Resources for Faculty

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Refer a Student

If you have asked a student to visit the Writing Workshop, please complete our Referral Form.

Faculty Seminar on the Teaching of Writing

Each year, the Director of Academic Writing convenes a five-week Faculty seminar on the teaching of writing. Among other topics, faculty in the seminar discuss best practices in assignment and syllabus design, the most effective ways of responding to student writing, the challenges of identifying and conveying the qualities of successful academic prose, and the information we have on the experience of students as they work to become more successful writers.  Seminar members receive a stipend to support their participation. It has not yet been decided whether this seminar will take place this year, given the disruptions caused by the pandemic and remote instruction. If you are interested in joining the seminar in spring 2021, please contact Stephanie Weiner,

Request a Class Visit

Want to encourage your students to work on their writing? Request a class visit from a Writing Workshop Ambassador!

Writing Workshop Ambassadors are current Wes Writing Tutors that will come to your class and give a 5-10 minute presentation about our services. Visits are great because they:

  • have peers, rather than faculty, introduce students to writing support programs
  • can facilitate the registration process and walk students through the steps of making an appointment, lowering the barriers inherent in an online scheduling system
  • illustrate that all Wes students seek writing support for all types of reasons
  • show students that the Writing Workshop is a place to grow and develop as a writer, in addition to being a place to help students with specific writing needs

 If you’re interested, request a class visit here.

Teaching Resources

We are currently gathering together a series of Brief Guides on teaching writing, a set of curated online resources, and a website and database for instructors of First-Year Seminars. The first of these Brief Guides is posted below, and more links are to come. In the meantime, please take a look at the Online Writing Resources for Students and the Academic Writing Resources for Multilingual Writers. If you have assignments you'd be willing to contribute to the FYS website and database, please send them to Lauren Silber at or Stephanie Weiner at

A Brief Guide to FYS Assignments -- five quick tips about designing assignments for first-year seminars 

A Brief Guide to Teaching Writing Online -- a summary of key themes from research about online writing instruction, ideas for assignments, and links to further resources

A Brief Guide to Teaching Oral Communication Online -- strategies for revising three common oral communication assignments for distance and hybrid learning (individual presentations, group presentations, and student-facilitated discussions)

Oral Communication Online Podcast: Episode #1: The Speech Assignment, Episode #2: Group Presentations -- an expanded discussion of the material covered in the Brief Guides above

FYS@Wes -- a digital collective to promote just and innovative writing pedagogy at Wesleyan