Peck Research on Writing Symposium

Held each spring (and generously funded by the Virginia Peck Committee), the Peck Research on Writing Symposium is a one-day mini conference where an invited composition scholar provides a keynote lecture about their research and facilitates a workshop on its pedagogical applications.   

The Peck Research on Writing Symposium has two purposes:

  • to engage writing faculty from area universities and secondary schools in considering timely issues in the research and teaching of writing, and
  • to bring together members of the WPA Midsouth affiliate of the Council of Writing Program Administrators for our annual meeting.

Past speakers for the Peck Research on Writing Symposium include Paul Kai Matsuda, Andrea Lunsford, Cheryl Ball, Elizabeth Wardle, Derek Mueller, Christine Tardy, and Christine Tulley. 

2019 Peck Research on Writing Symposium

Please consider joining us on Friday, April 5th for the 2019 Peck Symposium, which will be held at the Miller Education Center (503 Bell St., Murfreesboro TN 37130) from 8:30-3:00. This year, we are very excited to welcome Dr. Laura Micciche as our keynote speaker. Dr. Micciche is currently a Professor of Rhetoric & Composition at University of Cincinnati and editor of Composition Studies whose works have appeared in WPA, College English, College Composition and Communication, Composition Studies, Composition Forum, and various edited collections. Her most recent book, 2017's Acknowledging Writing Partners, treats the genre of written acknowledgements as a lens for viewing writing as a practice of indebted partnerships. Dr. Micciche will be speaking to us about this fascinating research into the relationships that enable, empower, and encourage us to write.

A light breakfast and lunch will be provided for all who attend, and a complimentary reception will be held at the Boulevard Bar & Grille once the day's sessions are through. This entire event is free, but each individual attendee must reserve a spot via the event registration form linked here. Registration will remain open until March 5th, but the number of spots is limited so be sure to sign up early if you plan to attend.

If you have any questions, please contact Jake Castle ( or Katie Musick (; we'll be happy to tell you more about this great event. Further details will be announced as they become available. We can't wait to welcome everyone for another exciting year of the Peck Symposium!


Tentative Schedule

8:30-10:00 WPA Midsouth Executive Board Meeting
9:15-10:00 Complimentary breakfast and book fair
10:00-11:00 Dr. Laura Micciche Keynote Address
11:00-12:30 Dr. Laura Micciche Interactive Workshop
12:30-1:45 Complimentary Lunch
1:45-3:00 WPA Midsouth affiliate meeting; more details to be announced soon!
  Complimentary reception afterward at the Boulevard Bar & Grille

*Those not interested in attending the WPA affiliate meeting are welcome to stay and continue the day’s conversations with other participants or are free to depart after lunch.

We encourage you to forward this message to colleagues who might be interested in these topics. Please register by March 5th to reserve your place at this year's event.

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Contact Information

General Education English Director:

Dr. Kate Pantelides
Peck Hall 324

(615) 898-2579