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The 4th International Conference on Writing Analytics: Writing Analytics, Data Mining, and Student Success (http://toolsforwriters.com/) 

Held on the University of South Florida's St. Petersburg campus from January 12-13, 2017, this conference provides a forum for researchers and faculty from writing studies, predictive analytics, and corpus linguistics to explore the emergence of writing analytics and data mining as a primary concern for academe, and as a method to develop fairness in assessment practices and thereby facilitate student success.

Featured speakers will report on pioneering efforts in big data studies and progress in developing intelligent tutorial systems and artificial intelligence. Conference attendees will explore how scores and comments on writing projects in the freshman year can be used to increase retention and student success.

This conference also marks the launch of the Journal of Writing Analytics (http://journalofwritinganalytics.org). The editors will host a session during the conference to describe the mission of the journal and encourage manuscript proposals. Sponsored by the Colorado State University Open Press, Analytics encourages new perspectives on writing research. Those registered for the conference are especially welcome to submit publications for the inaugural 2017 issue.

You can register for the conference at (http://bit.ly/2fxYCEg). Early registration closes on 12/1/16, and we anticipate not being able to meet demand so we encourage you to register asap. Given the conference falls right before a holiday weekend (Martin Luther King, Jr. Day), you may want to extend your stay to visit our beaches.

Joseph M. Moxley, Ph.D.

Professor of English | Director, First-Year Composition

University of South Florida