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For Immediate Release
September 13, 2011

IPFW Speaker to Talk About Digital Writing and Why it Matters

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  • Digital writing expert to speak at IPFW
  • Troy Hicks of Central Michigan University presents “Teaching the iGeneration:  Because Digital Writing Matters”
  • Wednesday, Sept. 21, 7 p.m., Kettler Hall, Room G-46
  • Free and open to the public
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FORT WAYNE, Ind.—Writing is writing, right? Not necessarily! For every kind of media, there is a style of writing and without question, writing continues to change in the twenty-first century. Teachers, administrators, parents, and other stakeholders value the teaching of writing. They see that our notion of what it means to be literate is evolving, yet continue to wonder how best to teach writing in a digital age.

To help sort that out, Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne’s (IPFW’s) Writing Program and the Chapman Distinguished Professor of English are sponsoring a presentation by Troy Hicks, an assistant professor of English at Central Michigan University (CMU), Wednesday, Sept. 21, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in Kettler Hall, Room G-46. Hicks will present “Teaching the iGeneration: Because Digital Matters.”

Based on the work with the National Writing Project, participants will discuss practices that hold promise as educators develop understandings of what it means to write digitally, create spaces for digital writing in their schools, and extend assessment practices that account for the complexities of writing in a digital world.

Hicks’ research focuses on the teaching of writing, literacy and technology, teacher education, and professional development. He is director of CMU’s Chippewa River Writing Project, author of The Digital Writing Workshop, and co-author of Because Digital Writing Matters.

The lecture is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Karol Dehr, associate director of writing, Department of English and Linguistics, 260-481-6074 or