Brooklyn College Writing Across the Curriculum

Faculty Workshops

The Brooklyn College WRITING ACROSS THE CURRICULUM program presents:

with stipends for participation.

Wondering how to more effectively help your students improve their writing? Looking for practical ways to include writing in your courses? The Writing Across the Curriculum program (WAC) is offering full-time and part-time faculty the opportunity to discuss ideas and share techniques that can improve student writing, enhance comprehension of course content, and save you time.

These unique four-hour workshops are not sequential, and you can take as many as you like (space is limited, so spots are allocated on a first-come, first-serve basis). We’ll provide materials, refreshments, and a stipend for your
participation. Two CUNY Writing Fellows (experienced teachers with expertise in writing pedagogy) will lead each workshop, with the emphasis on concrete examples adaptable to your own discipline. You will have the opportunity to workshop one of your own assignments.

TO APPLY, please e-mail and tell us which workshop(s) you’d like to attend. Space is limited. Full- and part-time faculty from all disciplines are welcome. Participants will be paid for four hours at their non-teaching rate (60% of hourly teaching rate; subject to standard workload restrictions). Participants will also be expected to complete a very brief follow up assessment of how the workshop strategies helped students meet the writing objectives in one of their courses.

• Friday, January 27, 10:00 am – 2:30 pm: SAVING TIME, IMPROVING WRITING
• Friday, March 2, 9:00 am – 1:30 pm: 5 WRITING TOOLS EVERY TEACHER CAN USE
• Friday, March 30, 9:00 am – 1:15 pm: WRITING IN THE DIGITAL AGE
• Thursday, April 12, 9:00 am – 1:30 pm: ROADMAPS FOR WRITING


Friday, JANUARY 27th, 10:00 am – 2:30 pm

This workshop offers strategies for saving time while teaching writing and using writing to teach. We will investigate practical techniques for incorporating writing into course design, making student conferences more efficient, and using peer review as well as writing in stages to improve outcomes while spending less time grading. Learn how these strategies can be combined with streamlined grading methods to strengthen student writing without overburdening instructors.

Location: Student Center; International Room
Facilitators: Michelle Billies and Marnie Brady


Friday, MARCH 2nd, 9:00 am – 1:30 pm

Have you ever tried to drive a nail with a saw? Using the right tools can produce better results while saving time and effort. In this workshop we will explore five tools for teaching writing and teaching with writing. They may be easily incorporated into current courses to improve student writing as well as other learning outcomes. Expand your teaching toolbox with easily-adaptable assignments and approaches, and share your own tips and techniques.

Location: Student Center; Maroney-Leddy
Facilitators: Marnie Brady and Stefania Heim


Friday, MARCH 30th, 9:00 am – 1:15 pm

This workshop will introduce basic strategies for using digital technology in your courses. In a hands-on computer classroom, we will explore online platforms that allow students to work collaboratively to write, read and comment on each others’ work. We’ll also discuss guidelines for constructing effective course websites and incorporating other online tools including blogs and wikis into your teaching practices.

Location: Student Center; Maroney-Leddy
Facilitators: Anne Donlon and Collette Sosnowy


Thursday, APRIL 12th, 9:00 am – 1:30 pm

Successful writing happens one step at a time, but it helps to know your destination and strategies for getting there. This workshop provides suggestions for integrating short- and long-term writing assignments to achieve course goals, spark students’ intellectual curiosity, and help them improve their writing. Learn how to use “low-stakes” writing and how to “scaffold” longer assignments, which will not only discourage plagiarism, but encourage creativity by prompting student revision and enhancing critical thinking skills. In exploring effective writing assignments, we will discuss alternatives to the term paper, like course journals and student portfolios.

Location: Student Center; Aviary Room
Facilitators: Eli Karetny and Michelle Billies


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