R150. Don't Hate Your Life: Redesign Your Comp Class

Room 613/614, Washington State Convention Center, Level 6
Thursday, February 27, 2014
10:30 am to 11:45 am


Experienced composition writing professors share strategies for how to design a course that will engage students and not overwhelm instructors with unending piles of grading or grammar instruction. Using course texts ranging from Didion to Real Housewives, we will share practical and useful approaches for syllabus design, student success, managing your grading workload, and juggling multiple employers.



Rachel M. Simon is the author of the poetry collection Theory of Orange and the chapbook Marginal Road. She teaches writing, gender studies, and film classes at SUNY Purchase College, Pace University, Bedford Hills Correctional Facility, Poets House, and others.

Chloe Yelena Miller is the author of Unrest, a poetry chapbook. Her work has been published in Narrative and the Cortland Review among others. She teaches writing at Politics & Prose Bookstore in Washington, D.C., online at Fairleigh Dickinson University, and privately.

Melissa Febos is the author of the memoir, Whip Smart. Her work has been widely published and anthologized, and she has been featured in venues ranging from NPR’s "Fresh Air" to "Anderson Cooper Live." She is assistant professor of English at Monmouth University.

Kamilah Aisha Moon is the author of She Has a Name. Widely published in journals and anthologies, she is the recipient of fellowships from the Vermont Studio Center, the Fine Arts Work Center, and Cave Canem. She teaches poetry and creative writing for schools, colleges, and diverse organizations.

Alex Samets holds an MFA from Sarah Lawrence College and is an educator and activist teaching composition and literature at Bay Path College. With Jules Rosskam, she is co-writer of the film Thick Relations.


March 8–11, 2023
Seattle, Washington

Seattle Convention Center