The 1966 Seminar

On August 20, 1966, more than 50 scholars from the US and UK (and few from Canada) gathered on Dartmouth College’s idyllic campus to discuss a question of great interest to English departments across the US and UK: What is college English? Very quickly the conversation turned to a more specific – and, at least for those gathered that summer, more pressing – question: How do we teach writing? This seminar (whose official title was “Anglo-American Conference on the Teaching and Learning of English”) laid the foundation for the US field we now know as Composition or Writing Studies.

For more information about the 1966 Dartmouth Seminar, see our Brief History of the 1966 Seminar and Impact of the 1966 Seminar or NCTE’s partial digital archive of documents from the Seminar.