Make us an offer we can't refuse
Since the first Inkshed Working Conference, in 1984, the purpose of the conference has been twofold:
So Inkshed has typically been small, and often (though hardly exclusively) dealt with Canadian contexts and concerns, and has usually included elements designed to foster real exchange of ideas. Elements, often, that you don't find at "conventional" conferences -- most regularly, and most dramatically, inkshedding itself.
The theme for Inkshed 25 is "Inkshedding in the 21st Century." We're excited that the idea is coming home to where it all started, and we think all of us would like to know what's become of it in the past quarter of a century.
We believe the Inkshed conference should give participants the best possible opportunity to share what they're working on, what they're thinking about, what they're puzzled by, and to get the most thoughtful possible responses from the Inkshed community (and, not incidentally at all, to have a good time with colleagues).
We think we can do better than twenty minute read presentations. Here's how we think we can pull all of those goals together.
Propose what you'd like to share with the rest of us. It would be good if it dealt with what's become of the Inkshed idea now that we're solidly into the 21st century, but really, if you're interested in language and learning, other inkshedders are interested, too, whether it fits the conference theme or not. We'd be especially interested in collaborative proposals, of course; Inkshed has been about collaboration from the beginning. Be as specific as you can about what you have to say -- what questions you're dealing with, what you've learned that the rest of us might like to know, what you'd like to ask us.
There are two ways to make your proposal; you can send it to firstname.lastname@example.org., or you can go to the Inkshed 25 wikispace -- click on inkshed25.wikispaces.com -- and post it there for discussion by all of us. Let's make this a good one.
We'll respond, with acceptance, or maybe with suggestions as to how you might participate, and we'll negotiate. Some ideas, we know, are best presented as discourse from a presenter, and we'll welcome that -- but we'd like alternatives as well. Among the possibilities we might suggest are these:
All accepted proposals will get a letter of acceptance and will be listed in the program.