Professional Development for Writing Program Employees

Professional Development Workshop Series ​

Graduate student employees of the Writing Program can polish their skills as writing teachers by participating in our series of professional development workshops.  We offer two kinds of workshop series: one for Writing Program staff who work as Writing Interns in the Humanities Core, and another for those who work as Lectors in ENGL 33000: Academic and Professional Writing.

 Writing Intern Series

Click through the PDF to RSVP for any of these workshops.

WP Professional Development - Win19.pdf

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Workshops are held in Autumn, Winter and Spring quarters, and typically cover a range of topics, including but not limited to:

  • Intern Test Kitchen: workshopping handouts and activities to use in the classroom
  • Strategies for managing paper comments
  • Refreshers on Writing Program principles such as Warrant, Discourse Structure, and Sentence-level Principles
  • Using preparation prompts: laying a foundation for seminar
  • Best practices for working with students one-on-one

Lector Series aka "Lector Brew & Chat"

In our weekly series for Lectors, Writing Program directors discuss the nuances of the course, provide answers to common questions, and suggest ways to prepare for each week's writing seminars and paper comments. Both new and advanced Lectors are encouraged to attend for lively discussion over a cup of tea. Lector Brew & Chat takes place every Winter and Spring quarter in the Writing Program office.

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Pedagogy Courses for Writing Program Employees

All writing program jobs require an initial pedagogy course:

  • Writing Interns in the Humanities Common Core take HUMA 50000 in Spring or Summer.
  • Tutors take HUMA 50000 in Spring or Summer.
  • Lectors in Academic and Professional Writing take ENGL 50300 in Autumn.

CAs and TAs in other departments are welcome to take our Spring or Summer training course for their own professional development, if seats are available.