I deliver talks and workshops at schools, non-profits, businesses, and conferences. I also provide expertise to the media.

Here are my areas of expertise:

  • mental health and disability;

  • higher education;

  • creative writing;

  • social justice issues;

  • and sexual assault.

Speaking Appearances

| Speaking Appearances | Media appearances | Expertise |


Sept. 24, 2016 | “Disclosure in the Era of the First-Person Industrial Complex.” Talk delivered at the Creative Writing Studies Association Conference, Asheville, NC.

Sept. 24, 2016 | “Breaking Genre Expectations in Psychiatric Memoirs.” Talk delivered at the Creative Writing Studies Association Conference, Asheville, NC.

Apr. 8, 2016 | “Writing For Action: A Crash Course in Journalism Genres.” Talk delivered at the Conference on College Composition and Communication, Houston, TX.

Mar. 11, 2016 | “Three Strategies to Help New Legal Writers Excel in the Workplace.” Talk delivered at the Capital Area Legal Writing Conference, University of Maryland School of Law, Baltimore, MD. Co-presenter: Professor Alexa Z. Chew.

Feb. 12, 2016 | “Writing Through the Transition: Helping New Legal Writers Excel in the Workplace.” Talk delivered at the University of North Carolina School of Law Festival of Legal Learning. Co-presenter: Professor Alexa Z. Chew.

Dec. 4, 2015 | “Give Feedback Like a Legal Supervisor: Strategies to Teach Professionalism.” Talk delivered at the LWI One-Day Workshop, New Orleans, LA. Co-presenter: Professor Alexa Z. Chew.

Dec. 16, 2015 | “From NICU to Novelist.” Talk delivered at the O’Henry Women’s Club, Greensboro, NC.

Sept. 25, 2015 | “Write, Cite, and Invite: Three Strategies for Efficient Adaptation to the Evolving Legal Profession.” Talk delivered at the Central States Legal Writing Conference, St. Louis, MO. Co-presenter: Professor Alexa Z. Chew.

Sept. 9, 2015 | “Marketing Your Book.” Panel talk delivered on behalf of the Nonfiction Authors Association.

May 11, 2015 | “Workshop on Psychiatric Disability: Countering Ableism & Stigma.” Workshop for Faculty and Staff of the University of North Carolina School of Government, Chapel Hill, NC.

March 6, 2015 | “Implementing Genre Discovery in Your Legal Writing Classroom.” Talk delivered at the Capital Area Legal Writing Conference, Williamsburg, VA.

March 19, 2015 | “Coming ‘into’ Adjacency in Disability Studies.” Talk delivered at the Conference on College Composition and Communication, Tampa, FL. Panel Co-organizer and Chair, “Rhetorical Adjacency: Composing Disability Narratives as the Near, Dear, or Peer.” Download Talk Transcription.

Feb. 13, 2015 | “Bridging the Gap Between Law School and Law Practice.” Talk delivered at the UNC Law Festival of Legal Learning (a continuing legal education program). Co-presenter Professor Alexa Z. Chew of UNC Law. Talk based on research findings of the New Legal Writers Survey.

Feb. 9, 2015 | “Using Genres to Teach Writing.” Professional development workshop delivered via teleconference to writing teachers at University of California at Santa Cruz.

Oct. 10, 2014 | “Heller’s Scapegoats: Psychiatric Disability, Gun Control, and Civil Commitment in the Era of Spree Killings.” Talk delivered at the North Carolina Law Review Symposium: Vulnerable Defendants in the Criminal Justice System. Served as Symposium Faculty Co-Chair with Professor Tamar Birckhead of UNC Law. An article based on this talk is forthcoming in the North Carolina Law Review.

June 2014 | “The Genre Discovery Approach: Teaching Law Students How to Write Any Legal Document.” Talk delivered at the Biennial Conference of the Legal Writing Institute, Philadelphia, PA. [View Slides] [View Write-Up]

May 2014 | “Between Civil Rights and Individual Rights: Pragmatism, Individualism, and the Rhetorics of Affirmative Action.” Talk delivered at the Rhetoric Society of America Biennial Conference, San Antonio, TX. Panel Organizer: The Borders of Law and Rhetoric.

