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Writing Workshop

Registered participants will participate in a one-week faculty/staff development workshop, sponsored by the Office of the Associate Provost, on the topic of "Responding to Student Writing in and out of the Classroom."  This year, given budget constraints, we will have a single workshop for both FYS faculty and other faculty from across the University coordinated by Jody Swilky. Both workshop will meet on five mornings from 9:00 until 12:00.  The first two meetings will be on Thursday and Friday, May 23 and 24. The workshop will then break for the Memorial Day Weekend, and continue Tuesday through Thursday, May 28 – 30.

Participants will be asked to read and respond in writing to articles that address both the theory and practice of teaching writing in a variety of classroom settings. We will begin the workshop focusing  on the different kinds of response one might give to student writing, depending, for example, on the purpose of the writing assignment, the academic discipline, the professor's goals at different points in the term, etc. We will take up issues of how to help students develop their thinking within their writing, as well as ways of addressing errors and other problems students have with written expression. Since any feedback faculty provide to student writing should be considered in relationship to the assignments students respond to, we will also investigate different approaches to designing assignments.

Participants will be asked to respond in discussion to the writing we ourselves produce in the seminar, as well as to sample student essays.

Participants not on a 12-month contract will receive a summer stipend in the amount of $625. All interested faculty/staff are invited to apply.  Participation is limited to ten people.  First priority will go to people teaching FYS for the first time. Beyond that, preference will be given to full-time continuing Drake faculty or staff, with an attempt to provide broad representation across various schools/colleges/departments.

Please let Sandra Harris (sandra.harris@drake.edu ) know by April 8, 2019 if you are interested in attending the workshop. 

Thursday, May 30, 2019 at 9:00am to 12:00pm

Howard Hall, 212
2505 University Avenue, Des Moines, IA 50311

Event Type

Faculty/Staff Development, Workshops


Faculty & Staff


Faculty/Staff Development


writing, faculty development

Provost's Office, Center for Teaching Excellence
Contact Name

Sandra Harris

Contact Email Address


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