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:

  1. to engage writing faculty from area universities and secondary schools in considering timely issues in the research and teaching of writing, and
  2. 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, Christine Tulley, Laura Micciche, and Tarez Samra Graban. 

2021 Peck Symposium: Postal Edition!

Each year, Middle Tennessee State University hosts the Peck Symposium on Research and Writing with the generous support of the Virginia Peck Trust Fund. We gather regional teacher-scholars to build community around a workshop and keynote on research and writing from a celebrated speaker. As it has for so many of our events, wishes, and dreams, the COVID-19 pandemic has made this difficult to do. So—this year we decided to do something a little different. 

Instead of meeting in-person at MTSU in February 2021, we created the Peck Research on Writing Happening: Postal Edition! The thing so many of us appreciate about Peck is the opportunity to develop community with regional partners, so instead of a more traditional digital meetup we will group interested participants in parties of four and invite them to mail writing, research, or a related artifact to the other members of their group. You might think of this as “pen pal” meets yet another pandemic-induced innovation. Participants mailed a selected writing or creation to their community writing partners, and then reflected on the experience on a postcard. We invite you to view the postcards in this online gallery. Transcriptions for the scanned images are available here.


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Contact Information

General Education English Director:

Dr. Kate Pantelides
Peck Hall 324

(615) 898-2579