Summer Writing Across the Curriculum Seminar


Dear Colleagues, You are cordially invited:

Summer Writing Across the Curriculum Seminar

June 28 and 29, July 6, 7, and 8, 2011
9 a.m.-noon
Led by Dr. Chris Anson
Internationally-recognized Writing Across the Curriculum specialist University Distinguished Professor; Director, Campus Writing & Speaking Program, North Carolina State University

Each participant receives a $500 stipend upon submission of revised course materials.

After three hours of presentation and discussion, participants will have the afternoons to work on their courses and to consult individually with Chris Anson. He will cover the following topics:

  • What does it mean to approach writing as a process as well as a product?
  • What is the relationship of writing to thinking?
  • How can writing be used as a tool for learning subject matter and for critical thinking?
  • What are effective ways to plan, present, sequence, and assess both formal and informal writing assignments?
  • What are helpful and efficient ways to respond to student writing?

Here are some comments from some of your colleagues across campus who have participated in past Writing Across the Curriculum seminars:

“The workshop by far is one of the most useful I have ever attended. I also had the best student evaluations that I have ever had for this course and I think the WAC piece made all the difference in the world.”

“I learned how to make my grading go a lot faster!”

It’s not your grandma’s WAC. [reference to the WAC of the 1980s] Instrumental in helping me to shape the transformation of my survey courses for a new generation of learners.”

“This seminar completely changed how I approach teaching my classes. In some courses I've increased the amount of writing the students do while in others that already had a lot of writing, I'm now using it more effectively. I'm not offering to give it back, but the seminar would have been worthwhile even without the stipend.”

"A fantastic workshop for learning practical ways to make teaching easier and more effective. Anson is tremendously thoughtful, helpful, and inspiring."

“I feel my students and I communicate better as we work to achieve attainable goals.”“I was concerned that the Writing to Learn assignments would take time away from the course material but on the contrary, I found that the students come to class better prepared to discuss the assigned texts. When I put the students into small groups to analyze a text, the writing assignments help the students to read the texts more closely, thoughtfully reflect on them, and critically assess their significance. Class discussions are much better!”


To apply:
Please contact Erika Scheurer, WAC director, at and include the following information:

  1. Your name and department.
  2. The name and number of the course you would like to revise (it must be an undergraduate course).
  3. Whether you will revise the course to be Writing Intensive, Writing to Learn, or Writing in the Disciplines
  4. Please briefly describe how you currently use writing in the course and your goals for participating in the seminar.

If you have questions about the summer seminar or about WAC in general, please feel free to contact me at any time.

Thank you—

Dr. Erika Scheurer
Director, Writing Across the Curriculum
Associate Professor of English
University of Saint Thomas
Mail #333 JRC
2115 Summit Ave.
Saint Paul, MN 55105
Phone: 651-962-5669

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