The ABC conference went surprisingly well. I will never again drive to
My Friday presentation was scatterbrained and impromptu as usual – maybe I just should give up and use Powerpoint like everyone else – but a small group stuck around, good-naturedly disagreed with me, and asked good questions. I met some nice people. For example, a fellow I sat down next to at lunch turned out to have a degree in religion and we had a long talk on citations in the gospels. It’s pleasant to meet someone that has read everything I have and knows what I’m talking about.
I was also invited to the rhetoric SIG, which was interesting, and I tagged along with a large group of
They were shocked to learn that I take 4 and teach 2, which I found amusing. All of them were 2 and 2, a fanciful proposition ’round these parts.
I was only there for the day, but my impression of ABC was that its focus was mainly on business writing as opposed to more lofty “technical” writing, and it catered equally to non-tenure-track folks.
Another thing emerged from the experience that I did not anticipate – I should probably try to publish my termination letter work. Until now I didn’t really have the drive to write it up, article-style; now, I really want to make the case for more humanistic composition. I knew of course a long time ago that no one has said much on this stuff – but I have not realized the full implications until now. I wonder if one of ABC’s journals would take it. There is certainly a hunger in some of the folks there for rhetorical analysis. We’ll see.
To close, here’s a picture (missing, 3/29/07) of the very impressive monument in front of the