Writing Fest UCF!

The Department of Writing and Rhetoric contributes a vertical writing curriculum and experience for all UCF students, from first year to graduate students, and supports a vibrant writing culture by supporting faculty across UCF in the teaching of writing.

Writing Fest UCF showcases the breadth of the department’s contributions to building and sustaining students’ and faculties’ writing lives at UCF and beyond.

This event celebrates the cumulative value of this commitment across 3-days and features the First Year Composition Program, the Undergraduate Major in Writing and Rhetoric and Masters in Rhetoric and Composition, the University Writing Center, and the Center for Writing Excellence’s Writing Across the Curriculum Program.

Knights Write Showcase
of First Year Composition

Wednesday, February 9, 2022

Knights Write Showcase celebrates excellence in first year students’ writing and research at UCF. Attendees will have the opportunity to view poster presentations displaying students’ writing research projects, attend panel presentations, and celebrate award-winning student work. Awards include best poster presentations and the annual John C. Hitt Prize for Excellence in First-Year Writing based on the best published work in Stylus: A Journal of Undergraduate Research, worth a $500 scholarship.

Pegasus Ballroom - Registration required

Students present their outstanding poster along and engage in follow-up questions from the host and audience.

​​Featured Student Poster Presenters

  • Samantha Garcia, “From Composer to Concerto: A Genre Analysis of Sheet Music and its Editions”
  • Rafael Itinoche, “A Rhetorical Approach: Comparing and Analyzing Current Medical Websites as a Rhetorical Genre”
  • Kara Lee, “Counterstory: Euro-Western Writing Traditions are Universal"
  • Austin Mathew, “Overwatch Forums: Blizzard, Rhetor or Audience?”
  • Akshat Nagarkar, “Lost in Translation: How Language Can Influence the Meaning of a Novel”
  • Ethan Philips, “The Importance of Becoming Digitally Literate”
  • Sahar Sheikholeslami E, “Remix Approach to Writing, Marriage of the Old and the New”
  • Sam Sonken, “Archaeotourism Literature and Conservation: Preservation vs. Promotion in Online Travel Articles”

Pegasus Ballroom- Registration required

Awards honor student poster presenters and students published in Stylus: A Journal of First Year Writing. Dr. Theodora Regina Berry, Vice Provost for Student Learning and Academic Success and Dean of the College of Undergraduate Studies, will award the John C. Hitt Prize for Excellence in First-Year Writing. Dean Jeff Moore of the College of Arts and Humanities will present awards for outstanding student poster presentations.

Students present their research projects on multiliteracies with slides followed by Q & A session with the audience and host.

​​Featured Student Poster Presenters

  • Gabriela Campis, “Sheet Music Accessibility"
  • Jeslin George, “Architecting Wellness into Hospitals”
  • Brianna Lattimore, “Fracturing the Stigma of the ‘Uneducated’ Black Child”
  • Courtney James McCracken, “What in the World is a ‘Koopabackdashwaveslide Hoverwalkmoonland’?: Analyzing Language in the Fighting Game Community”

Students discuss their research projects on the theme of language and then engage in a roundtable discussion about the content and process of their work with one another and with the audience

​​Featured Student Roundtable Panelists

  • ​​Zoe Commesso, “Regional Dialects in American Literature: A Linguistic Analysis of To Kill a Mockingbird”
  • Eli Fuchs, “Jewish Leadership, Language Choices and Community Sustainability”
  • Jose Paolo Miguel E. Garcia, “Dialect and Idiolect: The Impact Resulting From The Difference In The Way We Speak The Same Language”
  • Maximillian Palacio, “Communicative Efficacy Under a Translingual Paradigm”
  • Shankari Somasekar, “Role of Translingualism in Tamil Cinema”
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Writing & Rhetoric
Undergraduate & Graduate Symposium

Thursday, February 10, 2022

The upper-division and graduate symposium showcases some of the best writing, rhetoric, and literacy projects created by students in upper-division and graduate courses offered by the Department of Writing and Rhetoric. This year’s symposium features a virtual poster gallery and three panel presentations. All events will occur virtually via Zoom.

9–10 a.m. • Virtual Poster Gallery

Virtual Poster Gallery

Live poster presentations occurred on February 10. However, posters are available for on-demand viewing in the virtual poster gallery. Directions on how to navigate the gallery are available in the Gallery Navigation Guide.

10:30–11:30 a.m. • Student Panel Presentation: “Rhetoric of the Everyday”

12–1 p.m. • Student Panel Presentation: “Inquiry- and Action-Based Research in the Writing Center”

1:30–2 p.m. • Awards Ceremony

5–6 p.m. • Student Panel Presentation: “Toward a ‘Network Sense’ of Rhetoric & Composition: Newcomers’ Maps of Our M.A. Program and Field”

Speak Up, Speak Out
Talking About Writing

Friday, February 11, 2022

Writing Fest UCF will conclude with a series of “Speak Up, Speak Out” events in which tutors and writers will talk about their formative writing and development experiences. These events showcase the Department of Writing and Rhetoric’s support for writers across disciplines through the University Writing Center and the Writing Across the Curriculum Program.


Tutors Speak UWC!

On Friday morning, the University Writing Center (UWC) (https://uwc.cah.ucf.edu/) will showcase the outstanding work tutors do in the center. The UWC, which provides members of the UCF community free individual and group peer consultations at any stage of the writing process, is staffed by outstanding peer tutors from a variety of disciplines who gain professional development in writing center research, theory, and practice. “Tutors Speak” panels will share more about the writing center and the professional opportunities that exist for students.

10:30–11:30am • Panel: Why Work in the Writing Center?

11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. • Panel: Other Opportunities Tutors Gain by Working in the Center


Writers Speak: On Writing, Across and Within Disciplines

On Friday afternoon, the Center for Writing Excellence’s Writing Across the Curriculum program will launch a new series of conversations with writers across and within disciplines. The CWE’s WAC Program supports writing through faculty development, curricular innovation, community outreach, and collaborative research. “On Writing” will engage writers from a range of disciplines and industries in conversations about their formative writing experiences and the roles writing has played in their personal, professional, or disciplinary development.

An audio story and transcript are available at the links below.