Mission and Vision: MnWE’s mission is to help transform writing and English into teaching and learning experiences using practical methodologies that serve students best. Our vision is to bring scholarly ideas and practical pedagogy together to help create the future of our disciplines.
Who We Are: The MnWE Coordinating Committee facilitates all MnWE activities as unpaid volunteers. The committee is comprised of university and college tenure-line and adjunct faculty, graduate students, administrators, editors, and high school faculty who teach advanced writing and English in the high schools.
What We Do: Minnesota Writing and English–MnWE–offers a two-day academic conference each spring in the metro area of Minnesota or occasionally in Greater Minnesota. Our annual conference is held in person and online simultaneously, which allows us to host speakers from around the world. Our annual gathering has been described at times as being better than some national conventions.
Annual MnWE Conference: The MnWE Conference includes interactive plenaries, many daily roundtable breakouts, lunches, free time to talk with colleagues, entertainment. Our roundtable sessions confound the usual conference style by replacing typical formal presentations with nontraditional, interactive events. Roundtables begin with several presenters speaking for several minutes each. After the short presentations, they and the audience discuss the viewpoints and experiences that have been presented. Most breakouts are comprised of small groups where we encourage presenters to entertain the new, the untried, and the old-but-revised in order to precipitate friendly, respectful questions and thoughtful answers.
Guidelines of the MnWE Community and Committee:
- MnWE is a community of writing, literature, and related faculty, students, and community members who share information through a listserv and attend an annual conference.
- MnWE is led by a collaborative committee of unpaid volunteers.
- MnWE focuses on practical pedagogy and equity in college-level Composition, Rhetoric, Creative Writing, Literature, Tutoring, and related professional activities.
- Our community reaches decisions by open communication and consensus.
- share views and listen carefully to understand each other’s perspectives,
- conduct helpful exchanges online and in-person (especially when we disagree),
- appreciate each other’s contributions to the MnWE movement,
- compliment and reinforce each other,
- and help participants have positive, motivating experiences.
Publications of MnWE: MnWE sponsors MnWE Journal, a free, yearly, online journal committed to topics about equity; and MnWE News, an online newsletter published six times a year. MnWE News is privately circulated and free to over 2500 English and Writing faculty (see below to subscribe). Both the Journal and the News offer teaching ideas, updates about our academic disciplines, and events, reviews, and resources.
Minnesota Writing and English Conference