Volume 22, Number 2, Summer 2005

From the Editors' Desktops

Heather Graves

Roger Graves

The University of Western Ontario


While it has been some time since the conference, this post-conference edition of the newsletter will encourage readers to revist some of the "big questions" that we pondered on the coast of the Atlantic.

We start this issue where we ended the conference, with both photographic evidence and a commentary from Nan Johnson's "Deepening the Questions" wrap-up session. The picture contrasts with the chart at the end of the file and may help provoke some thoughts about the materiality of writing and how that affects meaning. Take a look. And if you want to see photos from the conference, visit this link: http://www.stu.ca/inkshed/inkshed22/shedpix/

The next piece in the newsletter comes from Russ Hunt, an extension of issues that came up in the Annual General Meeting session. Inkshed, the organization, needs some renovation, some tender loving care or maybe just some tough love. Russ raises these questions:

  • Do we need a more active and clearly defined board?
  • Is there a reason to have a president, or some other executive officer who would take responsibility for planning AGMS and conducting discussions of issues that might arise between conferences?
  • Can we (should we) leave that with the treasurer?

We need a plan and then some action. Read Russ' piece and post your thoughts to CASLL, if you have a moment or two.

On a less serious note, we reprint here the text of one of the many delightful contributions to Talent Night, a performance piece of prodigious proportions from Lise de Villiers, Trudy MacCormack, Wendy Kraglund-Gauthier.

Three book reviews round out the issue. Tosh Tachino reviews Conversations about writing: Eavesdropping, inkshedding, and joining in by Elizabeth Sargent and Cornelia Paraskevas. As readers of this newsletter will no doubt notice, inkshedding occurs in the title and Elizabeth Sargent, a contributor to CASLL and this newsletter, is one of the authors. In her review of Heather Graves' in Rhetoric in(to) Science: Style as Invention in Inquiry, Rebecca Carruthers Den Hoed provides us with the fascinating image of rheotricians " spilling out of the realm of epistemology and into the realm of ontology". To find out what is causing this unseemly behavior, take at look at her review, "How Did Rhetoric Get Into Science? And What Is It Doing In There, Anyway?" Wendy Kraglund-Gauthier's review of Patricia Cranton's Becoming an Authentic Teacher in Higher Education brings back the issue of authenticity in the teaching of writing, an idea that has come up on the CASLL list from time-to-time.

As always, we're eager to read what you've written. The next deadline for this newsletter will be December 1. We hope you enjoy this issue and feel moved to read and write in response to it.


Table of Contents Nan Johnson , "Wrap-up"