Knights Write Showcase
Join us for Knights Write! This two-day event celebrates excellence in writing at UCF.
Attendees will have the opportunity to view poster presentations displaying writing research projects, attend various panel presentations that discuss writing-related issues and ideas, and celebrate award-winning student work.
This is event is hosted by the Department of Writing and Rhetoric, which 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.
Wednesday, February 8, 2023
Student Union, Pegasus Ballroom
9:30 a.m. • KEYNOTE: Building Impactful Futures through Writing, Rhetoric, and Community: Stories from a UCF Alumna
In this talk, Dr. Laura Gonzales will tell stories and share research to illustrate how her training in Writing and Rhetoric at UCF helped her develop a career focused on highlighting the importance of language diversity in classrooms, workplaces, and communities. Going to school and teaching in Florida, a state that benefits greatly from immigration and language diversity, can provide students at multiple levels with important opportunities to shape communication and build their careers. Dr. Gonzales will share her journey from moving to Orlando as an immigrant from Bolivia, to attending UCF for her BA and MA degrees, to teaching amazing UCF students, to returning to Florida as a professor. She will discuss how Writing and Rhetoric can prepare students and professionals to build justice-driven, impactful futures.
Students will present their research projects on an array of writing-related topics including culture, writing processes, and rhetorical analyses.
How is language connected to literacy and identity? Four student writers discuss their examination of literacy access, using language as a vehicle to connect with heritage, and how multilingual individuals navigate different linguistic discourses. They’ll share the ups and downs and unexpected challenges that both language and literacy bring, including a crisis of linguistic identity, linguistic intolerance, connection, rhetorical attunement, and literacy success. Panelists include Ema Antochi, Keziah Olajide, and Anthony Trombetta.
The “Convergence/Rhetoric” Undergraduate Student panel presentation where students present the research they have published in DWR’s undergraduate journal "Convergence/Rhetoric.” During the presentation, students will discuss their research, the insights they gained from the research process and share what they learned about academic research and the work of being an academic scholar. They will also reflect on their experience and discuss what they would have done differently if given the opportunity to repeat the process. The presentation will provide an opportunity for the audience to learn about the students' research findings, as well as the challenges and successes they experienced during the process.
A pair of Department of Writing and Rhetoric graduate students will be presenting research:
- Kitty Geoghan: “Transitioning from Dalton Academy: Using Fanfiction as Counterstory in First-Year Composition Studies”
- Jacqueline Cano Diaz: “What Should I Wear?: A Multimodal Approach to the Rhetorical Choices of Clothing.”
3:30 p.m. • Writing Within and Across Disciplines: Perspectives on the Past, Present, and Future of Writing
In this session, UCF faculty members across disciplines will describe the roles that writing plays in their lives and their fields. They will share their past experiences learning to write within their academic fields and beyond, and they will explain the ways that they have used their own experiences to inform their teaching and writing. As they discuss the pressing issues that they see for writers in today’s university settings, they will also imagine the future of writing in their fields and beyond. During this roundtable discussion, attendees will be sure to hear a mix of personal anecdotes and pertinent advice with potential applications across fields and industries. The roundtable will be moderated by Director of Writing Across the Curriculum, Dr. Laurie A. Pinkert and will include faculty panelists: Dr. Necati Catbas, Professor of Civil, Environmental, and Construction Engineering; Dr. Nicole Damico, Associate Professor of Teacher Education/English Language Arts; and Dr. Carlton Patrick, Assistant Professor of Legal Studies.
Thursday, February 9, 2023
Student Union, Pegasus Ballroom
These four student scholars took up questions from writing and literacy studies that were connected to their own lives—questions such as, how do abstract literacy sponsors (like a monolingual culture) affect writers and speakers from diverse backgrounds? How do nonverbal sports literacies influence workplace literacies? How can people in Kazakhstan code mesh Kazakh and Russian languages while using the grammar of both languages? How do the literacies of puppy raising impact the literacies of college studies and success? Find out how these students set out to answer these questions and what they learned. Panelists include Michael Bassett, Evan Hurt, Iliya Klishin, and Alyssa Marrero.
10:30 a.m. • Disciplinary Expertise in Action: How Students Are Solving Problems Through Writing and Rhetoric
Expertise in writing and rhetoric can take many forms: multimedia strategies, editing techniques, research abilities, knowledge of writing conventions, collaborative approaches to working with writers across contexts, and more. In this panel presentation, members of the Spring 2023 Writing and Rhetoric Capstone course will describe the ways they’ve developed, honed, and/or applied their rhetorical expertise to solve emergent problems academic, professional, or civic contexts.
Take a break, go for a walk, or enjoy lunch with colleagues and friends.
1:30 p.m. • Tutors Speak: Working with—and Learning from—UCF Writers in the University Writing Center
The University Writing Center provides members of the UCF community with free individual and group peer consultations at any stage of the writing process. In this session, a panel of experienced UWC student consultants will share experiences and perspectives they’ve gained from their time working in the center. This will include discussion of how and why they became writing consultants, what they’ve learned from their time in the center, and what they value about working with UCF writers. Anyone interested in taking advantage of the UWC as a service, working in the UWC, or learning a little more about writing at UCF will enjoy this session!
Join us for light refreshments at the Knights Write Showcase Awards Ceremony. Dean Jeff Moore will present awards and impart some wisdom about how he has used writing in his career. Dean Moore has served as a tenured Professor of Music, Chair of the Music Department, and Director of the School of Performing Arts at UCF.
Wednesday, February 8, 2023 • 9:30 – 10:30 a.m.
Building Impactful Futures through Writing, Rhetoric, and Community: Stories from a UCF Alumna
Dr. Laura Gonzales ’09 ’11MA
In this talk, Dr. Gonzales will tell stories and share research to illustrate how her training in Writing and Rhetoric at UCF helped her develop a career focused on highlighting the importance of language diversity in classrooms, workplaces, and communities. Going to school and teaching in Florida, a state that benefits greatly from immigration and language diversity, can provide students at multiple levels with important opportunities to shape communication and build their careers. Dr. Gonzales will share her journey from moving to Orlando as an immigrant from Bolivia, to attending UCF for her BA and MA degrees, to teaching amazing UCF students, to returning to Florida as a professor. She will discuss how Writing and Rhetoric can prepare students and professionals to build justice-driven, impactful futures.