Winter 2018 Events and Workshops

UCI Writing Institute
Tuesday, January 16, 2018, from 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. (Humanities Gateway 1010)
Tuesday, February 20, 2018, from 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. (Humanities Gateway 1010)
Thursday, March 8, 2018, from 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. (Humanities Gateway 1010)

The UCI Writing Institute, sponsored by the Office of the Campus Writing Coordinator, invited interested faculty to commit to attending six lunches spread out over the winter and spring terms, 2018. These lunches offer faculty from across the campus the opportunity to discuss writing pedagogies in a relaxed but research-informed forum. The CWC prompts discussions with a series of discussion points, and guest presenters offer commentary about their research in writing pedagogy. The goal of these lunches is to foster a better understanding of how students learn to write, as well as how we might better prompt their literacy and communication development.

Effective Responses to Student Writing Workshop
Thursday, January 25, 2018, from 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. (Humanities Gateway 1010)

This workshop, sponsored by the Office of the Campus Writing Coordinator, will offer tips and guidelines for maximizing the impact of your responses to written assignments. Workshop facilitators will present and discuss different strategies for responding to student work that will both (1) get your students’ attention and (2) challenge them to take ownership of their learning and writing.

RSVP at by January 24, 2018. Lunch will be served.

Words on Film: The Challenges of Adapting Novels to Film
Monday, February 26, 2018, from 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. (Humanities Instructional Building 135)

Join us for lunch as UCI scholars and accomplished alumni discuss the delights and challenges of ¬films adapted from some of our favorite novels. We’ll focus on the upcoming release of Disney’s adaptation of Madeleine L’Engle’s classic and much-beloved novel, A Wrinkle in Time, but any adaptation — beloved or despised — is open for discussion!

The panelists are Christopher Fan, UCI assistant professor of English and Asian American studies, Gregory Benford, UCI professor emeritus of physics and award-winning science ¬fiction writer, and Traci Lee ’11, editor at The event is moderated by Jonathan Alexander, UCI Chancellor’s Professor of English and informatics and co-sponsored by the UCI Center for Excellence in Writing and Communication and School of Humanities.

RSVP at by February 20, 2018. Lunch will be served.

The WRITE START Workshop: Preparing to Teach a “W” Course
Tuesday, February 27, 2018, from 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. (Humanities Gateway 1010)

This workshop, sponsored by the Office of the Campus Writing Coordinator, is ideal for those PREPARING to teach an upper-division writing course, for those THINKING about teaching an upper-division writing course, and for those considering PROPOSING an upper-division writing course. Topics will include low-stakes writing, writing that best supports your content, peer-review strategies, and writing portfolio design and assessment.

RSVP at by February 26, 2018. Lunch will be served.

Plagiarism as Educational Opportunity: A Workshop with Professor Gerald Nelms, Wright State University
Friday, March 2, 2018, from 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. (CEWC, Ayala Science Library 193)

Treating student plagiarism as an opportunity for teaching and learning is a research- and evidence-based approach that breaks with the traditional view of plagiarism as an obstruction to education. This newer approach embraces conclusions of and reasoned inferences from decades of interdisciplinary research and scholarship on the plagiaristic behaviors of high school and college students and on teaching and learning research and scholarship more generally. In this workshop, participants will confront real-life and hypothetical scenarios intended to complicate our thinking about student plagiarism and how we view our students. Participants will also learn about the consensus understanding of plagiarism scholars, who recognize that student plagiarism can be the result of unintentional, inadvertent error and cultural misunderstandings (and our failure to adequately address those misunderstandings) as well as underlying mindsets and motivations that lead to intentional plagiaristic behavior. Participants will also learn how plagiarism functions developmentally as the “outsider” makes moves to become an “insider.” Participants will also learn about the workshop facilitator’s Plagiarism Response Heuristic and Guide. The workshop is intended to be highly interactive, allowing for discussions and questions, eliciting various perspectives on the issues addressed. The event is co-sponsored by the Department of Film and Media Studies, the Center for Excellence in Writing and Communication, and by the Office of the Campus Writing Coordinator.

Gerald “Jerry” Nelms (PhD, Ohio State, 1990; MFA, UNC-Greensboro, 1981) is currently the Academic Director for Developmental Writing and an Associate Professor of English at Wright State University. From 2010 through 2012, he was a visiting instructional consultant at the University Center for the Advancement of Teaching at Ohio State, and for twenty years before that, he was a faculty member and administrator at Southern Illinois University Carbondale (Director of Communication Across the Curriculum; Department Chair; and Undergraduate Studies Director in English). Jerry’s scholarly work has focused on developmental education and basic writing; writing across the curriculum; knowledge transfer and how students learn; instructional consultation; composition history, theory, and pedagogy. Jerry has been an advocate for viewing plagiarism as educational opportunity since the late 1990s and has been conducting workshops on student plagiarism since the early 2000s. Since 2011, he has led a team of scholars in facilitating annually held plagiarism as educational opportunity workshops at the Conference on College Composition and Communication.

RSVP at by February 28, 2018. Lunch will be served.

CEWC Winter 2018 Great Debates Workshops
Select Wednesdays, 4:00 – 5:30 p.m. (The Writing Center, Ayala Science Library 193)

This workshop series provides students with a unique opportunity to develop skills and ways of thinking about debate, argument, and persuasion in contemporary society. Each expert workshop presenter and facilitator focuses on a particular aspect of debate, from effective listening to considering multiple viewpoints. Join us for an interactive learning experience to help you consider how you might become more persuasive and argue more effectively. The workshops are sponsored by the Advisory Council on Campus Climate, Culture and Inclusion.

“Beyond Pro/Con: Complexity and Nuance in Argument” by Brian Folken
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“Beyond Pro/Con: Complexity and Nuance in Argument” by James D. Herbert
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“Unruly Rhetorics: Some Problems with Civility in Public Discourse” by Susan Jarratt
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“Do Wake the Neighbors: Navigating the Town Hall” by Courtney Santos
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“Getting Personal: When & How the Personal Matters in Argumentation” by Kerri McCanna
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To see an archive of past events and workshops, click here.