Nancy Sommers, keynote speaker. Birmingham Institute 2019

When: August 16th 2019 9:00-4:00

Where: University Hall 2100, The University of Alabama at Birmingham (get directions)

Keynote Address: Nancy Sommers, Former Director of Harvard’s Expository Writing Program and Award-Winning Scholar in Rhetoric and Composition Studies.

About the Institute

The Birmingham Institute for Teaching Writing pursues a simple mission with a profound impact: to bring together writing teachers across the state for a meaningful conversation about teaching writing. BITW is founded on the premise that these teachers possess significant knowledge about the teaching of writing and that the opportunity to share this knowledge with colleagues can bring about a vibrant culture of writing in Alabama. 


Christopher Minnix
Founder and Director 
Associate Professor; Director of Freshman English
The University of Alabama at Birmingham
(205) 934-2725
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BITW provides a full day of activities designed to inform and inspire writing teachers. Collaborative sessions offer participants an opportunity to share their experiences and knowledge as teachers, as well as to network with other teachers in the state. In addition to these sessions, participants can choose specific pedagogy workshops that best fit their interests, including workshops on teaching freshman composition, creative writing, writing about literature, and business writing. A catered lunch provides time to get to know new colleagues and reconnect with old colleagues, and a keynote presentation provides an opportunity to explore current research on writing from experts in Composition Studies. 

BITWIn pursuit of its mission, BITW is open to all writing teachers in the state, including our friends and colleagues from Alabama’s community colleges, four-year colleges, and area high schools. The workshop is completely free of charge for all participants. 

If you are a writing teacher or program director in any Alabama community college, high school, or 4-year college or university, and you would like to join us, please contact us for additional information. 

We hope you will join us! 


The Birmingham Institute is grateful to Bedford/St. Martin’s and UAB’s Department of English for its continued sponsorship.