Workshops provide practical advice on a range of writing topics, including developing productive writing habits, balancing teaching and scholarly productivity, and managing large research projects. 

Fall 2020 Workshops

Cool Tools for Organizing Your Writing Life

Friday, September 25, 2020  |  12:00pm to 1:00pm |  Online
Eileen Chow & Angela Zoss

Wondering how to find time to write this semester? Trying to figure out how to plan your week so you get the most important things done? Wish you had a little more control over all the things filling up your calendar? Join us for a discussion of planning and organizing strategies to help you get (and stay) organized, focused, and sustain project momentum amidst competing demands for your time. After a brief overview of strategies, Eileen Chow (AMES) and Angela Zoss (Duke Libraries) share what works for them, including Kanban and Monotasking. Participants will have an opportunity to share their own strategies. 

Eileen Chow                                        Angela Zoss 

The Turn to Teaching: Applying Retreat Insights to Your Pedagogy - Fall Discussion

Friday, October 16, 2020    1:00pm to 2:30pm   | Online
Monique Dufour

In this third workshop in the Turn to Teaching series, participants will discuss how they've applied writing retreat insights to their courses, assess what's working and what they'd like to adjust, and discuss next steps for their retreat-informed pedagogy.  Designed for faculty who participated in workshops 1 and 2 in July and August, 2020. Note: The first workshop in the series will be offered in January 2021. 

Monique Dufour, History, Virginia Tech

Regularly Offered Workshops

Getting Useful Feedback on Your Writing 

How can you cultivate readers for your work and get useful feedback on your writing-in-progress? How can you limit the reader feedback you don’t need? In this workshop, participants will learn a range of strategies for asking for and getting feedback from different types of readers in a range of contexts, including writing groups, mentors and editors, and co-authors. Participants will have the opportunity to practice at least one feedback strategy and are welcome to bring a short piece of writing (1-2 pages) in any stage of development to exchange in a small group. Writing could be scholarly, professional (teaching statement, eg) or fiction. Writing exchange is optional.

Getting Writing Groups to Work for You

How can writing groups help you advance your scholarship during the academic year?  Faculty who’ve participated in writing groups will share their own motivations, successes, and strategies. Participants will (1) Learn about different types of writing groups; (2) Identify which type of writing group may work best for them; (3) Learn how to join existing groups or start their own.  

Writing Group Convener Training

Want to start a writing group, but not sure where to begin?  Are you currently convening a group, but no one seems to get any writing done? Or your group gets off to a good start, but writers stop attending as the semester gets busy? Are you wondering what works best for convening virtual writing groups? Training includes strategies and useful tools for keeping a group organized, motivated, and supportive of each other's goals.  Also includes frameworks for participant reflection and goal setting. 

Balancing Teaching and Scholarship: A Fall Course Planning Workshop 

At the start of every semester, do you hope that, finally, this will be the one... 

...when you don't get overwhelmed by teaching?

 ...when you also make progress on your writing and research?

...when you make a realistic plan for how you will spend your time, and then actually stick to it?  

In this workshop, award-winning teacher Monique Dufour will show you how you can optimize your time and promote student learning. Learn why it's hard to manage the time you spend on teaching, why you should, and how you can. 

Overcoming Writing Blocks 

When you sit down to write, do you find it difficult to begin? Never seem to have time to finish those manuscripts? Having trouble finding motivation to write a grant?  Maybe you have a paper in the final stages but it doesn’t feel good enough to submit? In this workshop, we'll discuss a framework for understanding writing blocks, how to move past them, and how to build momentum for your work. 

Creating Space for Engaged Scholarship

Engaged scholars face the challenge of balancing many commitments, including scholarship, teaching, and partnerships. In this workshop, we will discuss how to begin to establish your priorities, and to align them with faculty evaluation standards. Participants will (1) Establish their goals as engaged scholars; (2) Consider how they may align their goals with their priorities and faculty evaluation standards; (3) Discuss planning and writing strategies to make progress on their priorities.

Additional workshops include: Developing a Semester Writing Plan, Making Space for Writing as an Administrator, Revising Your Writing Space, and Supporting Graduate Students as Writers. New workshops are added regularly throughout the year. Check back often.

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