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Workshops provide practical advice on a range of writing topics, including developing productive writing habits, balancing teaching and scholarly productivity, and managing large research projects.

Upcoming Workshops & Discussions

Tania Mitchell

How I Write:  A Conversation with Dr. Tania Mitchell for Black Women Scholars

Monday, May 10 | 1-2pm | Online

Are you a Black woman scholar involved in community engaged research? Are you teaching an engaged pedagogy such as service-learning, community-based research, or participatory action research and working to advance your scholarship? Do you view your scholarship as for the public good? Would you like to connect with other community engaged scholars in North Carolina? 

Please join us for a conversation with internationally recognized community engagement and higher education scholar Dr. Tania Mitchell about how she writes, what motivates her work, and the importance of community engaged scholarship in higher education. Dr. Mitchell's research and teaching promote both social equity and social change in community engagement. Dr. Mitchell will discuss the challenges and opportunities of publishing as an engaged scholar, the need for more research that contributes to positive community change, and how she aligns research, teaching, and service as an engaged scholar. Her scholarship has been published in numerous books and journals, and her edited collections include Educating for Citizenship and Social Justice: Practices for Community Engagement at Research Universities (Palgrave MacMillan, 2018) and Black Women and Social Justice Education: Legacies and Lessons (SUNY Press, 2019). 

If you would like to attend, please register here. A Zoom link will be provided a few days before the conversation. Sponsored by North Carolina Campus Compact, with support from the Office of the Dean of Trinity College of Arts and Sciences. 

Regularly Offered Workshops

Getting Useful Feedback on Your Writing 

How can you cultivate readers for your work and get useful feedback on your writing-in-progress? How can you limit the reader feedback you don’t need? In this workshop, participants will learn a range of strategies for asking for and getting feedback from different types of readers in a range of contexts, including writing groups, mentors and editors, and co-authors. Participants will have the opportunity to practice at least one feedback strategy and are welcome to bring a short piece of writing (1-2 pages) in any stage of development to exchange in a small group. Writing could be scholarly, professional (teaching statement, eg) or fiction. Writing exchange is optional.

Getting Writing Groups to Work for You

How can writing groups help you advance your scholarship during the academic year?  Faculty who’ve participated in writing groups will share their own motivations, successes, and strategies. Participants will (1) Learn about different types of writing groups; (2) Identify which type of writing group may work best for them; (3) Learn how to join existing groups or start their own.  

Writing Group Convener Training

Want to start a writing group, but not sure where to begin?  Are you currently convening a group, but no one seems to get any writing done? Or your group gets off to a good start, but writers stop attending as the semester gets busy? Are you wondering what works best for convening virtual writing groups? Training includes strategies and useful tools for keeping a group organized, motivated, and supportive of each other's goals.  Also includes frameworks for participant reflection and goal setting. 

Balancing Teaching and Scholarship: A Fall Course Planning Workshop 

At the start of every semester, do you hope that, finally, this will be the one... 

...when you don't get overwhelmed by teaching?

 ...when you also make progress on your writing and research?

...when you make a realistic plan for how you will spend your time, and then actually stick to it?  

In this workshop, award-winning teacher Monique Dufour will show you how you can optimize your time and promote student learning. Learn why it's hard to manage the time you spend on teaching, why you should, and how you can. 

Overcoming Writing Blocks 

When you sit down to write, do you find it difficult to begin? Never seem to have time to finish those manuscripts? Having trouble finding motivation to write a grant?  Maybe you have a paper in the final stages but it doesn’t feel good enough to submit? In this workshop, we'll discuss a framework for understanding writing blocks, how to move past them, and how to build momentum for your work. 

Creating Space for Engaged Scholarship

Engaged scholars face the challenge of balancing many commitments, including scholarship, teaching, and partnerships. In this workshop, we will discuss how to begin to establish your priorities, and to align them with faculty evaluation standards. Participants will (1) Establish their goals as engaged scholars; (2) Consider how they may align their goals with their priorities and faculty evaluation standards; (3) Discuss planning and writing strategies to make progress on their priorities.

Apply Retreat Insights to Your Pedagogy

In this two-session mini-course participants will design learning experiences that empower students as writers in their discipline. For Summer Scholarly Writing Retreat Alumni.

Additional workshops include: Developing a Semester Writing Plan, Making Space for Writing as an Administrator, Revising Your Writing Space, and Supporting Graduate Students as Writers. New workshops are added regularly throughout the year. Check back often.

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Participant Feedback


"I’ve used the workshops, especially the group discussions, to improve my own writing skills/productivity, but I’ve also taken these lessons back to my research group in order to develop a culture of writing." – Tim C. Sell, Associate Professor of Physical Therapy, Director of the K-Lab