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Fall 2016

High-Flying Fiction, and Working without a Net... A Talk with a Debut Novelist

Science-Fiction writer Fran Wilde, a nominee for the 2016 Nebula Award and author of the novel Updraft and the forthcoming novel Cloudbound from Tor Books, will speak at the University of Richmond's Jepson Alumni Center, Rosenbaum Room 114 Monday, March 21 4:30-5:30pm. She will talk about writing, publishing, and marketing a debut novel. Wilde has published her short fiction in Asimov’s, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, and Nature. The Writing Center is grateful to the university's Cultural Affairs Committee for supporting this event, free to the public. Directions to the event can be found here.

Fall 2015

Student Writing: Encouraging Purposeful Revision and Peer-Review: A Workshop for FYS Faculty
Friday, Sept. 11, 9:30-10:45 am
Boatwright Seminar Room 2

Faculty often encourage student peer-revision/editing in class, but which techniques can lead to stronger claims, better use of evidence, and clearer writing? Dr. Sydney Watts, Coordinator fo the First-Year Seminar Program, and Dr. Joe Essid, Director of the Writing Center, will cover a few techniques, including:

  • Richard Lanham's "Paramedic Method" for fostering clear and direct sentences
  • Peter Elbow's "Believing and Doubting Game" so student readers can provide pointed critiques about claims and evidence for them
  • Essid's "Need to Know" lists for self-critique and peer-critique
  • Graff & Birkenstein's use of a "Naysayer" to strengthen counter-argument in papers.

Participants will take home copies of the exercises to try in their classes. Contact Joe Essid with questions or to register for the workshop. Faculty are invited to bring short samples of anonymous writing to share and critique.

Fall 2014

"Cultural Differences in the Writing Process": A Workshop for FYS Faculty

With an ever-more international student body, faculty encounter students whose writing, ways of citing sources, and methods of analysis vary widely. This workshop will include practice with a short paper written by a non-native speaker, the fundamental differences in student preparation, and strategies for effective pedagogy with this population.

  • Wednesday Sept. 10, 3-4:30 pm, Boatwright Seminar Room 1 (first floor of library)
  • Moderators: Joe Essid, Writing Center Director; Nuray Grove, Director of ESL Services; Krittika Onsanit, Director of International Student, Scholar, and Internship Services.

On-Demand Classroom Workshops:

Faculty should us let know if they wish to have a Consultant visit class to discuss an aspect of writing such as developing a thesis, introducing quotations, or shaping paragraphs.

If faculty members have a topic they would like presented, we need two week’s notice and information about how long the workshop should run. We can provide students with materials to reinforce the lesson and we can also simply visit to introduce the Writing Center to first-year classes. Contact Joe Essid for more information.