Past Events

In addition to the annual retreat and numerous writing groups, past events developed by the Faculty Write Program include the Faculty Fellows Program, Writing Workshops, and How I Write.


Faculty Fellows Program

The Thompson Writing Program (TWP) and the Center for Instructional Technology co-sponsored a year-long Faculty Fellowship to provide support for faculty interested in developing and evaluating new approaches to teaching research with writing to undergraduates in their disciplines. During the Fellowship, participants from a range of disciplines met monthly to discuss writing as a way of thinking, explored ways to cultivate student writing during the research process, developed their plans for teaching research with writing in their spring courses, and assessed the effectiveness of their new approach(es).

Additionally, fellows discussed how to connect their own passion for research and writing to their teaching.

Melissa Simmermeyer, Romance Studies faculty and Research with Writing Fellow, discusses her teaching innovation in a recent blog post titled, “Scaffolding the writing process: Framing a space for critical thinking in L2.”

Nick Carnes, Assistant Professor in Public Policy, discusses his efforts to enhance student engagement with research in his course “The Great Recession.” By making the research process central to the course, he invites students to engage directly in policy debates as researchers and to consider thoughtfully how their own experiences connect to the course inquiry.

Leslie Babinski, a research scientist with Duke’s Center for Child and Family Policy, discusses her experience assigning peer review in conjunction with a comprehensive research paper. Her blog post is called Integrating Thoughtful Peer Review into a Research Project Assignment.


Writing Workshop

The Pleasure of Producing Good Sentences with Aaron Sachs, Historian, Cornell, September 11, 2015

Academic writers typically evaluate their work at the level of ideas or arguments.  But there is no indication of your thoughts beyond the sentences you use to capture them. What happens when we shift our attention to the careful crafting of each individual sentence? Can there be rhythm and music in scholarly prose?

This workshop is co-sponsored by the Faculty Write Program, The Philosophy, Arts and Literature Program,  and the Forum for Scholars and Publics.

Aaron Sachs maintains a focus on nature and culture: he wanders through parks, cemeteries, and wilderness areas, stares at landscape paintings and photographs, and re-reads Thoreau, all in an effort to figure out how ideas about nature have changed over time and how those changes have mattered in the western world. Dr. Sachs serves as the faculty sponsor of a radical underground organization at Cornell called Historians Are Writers, which brings together graduate students who believe that academic writing can be moving on a deeply human level.


Additional Past Workshops and Special Events

  • How to Write a Blog Post: Translating Research and Teaching for Broader Audiences
  • Goal Setting and Project Planning
  • Writing (in) the Academy
  • Writing Feedback–Getting the Right Reader at the Right Time
  • Creating and Sustaining Writing Groups
  • Revising Your Writing Space
  • Revising Your Writing Life
  • Understanding Writing Blocks
  • Using Scrivener for Large Research Projects
  • Public Scholarship Series (click here for full details)
  • Faculty Writing Retreat in Celebration of the National Day on Writing
  • Teaching Research with Writing
  • Supporting Graduate Students as Writers

IMAGE CREDIT: Ian Mackenzie, The ice highway, CC BY 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons