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In addition to working directly with students, the NSU Write from the Start Writing and Communication Center offers faculty support for teaching writing in the disciplines. This support will be available on campus and online to full- and part-time faculty members

Faculty can encourage their students to come to the writing and communication center for individual assistance. Our consultants offer students individualized assistance through one-on-one sessions lasting 45 minutes. These sessions can be in person or online, and can focus on any stage of the process, from brainstorming and developing ideas to editing final products.

Specifically, they will discuss assignments, listen to ideas, ask questions, talk about writing strategies, offer constructive feedback, and strengthen students' writing and communication habits. In addition, consultants can assist with small group assignments so long as all members of the group are present.

Faculty are encouraged to work with the WCC to develop expertise on disciplinary-specific conventions pertaining to the assignments students will bring in to the center.

Services include assistance on the following:

  • Academic Projects (papers, theses, dissertations)
  • Professional Projects (resumes, CVs, cover letters, grant applications, articles for publication)
  • Personal Projects (creative writing)
  • Digital Projects (PowerPoints, posters, infographics)

Each college has two faculty members who act as liaisons between their college and the NSU Write from the Start Writing and Communication Center. Participation can be counted toward university service, leadership, and engagement.

Join us this winter on Wednesdays from 12-1 pm in the WCC (Rm. 430 in the Alvin Sherman Library) or online via GoToTraining for workshops designed to meet the needs of faculty interested in expanding or improving the use of writing in their classes to help students learn more effectively

Whether you want to attend virtually or in-person, simply click the link next to the session description below and enter your information. (Once registered, you will receive reminders and an email with the link to login to the session, as well as access to follow-up materials and an online survey following the workshop.)

*BYOD! The WCC encourages all visitors to bring their laptops, tablets, or mobile devices with them to use during workshops.

We would be happy to develop a custom workshop or run a past workshop just for your department or college. If you have any questions about WCC faculty workshops, contact Dr. Eric Mason at

Winter 2019 Faculty Workshops

Fall 2018 Faculty Workshops

  • Small Assignments—Big Impact—Minimal Grading - Discover how short, low-stakes writing assignments can be used in your courses to facilitate and monitor student learning.

  • The Seven Habits of Highly Effective Commenters - Learn how to respond effectively to student writing without doing the work for them.

  • Plotting a Course for Student Writing through Canvas - Join this hands-on workshop to learn how to create individual and group assets in Canvas that cover the entire writing and review process.

  • Creating a Peer Review Process That Really Works - Prepare students for real-world collaboration by improving their ability to effectively read and respond to each other’s writing.

  • Flipping the Script on the Flipped Classroom - Find ways to use writing to help flip your classroom and to support independent student learning.

  • More than Words on a Page: Composing with Audio - Explore approaches to assigning, assessing, and developing students’ ability to compose audio-based projects.

  • PowerPointless: Rethinking the Oral Presentation - Break out of lecture-style presentations with innovative formats and approaches to how students present their work in and out of class.

  • The Power of Play: Gamifying the Learning Process - Explore how to engage students with play-based scenarios that challenge them to learn through creativity and collaboration.

  • Harnessing the Educational Potential of Social Media - Find out how writing for social media can benefit your students’ engagement with and understanding of course content.

  • ExEL-ing in the Real World: Facilitating Writing-Based Experiential Learning - Learn best practices for experiential learning projects where students produce texts for and in collaboration with community partners.

  • Designing Wickedly Awesome Group Assignments - Attempt creating assignments that encourage self-directed learning and challenge students to solve complex problems.

  • Drawn to Scale: Strategies for Incorporating Writing into Large Classes - Explore how best practices in writing and communication instruction can be adapted to meet the needs of teachers working with a large number of students.

Winter 2018 Faculty Workshops

Recordings are available below to access the content of past workshops.

  • Developing and Sequencing Writing Assignments
    Learn how to create engaging and useful writing assignments that target course goals | Molly Scanlon, Ph.D.
  • Responding to Student Writing Improve the effectiveness and efficiency of the feedback you give to students on written projects | Juliette Kitchens, Ph.D. and Star Vanguri, Ph.D.
    • "The 5Ws of Effective Response" (ppsx)
    • "Responding with Rubrics" (ppsx)
  • Assigning Oral Presentations
    Learn how to design oral presentation assignments that best meet the goals of your course | Stephen Andon, Ph.D.
  • Facilitating Peer Review
    Discover best practices for having students read and respond to their peers’ written work | Kevin Dvorak, Ph.D.
  • Creating Multimodal Assignments
    Learn how to design assignments that encourage students to go beyond the written word (through images, audio, and other media) | Eric Mason, Ph.D.

The Writing and Communication Center can create customized writing workshops for department and programs, as well as for student, faculty and employee groups on campus. If you are interested in such a workshop, please send an email to with the following information:

  • Your Name and Contact Information

  • Group requesting the workshop

  • Type of skill or content you'd like to see covered

We will get back to you to develop a plan for the workshop you requested.

This series will offer a quarterly forum for discussions about writing and the teaching of writing. Faculty and staff members from across the institution will be encouraged to submit proposals to present/lead discussions.

Faculty and staff members from the NSU Write from the Start Writing and Communication Center will organize an annual one-day symposium where faculty members can share best practices across the disciplines.

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