The CLA Summer Salon:
An online conversation series hosted by Shawna Shapiro

What is the goal?  The aim of this series is to have honest and helpful conversations about Critical Language Awareness and its applications to various aspects of our work as writing teachers, administrators, and scholars.  The long-term goal is to help build a community of practice for sustained dialogue and collaboration.  I have chosen to call these gatherings “salons” in order to emphasize that they are intended to be relaxed, informal conversations.

What are the logistics? We will gather on Zoom Wednesdays at 3:00pm Eastern (12pm Pacific time), starting June 8th and ending August 10th.There will be a theme for each session, and participants can register for the entire series, or for particular sessions that are most relevant to them (see schedule below).  The first 20-30 minutes of each Salon will involve structured conversation with the guest(s) for the week. Then we will open things up for larger Q&A. Meetings will be capped at around 50 participants, and will be recorded, if permission is given by that week’s guest(s).

How do I register? Please visit this link to register for one or more sessions in the series. (Because there is a cap on the number of attendees, please only sign up for sessions you are certain you can attend. If a particular week’s session has a substantial number of openings as the date approaches, I will be publicizing those via emails to relevant listservs).

What can I do to prepare?  If you are unfamiliar with CLA, you are encouraged to join the first session (on June 8th) to learn more. And/or you may wish to view the recording from a talk I gave in April, generously sponsored by Hamilton College, or explore the resources available at the CLA Collective website. For a deeper dive, check out my book, Cultivating Critical Language Awareness in the Writing Classroom. If you do not have access to the book and would like to read an excerpt, email me at sshapiro [at] The other way to prepare is to come with questions! When you complete the registration form, you will be invited to share some initial questions/topics you hope we will explore together.

Schedule of CLA Salons

Date @
3pm ET



June 8th  
Introduction to CLA CLA and Reading Instruction  Emily Suh (Texas State University)  
June 15th CLA, faculty development and upper-level writing coursesMing Feng and Ruilan Zhao
 (Florida International University)  
June 22ndCLA and Writing Across the Curriculum/Writing in the Disciplines (WAC/WID)  Sarah Tinker Perrault and Olivia Rowland (Oregon State University)
June 29thCLA and Writing Center workDaMonique Ballou (Barnard College)  Jessica Bannon (University of Indianapolis)  
  July 6th  CLA-oriented Writing Course DesignLisa Del Torto (Northwestern University) Whitney Gegg-Harrison (University of Rochester)  
July 13thCLA and Institutional Change    Jeffrey Galin (Florida Atlantic University)

July 20th
CLA Responses to Frequently Asked Questions about Language in Writing    Laura Aull (University of Michigan)
July 27th  CLA and Spanish Language InstructionClaudia Holguín Mendoza (U of California, Riverside) Leah Metzger (Phillips Academy)
Noelia Sanchez Walker (Yale University)  
August 3rdCLA and the Future of Rhetoric/Composition Andrea Lunsford (Stanford University)
August 10thBrainstorm for Future Events  YOU! 😊  

Thank you, and I look forward to seeing many of you at the Salons this summer!