WAC Workshop Series

The Writing Across the Curriculum program hosts a series of writing workshops for faculty interested in enhancing their writing pedagogy. Workshops come in a variety of shapes and sizes, so please look for one that might fit your needs.

The Writing Exchange

The Writing Exchange is a series of brief, informal workshops that focus on discrete issues in writing. Participants can expect to briefly discuss a topic and leave the workshop with a set of teaching strategies to consider.
All Writing Exchange workshops will be held from 3:00-4:20 pm in KHD 4050.
Space is limited, so please RSVP by clicking on the registration link included in each workshop description or by emailing writingacrossthecurriculum@calstatela.edu.

Date Writing Exchange Topic Time Location

September 11 (M)

What is a Writing Intensive Course?

If you have ever considered integrating more writing in your courses, then this workshop is for you! Participants in this workshop will learn about Cal State LA’s writing intensive course requirements as well as what it means to effectively integrate writing into a course.

3:00-4:20 pm

KHD 4050

September 27 (W)

Low Stakes and Ungraded Writing Assignments

Many faculty opt not to integrate writing into their courses because developing and grading writing assignments takes too much time, especially when a class has several students. In this workshop, however, participants will learn about the benefits of integrating low stakes writing into courses.

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3:00-4:20 pm

KHD 4050

October 10 (T)     

Writing Prompt Design

One of the best ways for Cal State LA faculty to unify its writing mission could be to develop effective writing prompts that follow similar patterns. When students are familiar with the structure of writing prompts, they experience less writing anxiety. Attend this workshop to learn about the best practices of writing prompt design.

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3:00-4:20 pm

KHD 4050

October 26 (Th)

What to Expect from Students Who Completed GE A3

Faculty and advisors who attend this workshop will learn about the types of writing that students in GE A3 courses undertake. When faculty have an understanding of the writing abilities of their students, they can most effectively tailor their writing assignments so students can grow as writers.

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3:00-4:20 pm

KHD 4050

November 9 (Th)

Critical Reading

Critical readers often develop articulate and focused written responses to what they read. Often, students are unsure about what to note when they read. Attend this workshop to learn about a few critical reading activities that could improve your students focus, writing, and test-taking abilities.

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3:00-4:20 pm

KHD 4050

November 20 (M)

Sequencing Writing Assignments

Assigning writing doesn’t always need to follow the Ronco one-and-done model.  Assigning writing assignments that build upon one another or assigning components of texts that could be combined to create a larger project to help students more clearly understand disciplinary modes of writing and research. Participants who attend this workshop will discuss a set of models for assigning writing in courses. 

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3:00-4:20 pm

KHD 4050

December 5 (T)      

Handling the Paper Load

Grading writing doesn’t need to be an exercise in futility. All faculty know that grading writing can take a lot of time. Participants who attend this workshop will discuss methods for rapidly evaluating student writing. Faculty who attend the November 20th workshop and this workshop, will doubly benefit from learning methods to assign and grade writing in efficient ways.

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3:00-4:20 pm

KHD 4050

January 23 (T)

What to Expect from Students Who Completed GE A3

Faculty and advisors who attend this workshop will learn about the types of writing that students in GE A3 courses undertake. When faculty have an understanding of the writing abilities of their students, they can most effectively tailor their writing assignments so students can grow as writers.

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3:00-4:20 pm

KHD 4050

February 7 (W)

Working with the Writing Center

During this workshop, participants will learn about the services that the University Writing Center offers students, as well as how to most effectively guide students to the services that the writing center offers.

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3:00-4:20 pm

KHD 4050

February 22 (Th)

Responding to, Evaluating, & Assessing Writing Part I: Designing Writing Rubrics Across the Curriculum

Faculty have requested workshops focused on designing discipline and course specific scoring guides and rubrics for evaluating writing assignments. In this workshop, we will discuss methods for balancing course outcomes and writing standards to create three types of scoring guides: trait-based, holistic, and narrative. Bring your syllabus to begin building a rubric today!

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3:00-4:20 pm

KHD 4050

March 7 (W)               

Responding to, Evaluating, & Assessing Writing Part II: Using Writing Rubrics Across the Curriculum

This workshop builds upon the February 22 workshop about writing rubric design. What are the best practices for utilizing writing rubrics? How can faculty use writing rubrics and ensure they are providing their students with useful formative writing feedback? Come to this workshop to discuss methods to provide students with balanced and equitable writing feedback.

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3:00-4:20 pm

KHD 4050

March 20 (T)

Establishing “Standards” (conventions, format, style sheets)

During our WAC workshops, discussions of standards often surface, whether participants mention grammar or whether they mention a disciplinary style guide. During this workshop, we will discuss methods for exercising writing standards in writing-intensive courses.

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April 4 (W)

Low Stakes and Ungraded Writing Assignments

Many faculty opt not to integrate writing into their courses because developing and grading writing assignments takes too much time, especially when a class has several students. In this workshop, however, participants will learn about the benefits of integrating low stakes writing into courses.

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April 19 (Th)

Teaching Writing in Digital Environments

If you are looking for ways to effectively employ digital technology in the writing classroom, then this workshop is for you! During the workshop, participants will explore ways to use Moodle to enhance writing instruction, learn how Slack can enhance the writing classroom, and discover methods for using word processing software and wikis as collaborative writing tools.

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May 7 (M)                 

Assigning Writing to Multilingual Students

Did you know that Cal State LA students speak over 130 different languages? Given their linguistic diversity, asking them to write in standard academic English can be a challenge. During this workshop, participants will learn about the best practices for assigning writing in a multilingual environment.

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Writing-Intensive Course Development Crash Courses

The half-day Writing Intensive Course Development Crash Courses provide a framework for developing GE-certified writing-intensive courses. Grab your sweat pants and yoga mats, because this workshop will deliver a wealth of content in a short period of time! Participants can bring existing writing intensive courses to refine and workshop, or they can develop new writing intensive courses for their programs.
Space is limited, so please RSVP by clicking on the registration link included in each workshop description or by emailing writingacrossthecurriculum@calstatela.edu.

Date Time Location  

November 1 (W)

10-2:00

CETL 4050

LIB PW 3074

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November 3 (F)

10-2:00

CETL 4050

LIB PW 3074

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November 15 (W)

10-2:00

CETL 4050

LIB PW 3074

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March 16 (F)      

8:30-12:30

TBD Register Here

April 16 (M)

8:30-12:30

TBD

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May 1 (T)

1:00-5:00

TBD

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