Dinner and a Draft
Dinner and a draft is an opportunity for students to hear faculty talk about their writing and writing processes over a delicious dinner.
On Writing is a series of conversations with faculty and other advanced writers at Vanderbilt about their writing practices. Conversations examine writers’ eccentricities and the ways in which a given writer generates ideas, cultivates a style, and responds to various writing situations.
Undergraduate Writing Symposium
The Undergraduate Writing Symposium is an annual celebration of excellent writing by Vanderbilt undergraduate students.
Words and Woods
Words and Woods is a series of writing workshops that explores the role of language and writing in relation to the natural world. Sessions involve local excursions, written reflection, and group discussion.
The Writing Studio sometimes hosts additonal events and series including Faculty Salon, Writers' Night, Songwriters' Session, Open Mic Night, and Words and Woods. See below for more information on these events.
Diplomatic Writing Workshops
Writing for an audience is never more critical than when we have to write our way out of a sticky situation. Rarely are we trained to finesse writing with the tact and grace that leaves everyone feeling better. Laura Miller, chief speechwriter for former Chancellor Gee, and Jennifer Holt, director of the Writing Studio, will facilitate this and other workshops on various “Would you read this and tell me how it sounds to you?” situations.
The Faculty Salon series is a venue for faculty from across the University to share reflections on writing and writing pedagogy.
HOD 1000 Workshops
The Peabody Library and the Writing Studio sometimes partner to enrich the research and writing of Vanderbilt’s HOD students. Focused on the major paper in HOD 1000, these workshops take students through the various steps in the research process. Our hope is that by thinking critically about what makes for good research, citing, and writing, students will do well on this particular assignment and build the skills they need to succeed as HOD majors.
Writers’ Night is an opportunity for the Vanderbilt community to hear faculty and invited student-writers present short, original works.
Songwriters’ Sessions give students an opportunity to perform original songs and to receive constructive group feedback on lyric writing. Participants write songs from scratch, discuss brainstorming strategies, and participate in creative writing exercises geared towards generating new songs and revising old ones.
Open Mic Night
Open Mic Night is an opportunity for Vanderbilt students to present original works in an informal environment. All performances are welcome, from poetry and short stories to songs and satire.