April 2014 | “Authority Lost: The DSM-5’s Fall From Legal Grace.” Keynote talk delivered at the second annual Composing Disability conference at George Washington University, Washington, DC. [View Slides]

April 2014 | Invitee to and guest of the Colloquium on Rhetoric and Law at the University of Alabama at Huntsville. Keynote Guest: Professor Stanley Fish.

March 2014 | “Bipolar Rhetorics: Using Genre Theory to Reconcile Rhetoric From and Rhetoric About Psychiatric Disability.” Talk delivered at the Conference on College Composition and Communication, Indianapolis, IN. [View Handout]

May 10, 2013 | “Polished Writing for Paralegals.” Keynote talk delivered at the North Carolina Bar Association Paralegal Division Annual Meeting in Greensboro, NC.  (Co-Presenter Clinical Assistant Professor Kaci Bishop of UNC Law.)

March 2013 | “Making Madness Public: The Genre of Coming Out Stories of the Psychiatrically Disabled.” Talk delivered at the Conference on College Composition and Communication, Las Vegas, NV.

March 2013 | Workshop Co-Organizer and Chair: “Genres in Action.” Conference on College Composition and Communication, Las Vegas, NV.

March 2013 | “Rhetorical Genre Theory for Legal Writing Pedagogy.” Work-in-progress paper presented at the Law and Rhetoric Colloquium hosted by Stetson University College of Law.

Feb. 8, 2013 | “Polish Your Writing to (Near) Perfection.” Talk delivered at the UNC Festival of Legal Learning, Chapel Hill, NC. (Co-Presenter Clinical Assistant Professor Kaci Bishop of UNC Law.)

Dec. 2012 | “Writing Professionally is Writing Ethically.” Talk delivered at the Legal Writing Institute One-Day Workshop, University of North Carolina School of Law, Chapel Hill, NC.

May 2012 | “Reframing Sanity: Scapegoating the Mentally Ill in the Case of Jared Loughner.” Talk delivered at the Rhetoric Society of America Conference, Philadelphia, PA. A chapter based on this talk was published in Re/Framing Identifications (edited by Michelle Ballif, 2013) [download].

May 18, 2012 | “Core Grammar for Paralegals.” Keynote talk delivered at the North Carolina Bar Association Paralegal Division Annual Meeting in Greensboro, NC.

May 10, 2012 | “Tales from the Trenches.” UNC Faculty Panelist for the Center for Faculty Excellence at UNC, Chapel Hill, NC.

March 2012 | “Discovering Law Through Genres.” Talk delivered at the Conference on College Composition and Communication, St. Louis, MO. Featured Panel Co-Organizer: “Genres in Transition.”

March 2012 | “Using Technology in Law School to Win the ‘War Against Grammar.'” Talk delivered at the Institute for Law Teaching and Learning Conference, Durham, NC (Co-Presenter Professor Ruth Ann McKinney of UNC Law).

Feb. 10, 2012 | “Invention Strategies to Beat Legal Writer’s Block.” Talk delivered at the UNC Festival of Legal Learning, Chapel Hill, NC.

Feb. 11, 2011 | “The Present State of the War Against Grammar.” Talk delivered at the UNC Festival of Legal Learning, Chapel Hill, NC. (Co-Presenter Professor Ruth Ann McKinney of UNC Law.)

Sept. 2010 | “The Dangers of Unfair Prejudice: Enargeia, the Rules of Evidence, and Ethical Persuasion.” Paper presented at the Colloquium on Persuasion and Argumentation, Colloque international organisé par le CRAL à l’EHESS (École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales), 105 Bd. Raspail, 75006 Paris. Recipient of the UNC Center for Global Initiatives International Conference Travel Grant to present at the colloquium.

