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Regional Writing Centre 10 year Anniversary Symposium on Writing

Lawrence Cleary

Thursday, 1 June 2017 from 08:30 to 17:00 (IST)

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Regional Writing Centre, University of Limerick, 10-year Anniversary One-day Symposium on Writing

Why good academic writers perform poorly in the workplace: Teaching for transfer across contexts of writing

The Regional Writing Centre (RWC) is hosting a one-day symposium to celebrate its 10th year of operation. The symposium contests the notion that writing well in an academic context necessarily prepares graduates for the writing they will do in workplace contexts. Too often, it is observed that graduates do not assess the new writing situation, but remain reliant on the values, purposes, conventions and forms, etc., of academic writing. Graduates’ sense of authorship and audience can often be completely off the mark of what the corporate context requires. Our symposium wishes to bring academic and industry audiences together to hear and participate in discussions about the differences in their contexts and the impact of that difference and to come away with an understanding of what it is possible for academics to do to best prepare graduates for non-academic contexts, particularly, workplace contexts.

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Registration (Foyer of the main entrance to the Main Building) 




Regional Writing Centre

Co-Directors: Lawrence Cleary, Íde O’Sullivan, and Aoife Lenihan


Welcome Address:

Tony Donohoe, Head of Education and Social Policy, Irish Business and Employers Confederation (IBEC)


Writing for Business-not Academia. An analysis of what employers tell us they don’t like about Graduate Writing

Barry McLoughlin, Senior Training Consultant, The Communication Clinic.





A writer for all reasons: Transitions in and out of school       

Anthony Paré, Professor and Head of Language and Literacy Education Department, University of British Columbia 


Practice Based Reflections 

Writing with Radical Empathy:

Reader Response Theory as an Aid to Learner Awareness

Susan Norton, PhD, DIT School of Languages, Law & Social Sciences




The power of written communication: The experience of one of Ireland's top 10 businesses


Edel Clancy, Director of Communications & Corporate Affairs Musgrave Group


How Composers Write across Contexts: Teasing Out Conditions for Transfer

Kathleen Blake Yancey, Kellogg W. Hunt Professor of English, Florida State University


Panel Discussion

Prof. Sarah Moore, AVPA, UL, Tony Donohoe, IBEC, Barry McLoughlin , The Communication Clinic; Edel Clancy, Musgrave Group; Prof. Anthony Paré, University of British Columbia; Prof. Kathleen Blake Yancey, Florida State University  


Symposium Close

Lawrence Cleary


Terri Culligan                                                              

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When & Where

University of Limerick
Jean Monnet Lecture Theatre,
Main Building

Thursday, 1 June 2017 from 08:30 to 17:00 (IST)

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