Fall 2019 Events and Workshops

Effective Responses to Student Writing Workshop
Wednesday, October 23, 2019, 11:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
Humanities Gateway 1010

This workshop 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.

Please RSVP at by Monday, October 21, 2019. Lunch will be served.

The WRITE START Workshop: Preparing to Teach a “W” Course
Tuesday, November 19, 2019, 11:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
Humanities Instructional Building 135

This workshop 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.

Please RSVP at by Thursday, November 14, 2019. Lunch will be served.

CEWC Fall 2019 Writing Center Workshop Series

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.

When: Select Thursdays, 5:00–6:30pm.

Space is limited. RSVP for the workshops below. Pizza and light refreshments will be served.

Where: Center for Excellence in Writing and Communication, Science Library 193

October 17 – “Do Wake the Neighbors: Navigating the Town Hall”

When we speak to public representatives, our words can echo throughout the community. Using examples drawn from UCI student activism, Writing Specialist Courtney Santos offers strategies for tactful and effective public comments and preserving social capital during local debates.

Courtney Santos, Writing Specialist, Center for Excellence in Writing and Communication

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October 31 – “The Death of Halloween: How to Use Narrative History as Argument”

Tracing the genealogy of an idea or cultural practice can be more than an interesting historical exercise: it can be a powerful tool of persuasion. In this workshop we’ll explore the history of Halloween and use that history to build an argument about American social dysfunction. Halloween, like other “carnivals” that transgress the normative order, has long served to vent the steam of cultural conflict. But in the context of “liquid modernity”—which sees the continual denaturing of normative structures and in which transgression becomes ubiquitous—the function of Halloween has atrophied, leaving the steam of conflict to build pressure unabated. Can Halloween still serve a cultural function for an “anti-culture”? If so, what are the implications for campus politics?

Justin Lee, Writing Specialist, Center for Excellence in Writing and Communications

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November 14 – “Beyond Pro and Con: Complexity and Nuance in Argument”

This workshop uses a case study approach to map the topography of argument—situating personal positions among common ones. By tracking an issue to its origin and mapping where we personally first encountered it, participants are encouraged to ask rhetorical questions about how controversial issues are framed for the public, while locating their own assumptions about these common argument positions.

Amber Clontz, Composition Lecturer and Writing Specialist, Center for Excellence in Writing and Communication

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To see an archive of past events and workshops, click here.