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Frequently Asked Questions

  • Who should attend?

    Undergraduate students of any major who are interested in developing and conducting research projects to expand our knowledge and improve our practices in fields of composition, rhetoric, and writing center studies should attend.

  • How do I apply for attendance and travel grants?

    First, read the call for proposals, then you can apply for attendance and for a travel grant. 

  • Do I have to have a project started to attend?

    Though we value any experience with research that you bring to the workshop, you do not have to have conducted or prepared any research before attending; the most important thing is that you have considered a topic—or several—that interest you. But if you do have research underway, that’s great! We can help you take it to the next level. The application process will help you articulate the stage you have reached, and we’ll help you from there. During the conference, you will have the opportunity to focus your research question, experiment with methods, and draft (or enrich) your project. The ideas that you generate at the conference will be shared in a poster session to fellow workshop participants so you can get real-time feedback. So, just hope come ready to talk about the topics that interest you and we can work with you at any stage of the process.

  • What should I bring?

    Please bring a laptop to use during the individual work section of the workshop (if you do not have one, a laptop will be provided upon request) and notes from any of your previous research that you are interested in building upon.

    You should also have access to any materials related to the research you are doing. We’ll supply everything else.

  • Is the campus accessible?

    York College's campus and the hotel visiting students and faculty stay in are fairly accessible; however, if you have any special concerns about accessibility, please do not hesitate to send an email to one of the addresses provided below: we want you here. There is also a space on the application form to list special needs.

  • What are the fees to attend the workshop?

    If you receive a Naylor Scholarship and Travel Grant,  all meals and lodging will be provided free of charge, and you may receive funds to cover or offset other travel expenses. When you apply, you will also be considered for this travel grant. Most attendees are also funded in this way.

    If you are a York College of Pennsylvania student, there are no fees.

    Since we strive to make the workshop financially accessible, if you have special financial needs in order to attend, do let us know on the application.

  • What meals are included with the workshop registration?

    Six meals will be provided during the conference: dinner if you can join us on Friday evening, breakfast, lunch and dinner on Saturday and breakfast and lunch on Sunday. You can list dietary needs on the application form.

  • Where is the workshop held?

    The workshop will be held in the Center for Community Engagement at 59. E. Market Street in York, PA. Lodging is provided at a local hotel. More detailed instructions as to where to meet in these buildings for the workshops will be shared at a later date.

  • What is the recommended student attire?

    The opening banquet and plenary on Friday night is business casual. The rest of the workshop is casual. We encourage you to wear comfortable shoes and check the local weather before you arrive. Bring a sweater, in case we have cool evenings or if you are sensitive to air conditioning. Bottom line: Wear what makes you feel creative!