Like Charles, I don't quite know how I'll pull it off, but I plan to attend!

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On Sep 13, 2013, at 1:48 PM, "Valerie Sutton" <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

SignWriting List
September 13, 2014

Hi Everyone -
At this moment, I am not sure where we will find the money either, but let's start planning and then I am going to write grants for the event and maybe we can find the funding!

So right now, can everyone tell me, what dates in July are best for you? Can others tell us your schedules? 

The SignWriting Symposium 2014 will be focused on developing Wikipedias in different sign languages… We will try to help other countries to start their own Wikipedias in their sign languages… plus add to our ongoing ASL Wikipedia ...

So we will be teaching everyone how to write articles in the Wikipedias and how to manage their country's Wikipedia site too… how to do editing and how to use the software and so on …

Plus I hope we can have a call for papers and presentations on SignWriting research and educational projects around the world - plus perhaps a workshop on SignWriting teaching the writing system for those who want to learn, and also maybe a workshop on learning how to use SignWriting software…

so it will be a wonderful Symposium, and only the first of many in La Jolla I hope…

Actually this will be our second Symposium. The first one was held in Brussels, Belgium in 2005. Thank you to Kathleen Heylen and her team for making that possible!

SignWriting Symposium, 2005
Brussels, Belgium

So now we have:

SignWriting Symposium, 2014
La Jolla, California

Val ;-)


On Sep 13, 2013, at 10:20 AM, Charles Butler <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

Put me in at this time. I'm not sure where I will find the money, but I need to be there. 
Charles Butler
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Clear writing moves business forward.

From: Valerie Sutton <[log in to unmask]>
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Sent: Friday, September 13, 2013 1:17 PM
Subject: Re: The SignWriting Symposium in 2014

SignWriting List
September 13, 2013

Yes! An exciting event. And I already know of some new conference rooms, that I just saw Tuesday evening, that are 8 steps from La Jolla Shores Beach….complete conference rooms with all the equipment necessary to have a wonderful conference, with a delightful cafe nearby and each room has its own patio and grill overlooking the water...

It is near the La Jolla Scripps Oceanography Research area connected with UCSD (University of California at San Diego) in La Jolla. It is called the "Scripps Seaside Forum" and it is absolutely gorgeous!

Take a look:

I am hoping to ask them to donate space since we are a non-profit, and if they cannot then we will find the funding…

I am going to investigate if these facilities will be available sometime in July, 2014. Watching the surfers through a big picture window while we are trying to concentrate on creating Wikipedias in many sign languages, may be a fun challenge - ha!

So we are aiming for the SignWriting Symposium taking place in La Jolla California July 2014… no matter what building houses the event ...

Can any of you come?

My question is…do you want to be here to watch the fireworks on the beach for the American celebration of the Fourth of July? (our Independence Day)? Or would you prefer mid July? End of July?

Here are some possible dates…

June 30 - July 4


July 7 - July 11


July 14 - July 18

Would you like a one-week Symposium? Or longer? If you are traveling from Brazil or Italy or Malta or…. there is jet lag and you may want some time to see San Diego before and after?

Love your feedback!

Val ;-)


On Sep 13, 2013, at 9:32 AM, Romero <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

> That's a great idea Steve
> Nancy Romero
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> On Sep 13, 2013, at 9:29 AM, Stephen E Slevinski Jr <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
>> Hi list,
>> I hope we can all get together next year in 2014 for a SignWriting Symposium. Talking with Valerie, the 3rd week in July, 2014 is a possibility.
>> I created a small slideshow with some ideas to get things going.
>> I created a facebook page to help organize the event.
>> I hope this can be an international event. If you are interested in attending, please send to the list, send to me privately, or post on the facebook page.
>> Attending: in California or remotely online
>> Country:
>> Language:
>> Organization:
>> Name:
>> Major interests:
>> Will you be providing any information?
>> Presentation, paper, poster, or website.
>> Would you like to participate in any working groups?
>> Tutorials, lessons, and hackathon.
>> Are you interested in any discussion groups?
>> User interface, encoding, and standards.
>> I will be updating the slideshow as I get additional information and ideas.
>> Regards,
>> ∼Steve