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Lecture–Honoring Learning in Liminal Spaces: Helping Student Writers in the Humanities 

March 5, 2020, 4:00-5:00 pm, 1210-11 McClung Tower

Invited speaker Elizabeth Wardle from Miami University, Ohio, will describe the “threshold concepts” framework and what it tells us about the liminal nature of deep learning. She will overview a case of a student writing and learning across a humanities major and discuss principles for designing courses and programs that encourage deep learning. 

This lecture is free and open to all.


Writing Blitz

Tuesday, March 10, from 5pm-midnight in Hodges Library

The Writing Blitz is hosted by the UT Libraries and the Herbert Writing Center. The Spring 2020 event will take place on Tuesday, March 10, from 5pm-midnight in Hodges Library. More information coming soon.



Undergraduate Workshops

The Writing Center holds workshops for First-Year Composition students. For more information, see our schedule for English 103 and English 104.

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

See for upcoming workshops.

Graduate Student Workshops

The Writing Center regularly leads a semester “Jump-Start” for Thesis and Dissertation writers with guest speakers from various campus resource offices. Return to this page later to see our call for applications for next semester.

Faculty Workshops

Helping Students Write Their Way into Disciplinary Knowledge: Principles of Smart Teaching

March 5, 2020, 11:30 am-1:30 pm, Student Union 262A

Registration is required; please RSVP by Thursday, February 27 at

Designed for professorial, lecturer, and GTA faculty in any discipline who assign writing in their courses, especially those who teach “WC” (Written Communication) courses. 

We will explore research-based principles of learning, focusing on types of knowledge, the role of prior knowledge, and feedback and practice. Participants will draft a “learning principles pledge” to apply to their own course and assignment designs.

Lunch will be provided, and all participants will receive a copy of How Learning Works: Seven Research-Based Principles for Smart Teaching, by Susan A. Ambrose, et al.

Space is limited to 30 participants.

Elizabeth Wardle, Roger & Joyce Howe Distinguished Professor of Written Communication and Director, Roger and Joyce Howe Center for Writing Excellence at Miami University, Ohio, will lead this workshop.

Supported by the Jim and Judi Herbert Excellence in Writing Endowment. 


Past Events & Workshops

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

We hosted a National Day on Writing event on Monday, October 21, from 12:00-2:00 pm on the 2nd floor of the Hodges Library.

Supporting Graduate Students as Writers: A Lecture and Workshop was 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