From Scott Launier—
Our 7th annual Knights Write Showcase, celebrating the best and most interesting writing that comes out of first-year composition, will be held February 1. The showcase will again allow students to participate in both panel and poster presentations to share their work, culminating in the awarding of the John C. Hitt Prize, representing the president’s choice of the best of UCF’s First-Year Writing Program.
The Knights Write Showcase holds significant value for our students. Presenting at the showcase offers a unique and respected mark on their resumes. In addition, students who attend the showcase when enrolled in an FYC course are often inspired and motivated by the projects they observe. Students presenting at the showcase have gone on to other achievements, ranging from winning the Department of Writing and Rhetoric award for Undergraduate Excellence to earning employment doing viral research at the National Institute of Health in Washington DC.
According to the Department of Writing and Rhetoric website, “The Knights Write Showcase provides a chance for students and faculty from across campus to get a glimpse of the exciting work currently going on in our First-Year Writing Program. Activities include student displays, student panels, a faculty panel, and the Stylus Awards Ceremony” (http://writingandrhetoric.cah.ucf.edu/showcase.php).
What can you do to participate?
- Plan to bring your students to the showcase. Some instructors bring students during class time or offer extra credit for attending and writing a brief summary of panel and poster presentations.
- Have students read papers published in Stylus and watch prior Knights Write Showcase presentations available at the of Writing and Rhetoric website. Students can discuss how they can add to these conversations.
- Be on the lookout for ENC 1101 and 1102 student work that you can submit to be considered for panel or poster presentation at the next Knights Write Showcase!
- Consider joining the Knights Write Showcase committee. The committee usually meets once in the spring and once in the fall to review FYC projects submitted for showcase consideration.