With its interdisciplinary Teaching with Writing series, the Writing Across the Curriculum program offers University instructors a regular series of workshops, seminars, short-courses, discussions, and consultations.
We support writing instruction in the following ways:
Seminars, Short Courses, and Workshops
Teaching with Writing seminars, short courses, and workshops provide interactive, structured professional development sessions related to integrating course-relevant writing instruction for faculty and instructors. Workshops feature single sessions on topics related to teaching with writing, while the Five-Day Teaching with Writing Faculty Seminar and the Teaching with Writing Online Short Course provide more in-depth and context-relevant assistance.
Workshops provide practical advice for classroom activities and hands-on practice in specific techniques that faculty can then import into their classrooms and courses. Workshops are our most frequent and most interactive genre and are offered regularly throughout the semester. View current workshop offerings
Previous topics include proposing an effective WI course, aligning course assignments with learning goals, teaching writing in five-minute increments, building effective peer response activities, and developing writing practices to promote synthesis. We regularly offer workshops based on faculty requests, so please feel free to submit your ideas and suggestions.
Faculty Writing Hunkers: This interdisciplinary program coordinates writing retreats for faculty and P&A staff members. Writing Hunkers aim to create a supportive and productive community of scholarly writers from a wide range of disciplines and a range of academic ranks at the University of Minnesota. Read more
Discussions with Readings: Participants are encouraged to explore controversial issues in contemporary writing pedagogy in a candid and open dialogue. Discussions typically include brief readings offering multiple perspectives on a topic or question.
Panel Discussions: Instructors present on and answer questions about their experiences teaching with writing in diverse fields. Panelist presentations are followed by robust discussion and question-and-answer sessions.
Faculty Learning Communities and Book Circles: These serial events bring together small groups of interested faculty to address topics of interest in greater depth. Previous book circles have addressed data visualization (Show Me the Numbers) and academic integrity (Cheating Lessons). We are always happy to convene book circles. Let us know if there is a text you are interested in discussing with colleagues!
In teaching consultations, we welcome discussion of questions or concerns about writing instruction, whether courses occur onsite or online. Because our definition of written text is multi-modal and expansive, we are happy to confer on assignments designed to elicit traditional paragraph prose, numeric text, and visual modes such as figures, sketches, etc.
Examples of consultation topics include…
- Designing goal-oriented and course-relevant approaches to writing and writing instruction
- Crafting high- and low-stakes writing assignments and activities
- Integrating brief and iterative instructional activities into class plans
- Responding to in-process drafts in ways that encourage revision
- Devising productive peer-response and self-assessment activities
- Grading student writing using valid, equitable, and efficient approaches
- Managing writing activity across course sections and instructors
Individual consultations are available at no cost and typically include follow-up conversations and communication.