Inventio in 5

Elizabeth Chamberlain, Rich Shivener, Leah Ciani, and Chanté Douglas

Season One

Inventio in 5 is a series in which recently published Kairos authors discuss their composing processes in videos of about 5 minutes. This season was produced in collaboration with Leah Ciani and Chanté Douglas, recent graduates from York University's Professional Writing program. Season One is available now on our YouTube channel and here on this page. A big thanks to authors Shantam Goyal, Stacey Copeland, Richard Holeton, Nancy Small, and Stephen Paur for participating in Season One. We're excited about the future of this series.

Shantam Goyal on composing "A Review of Politics and Pedagogy in the 'Post-Truth' Era: Insurgent Philosophy and Praxis, by Derek R. Ford"


In this interview, Shantam Goyal reflects on approaches to review writing for journalistic and scholarly contexts. Goyal composed a review of Derek Ford's book Politics and Pedagogy in the "Post-Truth" Era: Insurgent Philosophy and Praxis for issue 27.1 of Kairos. He considers how he constructs a reviewing identity, positioning himself carefully as an early-career academic, choosing words that have an appropriately grounded tone.

Stacey Copeland on composing "Why Podcast?: Podcasting as Publishing, Sound-Based Scholarship, and Making Podcasts Count"


In this interview, Stacey Copeland describes creating a scholarly podcast series about scholarly podcasting, with collaborator Hannah McGregor, published in issue 27.1 of Kairos. Copeland reflects on the importance of collaborating with people who understand each other's voices, the difference between high-fi and low-fi podcasting, and the impact of podcasting on her academic writing style.

Richard Holeton on composing "The Winograd Matrix"


In this interview, Richard Holeton describes the process of writing his interactive academic e-lit webtext, "The Winograd Matrix," published in issue 27.1 of Kairos. Holeton describes some of his e-lit influences and Twine instructional resources, reflects on how being retired has changed his writing process, and discusses how he ran up against technical limitations of writing with a new composing technology. He makes the argument that procrastinating is an important part of his writing process because it allows him time for percolating.

Nancy Small on composing "Reading for the Weaver: Amplifying Agency through a Material Rhetoric Methodology"


In this interview, Nancy Small describes writing her webtext that examines the ways that "material compositions"—woven textiles—tell stories and convey meaning, published in issue 27.1 of Kairos. She reflects on her engagement with her collaborator, Riyaz Bhat, a weaver she met in Doha, Qatar, who helped her develop a reading process for Central Asian tribal rugs. Small explains that she envisioned Kairos as the home of this piece from the beginning, that Bhat was not involved in the writing of the webtext but examined it after it had gone through editorial review, and that her composing process has changed as she's shifted from graduate student-style writing to a more expert position.

Stephen Paur on composing "Post-Trump Rhetoric and Composition"


In this interview, Stephen Paur describes writing his webtext review (published in issue 27.2 of Kairos), "Post-Trump Rhetoric and Composition," which critically examines Bruce McComiskey’s book, Post-Truth Rhetoric and Composition. Paur says that he decided to use the space of the review to go beyond simply evaluating, toward making an argument grounded in the content and context of McComiskey's book. He is candid about the context of the review, which began as a class assignment for a composition theory course and how he reevaluated his writing as his audience shifted from his professor to Kairos readers.