Supporting Students' Writing in Your FYS

  1. Friday, August 17th, 201810:00am - 12:00pm

This is the second part of a two-part workshop, started in May, on supporting students’ writing in your First-Year Seminar (FYS). (Participants need not have attended the May workshop to benefit from this one!) Drawing on research and best practices in writing studies, this workshop will offer tools for FYS instructors to plan for their writing assignments and feedback strategies for a new or existing FYS.

Specific questions we'll consider in this workshop:

  • What are best practices for designing writing prompts that students find clear, concise, and rewarding?
  • What kinds of feedback do students find most useful, and how can we encourage them to use our feedback in reflective ways?
  • What are the most (and least) productive ways to respond to students’ grammatical errors? What are some strategies for grading papers fairly and constructively?

The workshop is designed for you-whether you are new to FYS, putting together a new course, or a veteran instructor looking to refine your practices. Participants will receive a copy of Nancy Sommers’ book, Responding to Student Writers. Participants are encouraged to bring drafts of their FYS syllabus and assignment descriptions, as time will be allotted to share and workshop ideas.

This workshop is offered by the Writing Program of Wake Forest University.

Event Details

  • Location:
    ZSR Library 665 (TLC Classroom)
  • Sponsor:
  • Open To:
    Faculty, Graduate Students, Staff
  • Facilitated by:
    Laura Denlinger, Zak Lancaster
  • Questions? Please contact:

    • Zak Lancaster: • 3749