Sept. 22, 2010 | “Conquering Commas Once and For All.” Talk delivered at UNC Law on behalf of the Writing and Learning Resources Center.

May 2010 | “The Genre of the Mood Memoir and the Romance of Mental Illness.” Talk delivered at the Rhetoric Society of America Conference, Minneapolis, MN. Panel Co-Organizer: “Madness & Argumentation: Rhetorics of Neurological Difference.” An article based on this talk was later published: “The Genre of the Mood Memoir and the Ethos of Psychiatric Disability,” 40 Rhetoric Society Quarterly 479-501 (Issue 5, 2010) [download].

May 2010 | “The Artistic Ethos and the Romance of Mental Illness.” Work-in-progress paper presented at the Research Network of the Rhetoric Society of America Conference, Minneapolis, MN. Workshop directed by Professor Keith Gilyard. An article based on this workshop paper was later published: “The Creativity Mystique and the Rhetoric of Mood Disorders,” 31 Disability Studies Quarterly (Issue 3, Special Issue on Rhetoric and Disability, 2011) [download].

March 2010 | “Writing in the Disciplines / Law: Strategies for New Instructors.” Workshop delivered at the Conference on College Composition and Communication, Louisville, KY.

May 2009 | “Teaching Legal Writing with Sand in our Shoes: The Potential of Podcasting.” Co-Presenter Clinical Professor Ruth Ann McKinney of UNC Law. Presented at the North and South Carolina Legal Research and Writing Colloquium, Greensboro, NC.

Oct. 2008 | “The Art and Ethics of Persuasion.” Workshop conducted on legal writing and rhetoric at the North Carolina Conference of District Attorneys, Kitty Hawk, NC (Co-Presenter Associate Professor Jordynn Jack of UNC English).

May 2008 | “‘I Need to Live, Too’: The Unethical Rhetoric of Criminal Defense in American Legal Culture.” Paper presented at the Rhetoric Society of America Conference, Seattle, WA. An article based on this talk was later published: “Walking in Another’s Skin: Failure of Empathy in To Kill a Mockingbird,” in Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird: New Essays 174-89 (Michael Meyer ed., Scarecrow 2010) [download].

April 2008 | “Pedagogy and Pragmatism for Meaningful Diversity.” Work-in-progress paper presented at the Research Network Forum of the Conference on College and Composition and Communication, New Orleans, LA. Workshop directed by Professor Paul Butler.

March 1, 2008 | “Rhetoric, Writing, and Law at UNC.” Presentation to admitted students at the University of North Carolina Office of Undergraduate Admissions.

Feb. 2, 2008 | “Ten Things I Wish I’d Known Before Going to Law School.” Workshops on succeeding in law school for the UNC Phi Alpha Delta Pre-Law Fraternity. Also delivered to the UNCG Legal Professions Association (Oct. 26, 2006 and Feb. 22, 2006).

Dec. 2007 | “‘Pleadings All in Print’: The Function of Legal Discourse and Interpretation in Robert Browning’s The Ring and the Book.” Paper presented at the Modern Language Association Convention, Chicago, IL. Recipient of the Modern Language Association Travel Grant to present at the 2007 Annual MLA Convention.

Dec. 2007 | Panel Respondent: “Bound to Respect”: Surviving Dred Scott—An Attorney’s Perspective. Modern Language Association Convention, Chicago, IL. Recipient of the Modern Language Association Travel Grant to present at the 2007 Annual MLA Convention.

Oct. 19, 2007 | “Invention and Style: Using Writing Strategies to Develop Ideas and Eloquence in Writing.” Workshop conducted on legal writing and rhetoric for appellate defenders at the UNC Institute of Government (Co-Presenter Associate Professor Jordynn Jack of UNC English).

July 2007 | Instructor for North Carolina Road to Law School Program. Taught one-week Criminal Law seminar for North Carolina pre-law college students, hosted on the campus of UNCG.

