

The Art of Remix
March 27, 2013
Sponsored by the University of Louisville Composition Program

We live in a world of remix, a world where texts, sounds, images, and ideas are created and recreated, mixed and remixed, so that they can be seen and understood in new forms, new places, and new directions. In writing, the idea of remix is at the heart of the revision process because to remix something is to encourage writers and readers alike to re-see it. In the 2013 Symposium on Student Writing, we want to showcase remix as an important and viable way to understand not only the revision process but also the importance of the rhetorical choices writers need to make when trying to convey any message (in any form) to a target audience. Thus, we are calling for student presentations from writing classes across the university that illustrate the various forms remix can take in student writing and the skills students use and learn when remixing their written work. Through these presentations, we will showcase the important place remix holds in writing courses across the curriculum and the complex rhetorical skills that are exercised through the act of re-envisioning a piece of written work.
Presentations for the symposium may take the form of videos, podcasts, posters, PowerPoint and Prezi presentations, songs, or any other format that lends itself to illustrating the art of remix.

Sample Projects

Examples of projects that meet the symposium theme include presentations that:
  • Highlight and comment upon the changes writers made in moving from their original written piece to a remixed product. Such presentations could focus on the way that the writer’s growing understanding of genre conventions or audience influenced the remix.
  • Illustrate how the elements of reasoning or intellectual standards of critical thinking influenced a writer’s remix choices.
  • Make visible the social dimensions of remixing by emphasizing the roles that other individuals—including peer commentators, instructors, other authors the writer has cited, other audiences—have played in shaping the design of the project.
  • Reflect on the design choices that writers made as they “translated” a project from one medium to another or reinterpreted the same content for different audiences. For instance, a project might highlight the design choices made as a traditional print text was translated into a website or a multimodal composition.
Questions? Email Barrie at barrie.olson@louisville.edu. Also, visit the blog listed above for resources and ideas.