Howe Writing Across the Curriculum (HWAC) workshops can help you better use writing in your courses to teach content and disciplinary values. All faculty and graduate teaching assistants are welcome.

Some of our workshops follow a traditional format of brief presentations with hands-on activities. Others follow a roundtable format on a particular topic with your peers leading the discussion. Whatever workshop you sign up for, you can expect a relaxed atmosphere where you'll have ample opportunity to ask questions and share ideas with our staff and cross-disciplinary colleagues.

Spring 2021 events will take place remotely, via Zoom.

The Liminal Work of Dissertating: A 3-Part Workshop for Doctoral Students and Their Advisors

With Elizabeth Wardle, Director of the HCWE, and Mandy Olejnik, Graduate Assistant Director at the HCWE

This 3-part workshop series is designed to help doctoral students and their advisors discuss the challenges of conceptualizing and writing dissertations. We welcome those who are are currently dissertating or preparing to begin disserations. Students may attend alone but are encouraged to attend with their advisors. Advisors may also attend with multiple doctoral students.

Sessions will take place over 3 days, 1 session per day, from Monday, June 7–Wednesday, June 9, 9:00AM—10:00AM. After each session, the HCWE space will remain open for doctoral students to use, with optional support from Howe Writing Center graduate consultants. 

  • Session 1: Walking forward in a liminal space: Threshold concepts of doctoral education
  • Session 2: The challenge of conceptual framework
  • Session 3: Entering a conversation and writing a literature review

Please RSVP to Elizabeth Wardle (

Previous Events

Guided Peer Review Tools — Calibrated Peer Review (CPR), Kritik, and Eli Review

With Ann Updike, Associate Director of the HCWE, and Will Chesher, Graduate Assistant at the HCWE

Every writer needs a reader. Even though we know both student writers and reviewers learn from the peer review process, incorporating writing and peer review in larger courses can seem unmanageable. At this workshop, we'll consider best practices for peer review and provide an overview of the online tools Calibrated Peer Review (CPR), Kritik, and Eli Review that can help you engage students (of any course size) in meaningful guided peer review. Participants will have an opportunity to join breakout rooms with the workshop facilitators and company representatives to imagine how such automated tools could be used in their classrooms to ensure the peer review process is a meaningful experience for all. This workshop will take place on Zoom.

  • Monday, March 22, 10:05AM—11:20AM

Self-Care in Times of Stress: Reading, Discussion, & Activity Group

With Ann Updike, Associate Director of the HCWE, and guests

As we enter another semester of remote teaching, Zoom meetings, and continued uncertainty around the pandemic, a practice of self-care will become even more important to get us through. Join colleagues on three Wednesdays in February and March to discuss readings on topics such as the impacts of stress, the importance of self-care, the benefits of various self-care practices, and other topics of interest to the group. The readings and discussion are intended to help us care for ourselves (and thus others) in order to relieve stress and encourage concentration, creativity, and resilience. Each session will also include time to practice what we are learning. All sessions will take place on Zoom, from 2:50PM—4:10PMYou need not attend all sessions. 

  • Session 1, with Ann Elizabeth Armstrong (Theater): Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2:50PM—4:10PM 
  • Session 2, with Yoga Teacher Tanuja SinghWednesday, March 3, 2:50PM—4:10PM
  • Session 3, with Vrinda Kalia (Psychology): Wednesday, March 17, 2:50PM—4:10PM

Designing Assessments for Deep Learning (3-part series)

With Caitlin Martin, Graduate Assistant Director at the HCWE

Do you ever wonder if your students are actually learning what you hope they’ll learn in your course? Do you want to develop meaningful assessment for your program, major, or department? Did you attend either of the HCWE’s or the CTE’s winter term workshops and now want to keep your conversation about assessment and student learning going? If you said yes to any of these, this workshop on developing assessments to understand deep learning is for you.

In this 3-part workshop, participants will discuss deep learning and assessment strategies and have time to collaboratively (re)design an assessment for a learning site of their choosing (classroom, program, major, department). This workshop series is designed to support faculty in thinking about multiple kinds of assessment and the connections between levels and approaches. In Session 1, we will discuss theories of deep learning and consider the kinds of learning we’re asking of our students. In Session 2, we will build on this conversation with strategies and principles for assessing learning in multiple ways. Session 3 will be a collaborative working session for participants to (re)design an assessment for their class. Interested participants should plan to attend all three sessions, which will take place on Zoom from 10:05AM—11:20AM.

  • Session 1 (Tuesday, Feb. 2): What is deep learning and how—and where—does it happen? 
  • Session 2 (Tuesday, Feb. 9): What is authentic assessment and how do I do it? 
  • Session 3 (Tuesday, Feb. 16): Collaborative assessment (re)design workshop

Writing in a Time of Crisis (4-part series)

With faculty and graduate students from the Miami writing community

Join us on four Fridays after HCWE open Writing Hours to talk with colleagues about strategies for writing, especially in times of stress or crisis. Guests will talk about how they have been getting various kinds of writing done, what’s been helpful and hard for them during COVID, and what some implications are for their teaching. Attendees will learn about colleagues’ lived experiences with writing and reflect on their own writing and teaching of writing. Bring your own lunch so that we can have “virtual lunch” together. You are welcome to attend one or all four of these sessions. All sessions will take place on Zoom, 12:00PM—1:20PM.

  • Feb. 19: Finishing a book-length project during COVID with Annie Dell'Aria (Art History) and Anita Mannur (English)
  • March 5: Writing and researching in a lab during COVID with Jay Smart (Psychology)
  • April 2: Collaborative writing during COVID with Gaile Pohlhaus, Keith Fennen, and Elaine Miller (Philosophy)
  • April 23: Dissertating during COVID with Jennifer Edwards (EDL), Justin Chandler (English), and Carrie Ann Sharitt (Biology)

Explore more development opportunities from our partners, eLearning and the Center for Teaching Excellence (CTE).