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Successful Student Writing Workshop Series

Workshops by Dr. Brad Peters
Department of English, Northern Illinois University

Dr. Brad Peters
Dr. Brad Peters

The Successful Student Writing Workshop Series, new for fall 2016, will incorporate activities that will help you develop meaningful writing assignments, manage the task of grading, and prepare useful feedback for students. The series is designed to provide faculty, teaching assistants, and teaching staff with practical tips for helping students develop strong writing skills and academic success. Each workshop in the series will include numerous hands-on activities with practical takeaways that participants can apply immediately in their teaching. Brad Peters, Ph.D. from the Department of English will facilitate each of the workshops.

For your convenience, each of the five unique workshops will be offered on selected Fridays during the fall 2016 semester from 11:30 am to 1:00 pm. You can attend all of the workshops or just those of particular interest.

Series Workshops for Fall 2016:

Improving Students' Reading Skills through Writing
Friday, September 9, 2016, 11:30 am to 1:00 pm

Acquaint yourself with the best strategies to help students grapple with complex texts. You will discover several techniques that make students better readers—and writers. Advance registration is required.

Designing Short Writing Assignments that Work
Friday, September 23, 2016, 11:30 am to 1:00 pm

Find interesting and fun alternatives to the dreaded term paper! Students can improve their written skills and mastery of course content through shorter assignments that you'll actually want to grade. Advance registration is required.

Handling and Lightening the Paper Work Load
Friday, October 14, 2016, 11:30 am to 1:00 pm

Teaching writing-infused courses doesn’t mean you’ll drown in a sea of student papers! Learn tips for assigning, managing, and grading student writing that will make your life easier while helping students learn more. Advance registration is required. Register Here!

Helping Students Avoid Plagiarism
Friday, October 28, 2016, 11:30 am to 1:00 pm

Learn tips for guiding students away from academic misconduct by following the best practices cited in the National Council of Writing Program Administrators' statement on "Defining and Avoiding Plagiarism." Advance registration is required. Register Here!

Responding Effectively to Students’ Written Assignments
Friday, November 11, 2016, 11:30 am to 1:00 pm

Learn tips for motivating students with revision-oriented feedback and opportunities to reflect critically on their written work. Also, discover how "minimal marking" teaches students to correct their own grammatical problems. Advance registration is required. Register Here!

Writing Across the Curriculum
Faculty Development and Instructional Design Center

Registration Information:

This writing series is open to all faculty, graduate teaching assistants, and teaching staff at NIU. Space is limited so register now for each session you wish to attend by clicking on the provided "Register Here!" link above for each workshop and login using your NIU Account ID and password. Locations will be made available after you register.

After submitting the online registration, if you do not receive a response within two working days, please contact the Center at

After you register, if you are unable to attend, please cancel your registration at so that those on the waiting list may be given the opportunity to attend the workshop or program costs can be reduced.

Last Updated: 9/23/2016