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Teaching Writing Workshop Series

The Writing Studio aims to support the teaching of writing across the disciplines at Vanderbilt and to encourage interdisciplinary conversations about writing pedagogy. Over the course of the academic year, the Writing Studio leads a series of workshops focused on different aspects of teaching writing.

Workshops provide participants with current research, strategies for best practices, and a forum for discussing how these approaches might be adapted to teaching writing in their disciplines. The Teaching Writing Workshop Series is open to all writing instructors. This fall, all workshops will be held virtually via Zoom.


Fall 2020

Responding to Student Writing

Thursday 17 September | 12-1:30 p.m.

In this workshop, participants will explore some best practices for responding to their students’ writing. We will discuss effective and generative ways of providing feedback through in-person or virtual conferences as well as through written feedback. Let us know you’re coming!


Fostering Writing and Collaboration in the (Virtual) Classroom 

Monday 26 October | 3-4:30 p.m.

This workshop stems from the theories and practices of active and collaborative learning. Participants will learn about and practice techniques they can employ in their own classrooms to get students brainstorming, writing, revising, and working together on both individual and collaborative projects. Let us know you’re coming!


Scaffolding Writing Across the Semester

Tuesday 8 December | 11:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Participants will learn how to use backward design to scaffold writing projects and assignments throughout the semester. In preparation for Spring 2021, they will also have the opportunity to workshop syllabi for courses with writing components. Participants should bring a draft of a spring course syllabus or another syllabus they wish to redesign. Let us know you’re coming!



Workshops will be facilitated by Dr. Megan Minarich, Assistant Director, Vanderbilt Writing Studio & Tutoring Services. Questions? Please email