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April 26: Meaningful writing

Hands-on faculty workshop, public lecture

Meaningful writing for undergraduate students will be the focus of a hands-on workshop for University of Delaware faculty members and a lecture for the campus community on Thursday, April 26.

The workshop and lecture, hosted by the UD Writing Center, will be presented by Neal Lerner, director of the writing program at Northeastern University. Both presentations are based on The Meaningful Writing Project, which is a multi-year, multi-institutional study of what college seniors report to be their most meaningful writing projects as undergraduates.

The workshop, open to faculty across campus, will be held in Faculty Commons, 116 Pearson Hall, from 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. The lecture, which is free and open to the public, will take place from 3:30-4:30 p.m., in 108 Memorial Hall.

In the lecture, “The Meaningful Writing Project: Learning, Teaching and Writing in Higher Education,” Lerner will present the findings of the research project and discuss the implications for curriculum, pedagogy and assignment design across disciplines.

The workshop, “Teaching for Meaningful Writing in all Disciplines,” is based on the results from the Meaningful Writing Project. It is designed to help faculty alter assignments to foster students’ meaningful writing experiences in all disciplinary contexts.

Participants in the workshop are asked to bring a syllabus or writing assignment they hope to rethink through the lens of the research on students’ experiences.

To register for the lecture or workshop, visit this site.

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