March 2006 | “Composing the New Gender Politics: Language as a Pathway to Bodily Freedom.” Talk delivered at the Conference on College Composition and Communication, Chicago, IL. Panel Co-Organizer: Queering the Composition Classroom. Read a review of this panel in the journal Across the Disciplines. An article based on this talk was later published: “Intimate Pedagogy: The Practice of Embodiment in University Classrooms,” 1 Assuming Gender 62-77 (Issue 2, 2010) [download].

Jan. 29, 2006 | Instructor for UNC Law First Year Negotiation Skills Training. Taught negotiation skills to first year law students.

March 2005 | “The Ideology of Terror: Why We Will Never Win the ‘War’.” Talk delivered at the Popular Culture Association / American Culture Association  Conference, San Diego, CA. Winner of the Journal of American Culture Award for the Best Graduate Student Paper Presented at the 2005 Annual Meeting of the American Culture Association. An article based on this talk was later published in 28 Journal of American Culture 368-76 (2005) [download].

March 2005 | “‘Embrace This Prudent Alliance”: William Byrd of Westover and Intermarriage between Europeans and Native Americans.” Paper presented at the Philological Association of the Carolinas Annual Conference, Myrtle Beach, SC. An article based on this talk was later published in 23 Postscript 51-88 (2006): 51-88 [download].

Media Appearances

| Speaking Appearances | Media appearances | Expertise |

Below is a selection of my media appearances. Members of the media seeking interviews can best reach me via PM on Twitter.


Expertise

| Speaking Appearances | Media appearances | Expertise |

Below is a selection of my scholarly research, organized by topic. Please view my freelance writing page for more writing.


Mental Health, Psychiatry, Disability

“Heller’s Scapegoats.” 93 University of North Carolina Law Review 1493 (2015). [SSRN Download].

“Symposium Introduction: Vulnerable Defendants in the Criminal Justice System.” Authored with Faculty Co-Chair of the North Carolina Law Review Symposium, Professor Tamar Birckhead of UNC Law. 93 University of North Carolina Law Review 1211 (2015). [SSRN Download].

“Reframing Sanity: Scapegoating the Mentally Ill in the Case of Jared Loughner,” in Re/Framing Identifications 159-68 (Michelle Ballif ed., 2013). [SSRN Download].

“The Creativity Mystique and the Rhetoric of Mood Disorders,” 31 Disability Studies Quarterly (Issue 3, Special Issue on Rhetoric and Disability, 2011). [SSRN download].

“The Genre of the Mood Memoir and the Ethos of Psychiatric Disability,” 40 Rhetoric Society Quarterly 479-501 (Issue 5, 2010). [Download]. Reprinted in: Neurorhetorics 105-27 (Jordynn Jack ed., Routledge 2013). [Download]. Author Posting. (c) Katie Rose Guest Pryal, 2010. This is the author’s version of the work. It is posted here by permission of Katie Rose Guest Pryal for personal use, not for redistribution. The definitive version was published in Rhetoric Society Quarterly, Volume 40 Issue 5, October 2010. doi:10.1080/02773945.2010.516304 (http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/02773945.2010.516304)

Law, Legal Education, Higher Education

“Cut Clutter with ‘Checklist-Find’: Using Technology to Teach Effective, Efficient Revision.” May 2015. Authored with Professor Kaci Bishop of UNC Law. [SSRN Download].

“Report: Bridging the Gap between Law School and Law Practice.” Jan. 2015. Report co-authored with Professor Alexa Chew of UNC Law. [SSRN Download].

Co-Principal Investigator, New Legal Writers Survey (with Professor Alexa Chew of UNC Law) UNC Chapel Hill. Institutional Review Board-approved, ongoing survey of legal employers about their hiring practices and their expectations of new lawyers. 2013-Present. UNC Law Brooks Fund Grant recipient to support empirical research for work on this project.

“Report: Judicial Preferences For Writing Samples Based on Data Gathered from the New Legal Writers Survey,” Jan. 2014. Report co-authored with Professor Alexa Chew of UNC Law. [SSRN Download].

