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Workshops and Events

Upcoming Workshops & Events

We’re offering a series of Zoom workshops in Summer 2020 to assist faculty in all departments with the process of (re)designing classes to include online and hybrid instruction. The focus is on best practices and methods for becoming more efficient and effective in responding online to student writing:

  • Best Practices for Responding to Student Writers
  • Commenting on Drafts with Online Tools: Using PowerNotes
  • Helping Students Respond to Each Other: Effective Peer Review

Registration is required. For complete details and registration links, visit:

“Responding to Student Writing Summer Faculty Workshops”.



Past Workshops & Events

Recurring Workshops & Events

In collaboration with the UT Libraries, we co-host a “Writing Blitz,” a paper-writing marathon, around mid-term each semester. At this event, research librarians and writing tutors are on hand from late afternoon to midnight to assist students through the process of working on a paper in any subject.

We regularly co-host a semester “Jump-Start” workshop for thesis and dissertation writers, with presenters from various campus resource offices.

We offer regular workshops for First-Year Composition students each semester. Information is distributed to composition instructors via departmental email.

We regularly partner with the Center for Career Development to offer workshops on writing personal statements and CVs/resumes.

We host a National Day on Writing event each October, in collaboration with the UT Libraries.

Look for announcements on UTK’s Events Calendar each semester.


Special Workshops & Events

In Spring 2020, we hosted a workshop on “Helping Students Write Their Way into Disciplinary Knowledge: Principles of Smart Teaching,” which featured guest speaker Elizabeth Wardle from Miami University, Ohio, and was designed for faculty in any discipline who assign writing in their courses. We explored research-based principles of learning, focusing on types of knowledge, the role of prior knowledge, and feedback and practice. Participants drafted a “learning principles pledge” to apply to their own course and assignment designs.

Wardle also delivered a lecture, “Honoring Learning in Liminal Spaces: Helping Student Writers in the Humanities,” in which she described the “threshold concepts” framework and what it tells us about the liminal nature of deep learning. She gave an overview a case of a student writing and learning across a humanities major and discussed principles for designing courses and programs that encourage deep learning.

On October 11, 2019, we hosted a dedication ceremony to re-name our Center in honor of our major donor, Judith Anderson Herbert. Read more about Mrs. Herbert and some of the ways she and her husband Jim are helping to support UT writers.

Supporting Graduate Students as Writers: A Lecture and Workshop was a workshop designed for faculty who serve as chairs or advisors to graduate students in any discipline, including international graduate students whose first or strongest language is not English. Michelle Cox from Cornell University shared a framework resources for working with graduate writers. Contact us at for access to the resources Professor Cox shared.

In Fall 2019 we hosted a faculty seminar, Exploring Best Practices in Writing Instruction: Investigating Practices, Values, and Beliefs about Writing in Your Discipline