Winter 2020 Events and Workshops

Effective Responses to Student Writing Workshop
Thursday, January 30, 2020 11:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
Humanities Instructional Building 135

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 Tuesday, January 28, 2020. Lunch will be served.

How to Teach a “W” Course
Wednesday, February 26, 2020 11:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
Humanities Instructional Building 137

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 Monday, February 24, 2020. Lunch will be served.

CEWC Winter 2020 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.

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

January 23 – “How Many Sides Does an Argument Have?: Approaching Debates from Disciplinary Perspectives”

Brian Fonken, Assistant Course Director, Composition Program

February 6 – “Unruly Rhetoric: Some Problems with Civility in Public Discourse”

Susan C. Jarratt, Professor Emerita of Comparative Literature

February 27 – “The Power and Limits of Social Media Platforms as Drivers of Debate: ‘Calling Out Cancel Culture’ in Academic Discourse”

In this workshop, we will talk about our own and Barack Obama’s ideas about “call out culture,” and we will use these ideas as an entry-point into a larger discussion about differing ways in which we argue about the same controversial topics and values depending on the “platform” through which we enter the debate: social media or academia.

Brendan Park, Writing Specialist, Center for Excellence in Writing and Communication

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