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. 

Our regular rotation includes the following topics: Developing a semester writing plan, Overcoming writing blocks, Balancing teaching and scholarly productivity, Getting useful feedback on your writing, Creating and sustaining writing groups, Making space for writing as a teacher/administrator, Revising your writing space, Supporting graduate students as writers.

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.  

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. 

Enhancing Scholarly Productivity

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 strategies to help increase writing productivity and satisfaction with writing. 

Engaged Scholarship Lunch Series

Spotlights faculty from across campus who collaborate with people beyond the academy in their scholarly endeavors.  The workshop series is a collaboration with the Office of Civic Engagement and the Service-Learning Program and has included: 

Legal clinics (Wrongful Convictions and Civil Justice) and community collaborations

Jesse McCoy, James Scott Farrin Senior Lecturing Fellow, Supervising Attorney, Civil Justice Clinic & Theresa Newman, Charles S. Rhyne Clinical Professor of Law, Co-Director, Wrongful Convictions Clinic

Partnering with local Latinx communities for immigrant rights 

Liliana Paredes, Professor of the Practice of Romance Studies & Orin Starn, Professor of Cultural Anthropology and History

Community-based approaches to addressing issues of environmental health and justice

Liz Shapiro-Garza, Associate Professor of the Practice of Environmental Policy and Management & Catherine Kastleman, Program Coordinator, Superfund Research Center

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.

New workshops are added regularly throughout the year. Check back often.

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