2018 Liberal Studies Writing Workshop

Posted on 4/16/2018 8:51:25 AM

The Liberal Studies Office is sponsoring the annual Teaching of Writing Workshop on May 16 and 17, 2018, in the Humanities building, room 307, for IUP faculty and teaching assistants. Participants will enjoy a continental breakfast each morning and delicious lunches each day. Breakfast will begin at 8:30 a.m. The workshop will begin at 9:00 a.m and end at 4:00 p.m. on both days.

Attendance at a writing workshop is one of the requirements for a Type I Writing Professor designation. Faculty in departments that are developing writing plans are encouraged to attend.

The two-day workshop is co-led by Bryna Siegel Finer, director of Writing Across the Curriculum, and Edel Reilly, director of Liberal Studies and professor of Mathematics. It also features Ben Rafoth, director of the Kathleen Jones Writing Center. It’s fully interactive—we do a lot of writing.

Time is spent talking together about:

  • Strategies to use with students to help them improve their writing
  • Ways to create effective writing assignments
  • How to use writing as a teaching/learning tool, how to respond to student writing effectively and efficiently, and more

We practice strategies individually, in small groups, and as a whole (which is anywhere from about 10–20 people from disciplines across the university), and you leave with assignments, activities, and other things to do in your classes. Plus, there’s great food, good conversation, and you meet a community of faculty from across the university who are also interested in integrating writing more effectively into their classrooms.

Here’s what last year’s attendees said in anonymous evaluations:

  • “The workshop was just wonderful. I hesitated to sign up for this workshop because I thought I didn’t do writing assignments in my classes because I don’t have formal research papers, but I recognized that I actually do a lot of writing assignments. This is the sort of thing that makes me realize why I wanted to work at a university—makes teaching fun and so great to hear what all my creative colleagues are doing.”
  • “Really helped me think about the writing I assign in my classes and how I can improve them to enhance student learning.”
  • “I liked that we were given concrete ideas about how to integrate more useful writing assignments in classes.”

You may register for the workshop online

Registration deadline: Wednesday, May 9, at noon.