All together now: implementing and evaluating the Writer’s Workshop

Writing is among the most valuable, most transferable, and most difficult skills students learn in college. Yet, too often teaching and talking about writing are relegated to first year rhetoric courses. Borrowing from the field of education, and the habits of professional writers, Dr. LaForge and Dr. Irish present their research into an alternative method of writing instructions: the Writer’s Workshop. The Writer’s Workshop is a student-focused, cooperative method of writing instruction. Preliminary findings suggest that the Writer’s Workshop can help professors teach and students meaningfully talk about writing, even in large classes. This faculty lunch talk will present the lessons learned fro the two years of teaching experiments on adapting the Writer’s Workshop to teach non-fiction, scientific prose across a range of social science courses.

Presented by Chera LaForge, Assistant Professor, Indiana University East and Professor Adam Irish, Mellon Post-Doctoral Teaching Fellow in Political Science and International Relations. All are welcome.

Date: Thursday, October 9, 2014 at 12:30 pm in President’s Dining Room.