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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.

Fall 2021 workshops will be facilitated by Dr. Megan Minarich, Associate Director, Vanderbilt Writing Studio & Tutoring Services. Questions? Please email


Fall 2021

Responding to Student Writing

Thursday 23 September | 12 p.m.-1:30 p.m. | 1801 Edgehill Avenue, Suite 112, Room 106B

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!


Writing About Visual Texts  

Wednesday 27 October | 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | Zoom

While some disciplines have traditionally relied upon writing about visual texts, others are continuing to incorporate such writing into their classrooms and assignments. Workshop participants will learn about common student essay genres in art history and film studies, hear faculty and student writing advice, and examine sample assignments and student essays in order to develop familiarity with these types of writing assignments as well as ideas for adapting these assignments to other disciplines. Let us know you’re coming!


Scaffolding Writing Across the Semester

Monday 6 December | 3:00 p.m.-4:30 p.m. | Zoom

Participants will learn how to use backward design to scaffold writing projects and assignments throughout the semester. In preparation for Spring 2022, 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!