Elon Writing Excellence Summer Institute - May 27-30

The Writing Excellence Initiative is pleased to announce the 2014 Elon Summer Institute on “Improving Student Writing and Learning in Any Course.”

The institute is open to all teaching faculty. However, space is limited. If the number of applicants exceeds capacity, selection will be made to achieve specific goals of the Writing Excellence Initiative, including broad participation of the university's programs.

What you and your students will gain

Learn how to use writing to enhance your students’ mastery of course content and strengthen their communication abilities—without increasing your paper load. Novices will learn a lot, but so will faculty already experienced in creating and guiding students through writing assignments in their courses.

Topics include the following.

  • How to use writing to achieve course goals.
  • How to design writing assignments that maximize student learning.
  • How to provide writing instruction no matter what your discipline.
  • How to comment on and grade student writing effectively and efficiently.
  • How to give students writing practice that doesn’t increase your grading time.
  • How to use technology to increase students’ learning and writing abilities.
  • How to avoid and detect plagiarism.

What you'll have when the workshop is over

In May, you will create two new or revised writing assignments for a course you will teach in the fall. During fall semester, you will meet with the other workshop participants for three two-hour sessions to discuss your experiences with student writing that term.


n exchange for creating the two assignments and submitting them to a collection of models for the university, you will receive a $500 stipend.

Praise from last year's participants

"I am so glad that I attended – I learned so much that will make me a better teacher."

"Best workshop I’ve taken."

"Very useful workshop.  I love having structured time to work among colleagues.  It’s motivating!"

"Thank you for a very enriching 4 days."

Workshop leaders

Paul Anderson, Elon's Director of Writing Across the University. More.

Marty Townsend, internationally recognized specialist in writing across the curriculum; former director of the Campus Writing Program at the Unifersity of Missouri. More.


The Institute will provide you with new ideas, strategies and assignments you can put to immediate use in your classes, and the pleasure of sharing your ideas with great colleagues from across the university. So that you may enjoy these benefits, the Institute will ask you to invest significant amounts of energy and creativity, including participation in all sessions and completion of homework assignments for each day.

Dates: May 27 - 30.
Sessions: 8:30 am to 4:00.
Location: 215 Moseley.
Homework: There will be a modest amount of reading before the first session, and there will be reading and writing homework for the other three sessions.
Participation: The Institute is designed to enable participants to steadily build their knowledge and writing assignments. Consequently, participants must attend all four days.
Nourishment for your body: Light breakfast available at 8:30, lunch, breaks.
Nourishment for your teaching soul: Supplied in abundance.

How to apply

In addition to your name and department, the website for applications will ask you to do the following.

  • Name the course you will teach next year in which you will use the two writing assignments you create.

  • Briefly describe your reasons for desiring to participate in the workshop (no more than 200 words).

  • Affirm that you will be able to attend all four days.

Deadline for applications

May 19, midnight.


Please ask Paul Anderson, 6646.