“The Genre Discovery Approach: Preparing Law Students to Write Any Legal Document,” 59 Wayne Law Review 531-81 (2014). [SSRN Download].

Co-Investigator, UNC Genre Project, http://genre.web.unc.edu. 2013-14. Lead Investigators are Professors Jordynn Jack and Jane Danielewicz of UNC English.

“A Lecturer’s Almanac,” Hybrid Pedagogy, Special Issue on Contingency in Higher Education, 21 Oct. 2013. [Read Online].

UNC Center for Faculty Excellence/Lenovo Instructional Innovation Grant, co-Author Dr. Leslie Frost of UNC English, $10,000.00. October 2010. [Grant page preserved here.]”Mapping the Culture Wars: American Legal Cultural Studies Now,” 2010 Euresis 158-70 (2010, Special Issue on Law). [SSRN download]”Intimate Pedagogy: The Practice of Embodiment in University Classrooms,” 1 Assuming Gender 62-77 (Issue 2, 2010). [SSRN download]. Reprint on SSRN was listed on SSRN’s Top Ten download list for the following SSRN distributions: CSN: Pedagogy (Topic), Cognition in Mathematics, Science, & Technology eJournal and LSN: Conflicting Rights (Topic).

“Review: The Celluloid Courtroom: A History of Legal Cinema, by Ross D. Levi,” 39 Journal of Popular Culture 164-65 (2006).

“Review: Entertaining Politics: New Political Television and Culture, by Jeffrey P. Jones,” 38 Journal of Popular Culture 1111-12 (2005).

Social Justice

“Hollywood’s White Legal Heroes and the Legacy of Slave Codes,” in Afterimages of Slavery: Essays on Appearances in Recent American Films, Literature, and Other Media 145-163 (Marlene Allen & Seretha D. Williams ed., 2012). [SSRN download].

“Walking in Another’s Skin: Failure of Empathy in To Kill a Mockingbird,” in Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird: New Essays 174-89 (Michael Meyer ed., Scarecrow 2010). [SSRN download]. Reprint on SSRN was listed on SSRN’s Top Ten download list for the following SSRN distributions: CSN: Mental Operations (Topic); CSN: Narrative & Story (Sub-Topic); Cognition & the Arts eJournal; CSN: Emotion (Topic); and Law & Prosociality eJournal; Human Cognition in Evolution & Development eJournal; Law & Literature eJournal; Law & Rhetoric eJournal; Law, Brain & Behavior eJournals; and Law, Norms & Informal Order eJournal.

“‘Embrace the Prudent Alliance’: William Byrd of Westover and Intermarriage between Europeans and Native Americans,” 23 Postscript 51-88 (2006): 51-88. [SSRN download]”Healing Feminism’s Broken Heart,” 25 Women’s Rights Law Reporter 167-75 (2004). [SSRN download]”Review: Democracy’s Debt: The Historical Tensions Between Political and Economic Liberty,” by M. Lane Bruner, 31 Rhetoric Review 343-46 (2012). [PDF].

“Harriet Wilson,” in Encyclopedia of African American Women Writers 629-632 (Yolanda Page ed., Greenwood 2007). [SSRN download]”Review: Law and Society in the South, by John W. Wertheimer,” 17 Southern Studies 113-16 (2010). [PDF]

Terrorism, War on Terror

“The Rhetoric Of Sissy-Slogans: How Denigrating The Feminine Perpetuates The Terror Wars,” 15 J. Gender Race & Just. 503-40 (2012). [SSRN download].

“The Ideology of Terror: Why We Will Never Win the ‘War’,” 28 Journal of American Culture 368-76 (2005). [SSRN download]. Article was cited in “Wars, Schemas, and Legitimation: Analyzing the National Discourse about War,” 119 Harvard Law Review 2099, 2106 fn. 45 (2006). Article won the Journal of American Culture Award for the Best Graduate Student Paper Presented at the 2005 Annual Meeting of the American Culture Association. Reprint on SSRN was listed on SSRN’s Top Ten download list for RHEW: Rhetoric & the Media (Topic).