Field Trip is a moderated, informal discussion forum. Like its namesake, the forum is meant as serious fun—a diversion from the regular curriculum, but still an important learning experience. Field Trip offers the opportunity to share ideas and concerns related to the conference that are not quite ready (or right) for formal papers. We hope for a lively, possibly contentious, yet respectful conversation. (Kind of what might transpire on the bus back and forth from school.) As moderator, I'll be contributing prompts that will be part question, part musing, part challenge. However, they're not meant to be representative of all that might be offered.
This online panel is open to all. I invite you to begin a threaded discussion by sending your written piece to be considered to me via e-mail. If your essay is posted to the blog anyone is free to respond by selecting the "comment" link featured at the end of each post. And I invite you to be a part of any discussion posted here—for instance The New and Improved, my first contribution, awaits your thoughts.
So, consider your permission slip signed and admission paid. Let's hit the road.