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Workshops & discussions

image of workshop The Teaching with Writing series provides support for and creates community among University instructors who use writing in their teaching. These workshops and panel discussions are free. Space for all events can be limited. Please register in advance for sessions you plan to attend.

Register here for spring 2019 Teaching with Writing events.

Questions? Contact Heidi in the Center for Writing at (612) 625-0791 or 

We offer four types of events related to writing and writing instruction: 

Workshops are interactive sessions in which participants develop instructional practices and/or materials appropriate to their specific teaching contexts;

Panels are lunchtime discussions in which faculty members from diverse disciplines present specific and innovative writing instruction practices they've developed;

Engaging Inquiries feature discussion around selected short readings that engage timely topics related to writing and the teaching of writing. Fueled by strong coffee, baked goods, and a spirit of inquiry, our discussions this semester will explore generative questions related to writing transfer, the reading and writing connection, and creative academic writing; and

Book Circles are monthly discussions of important, innovative research and teaching with writing. Circle participants will determine dates and times for discussions and will likely meet over the lunch hour. This semester's book is James Lang’s Cheating Lessons: Learning from Academic Dishonesty (2014), which tackles the nasty issue of academic dishonesty head on but with plenty of humanity and empathy. We learn at the outset that roughly 75% of college students cheat at some point during their undergraduate careers. That’s the bad news. The good news is that cheating is very often a result of factors that can be managed through effective course and assignment design. If you want to eliminate plagiarism in your courses or in your departments, then you’ll want to consider some of the pedagogical models Lang describes in this book. As an added benefit, the book will introduce you to a number of amazing college educators who teach in contexts very similar to ours at the University of Minnesota. This book offers vision and pragmatic advice. You buy the book; we’ll  buy the coffee. The first 8 participants to register will receive a complimentary book!