Writing Intensive (WI) Faculty Workshop

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Whether you are teaching a WI course for the first time or revising a course, the modules in this workshop can help you plan sequenced activities to help your students, as novice writers in your discipline, to become stronger writers. 

Our guidebook, Writing Assignments and Feedback: An Introduction, is your overview of research findings and suggestions from experts in the teaching of writing.


Then, in the following seven modules, you will find a brief overview video followed by a description of activities and assignments that could work for you as you plan, teach, and assess writing in your course. ​

  1.  ​An Introduction to Writing Intensive Courses at CMU 
  2. Planning Your Writing Intensive Course
  3. Designing Writing Assignments​
  4. Strategies for Teaching Writing​
  5. Providing Feedback to Writers​
  6. Assessing Writing, Improving Writers​
  7. Working with International Students​
  8. Resources and Reference​s

We hope you enjoy your tour through these modules, videos and associated ​resources.​

  • Debra Poole, Chair of CMU's Quality Initiative, 2013-2016; Faculty Psychology 
  • ​Troy Hicks, Creative Director of the Writing Intensive Faculty Workshop; Faculty English Language and Literature
  • Kevin Neil Smith, ​Multimedia Producer of the Writing Intensive Faculty Workshop​
  • Diane Marble, Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning

Our thanks to the CMU students who shared their ideas and allowed us to film their classes. 

Additional thanks:
  • Steve Bailey, Director of Composition, Faculty English Language and Literature
  • Jeremy Bond, LMS Instructional Support
  • Tracy Brown, Director of General Education; Faculty Sociology, Anthropology​ and Social Work
  • Phil Coffman, Manager Media Production
  • Gary Dunbar, Faculty Psychology
  • Richard Forest, English Language Institute, Faculty English Language and Literature
  • Mark Francek, Faculty Geography
  • Courtney King, Fixed-Term Faculty English Language Institute
  • Caitlin Hamstra, Fixed-Term Faculty English Language Institute
  • Daniel Lawson, CMU Writing Center, Faculty English Language and Literature
  • Kelly Nack, Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning
  • Shannon Palmer, Faculty Communication Disorders
  • Danielle Petersen, Fixed-Term Faculty English Language Institute
  • Sarah Scoby, Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning
  • Tiffani Waite, Fixed-Term Faculty Broadcast and Cinematic Arts