Word Shop is a series of information sheets on WAC theories and practices. These word shop files should help faculty integrate a variety of writing tasks into courses across all disciplines.

Word Shops below are organized by publication date.
For an indexed listing by SUBJECT, click here.

Dr. Bob Marrs is responsible for the publication and distribution of Word Shop.
For an alphabetized list of guest contributors, click here.

# Title General Subject Pub. Date
1 The Mellon Menu reading logs Sept. 1987
2 Minimal Marking marking papers Sept. 15, 1987
3 Talking to Strangers student writers Oct. 13, 1987
4 Writing Center Procedures, "Responding to Student Writing" WC goals and strategies Nov. 11, 1987
7 Self-referential Sentences self-referential writing Jan. 19, 1988
9 A Procedure for Peer Evaluation of Research Projects peer evaluation Feb. 9, 1988
10 Letters That Don't Need Stamps letters, short writing Mar. 15, 1988
13 Microtheme Strategies for Developing Cognitive Skills short writing assingments/microthemes Sept. 21, 1988
14 Writing That Precedes Writing prewriting Oct. 4, 1988
17 A Knot of Questions: An Exercise in Training Tutors WC techniques Nov. 11, 1988
18 1,000 Papers A Year responding to student writing Nov. 18, 1988
20 Writing Beyond the Academy writing after graduation Jan. 3, 1989
21 Coe Students Write About Writing student responses Jan. 13, 1989
23 Autopsies written course evaluations Feb. 1, 1989
25 In-Class Writing to Learn uses for in-class writing exercises Mar. 8, 1989
26 The Fumble Rules of Grammar grammar rules Apr. 1, 1989
27 Responding to Student Writing responding to student writing
28 To Narrow and to Focus
problems with narrowing and focusing paper topics  
30 Responding to Student Writing: "Movies of the Mind" responding to student writing Oct. 13, 1989
31 Evaluating College Writing responding to student writing Oct. 26, 1989
33 When the Words Seem to Be Inevitable reasons for writing assignments Nov. 14, 1989
41 Using Journals to Direct Studying assisting studying with journals Apr. 12, 1990
42 Coe Students Writing About Chemistry expectations on writing Apr. 18, 1990
43 Writing About Homer, Virgil, and Dante writing and revising Apr. 25, 1990
44 Jargon Jackpot Crackerjacks And Other Bits of News: A Windy City Report assessing writing, writing programs May 17, 1990
45 The Feel of Writing and Teaching Writing
collage on writing and teaching writing Sept. 25, 1990
46 Writing Collages collage writing Oct 25, 1990
49 Revising quotes on writing Jan. 21, 1991
53 The Visibility of Prose student perspective on writing Mar. 20, 1991
59 Portfolios and the Other Readers Program benefits of portfolio assignments Oct. 8, 1991
64 WAC and WILT interview with Wilt Chamberlain May 1, 1992
69 Fiksing the g/j anomali and other speling issues students and faculty on spelling Nov. 20, 1992
74
The Ecology of Writing
writing occurs within a web of relationships Nov. 29, 1993
78 Credos for Writers quotes on writing Mar. 3, 1994
79 Conquering Insecurities: A Writing Center Case Study student/consultant case study Mar. 14, 1994
80 Four Days in the Athens of the South assising writing, writing programs, teaching writing Apr. 19, 1994
82 Plagiarism Council Chronicle
ways to deal with and avoid plagiarism Sept. 27, 1994
83 "Off the Wall": Writing for my Peers writing for professors vs. peers Oct. 27, 1994
85
Dialogue Across Two Cultures
faculty experiences influence their writing pedagogy] Nov. 30, 1994
86 Ten Lessons
teaching composition Feb. 14, 1995
87 Driving a Car at Night quotes on writing Feb. 21, 1995
89 Don't Erase - and some other advice student advice on writing Apr. 10, 1995
90 Some Questions and Some Answers professors answers to writing concerns Apr. 28, 1995
91 The End of All Method quotes/analogies on writing May 17, 1995
92 The Apostrophe conversation on punctuation Oct. 1, 1995
95 You Can't Wait for the Taxi of Inspiration analogies: "writing is like..." Dec. 7, 1995
97 A Miscellany: Erasmus to Bosnia collage of excerpts Jan. 23, 1996
101 Self-Reflective Assignments self-reflective writing Sept. 20, 1996
102
A Few Bird by Bird Feathers
passages from Bird by Bird
Oct. 10, 1996
106 What Goes on in the Reading/Writing Workshop? student and professor perspectives on RWW Feb. 7, 1997
109 Manifest Destiny how to write good poetry Oct. 28, 1997
111 Writing Conferences: pre-draft; post-draft pre- and post-draft writing center conferences Jan. 16, 1998
113 A Hodgepodge collection of clips on writing Feb. 18, 1998
115 Four Aims of Argument: Inquiry, Conviction, Persuasion, Negotiation reasons for argumentative papers, professor response Sept. 15, 1998
116 Ten Unusual Resreach Paper Sources using resources assignment Oct. 9, 1998
117 Grammar, Usage, Style teaching writing Oct. 28, 1998
118 What We Love in Language and How to Tell Our Students teaching writing  
121 Notes from a Reading Workshop teaching engaged reading Sept. 23, 1999
126 The Five-Paragraph Theme listserv pros and cons of 5-paragraph theme, writing assignments Apr. 25, 2000
128 Self-Assessment and Peer Assessment Forms assessing writing Nov.14, 2000
129
How to Inspire Revision: Teaching Thinking Through Teaching Revision
passages from Engaging Ideas
Jan. 4, 2001
130 When Students Feel Stupid responding to student writing Mar. 2, 2001
131 Grading by Primary Trait Analysis responding to student writing Apr. 17, 2001
132 Reading about Reading assignments reading assignment supplements, quotes on reading Oct. 17, 2001
133 Creating Effective Assignments writing assignments Feb. 20, 2002
134 Assessing Writing should be Assessing Thinking responding to student writing Mar. 8, 2002
135 Web Page Forums: Collaborative Conversations consultants writing about plagiarism April 5, 2002
136 A Series of Observations on Plagiarism anthology on the complexities of plagiarism Aug. 26, 2002
137 An October Medley on Spelling, Punctuation, Pedagogy, and Writing Centers a conglomeration of shorts on writing Oct. 2, 2002
138
COIK
Hartwell’s classification of five grammars Oct. 23, 2002
139
AWK, CS, FRAG, & ORG? principles for responding to student writing Nov. 20, 2002
140 Defining and Avoiding Plagiarism: The WPA Statement on Best Practices Writing Program Administrator's statement on plagiarism January, 2003
141

A Chemist and an Ethnomusicologist on Clarity and Voice

chemist and musician discuss writing assignments Sept. 16, 2003
143

Peer Readers:  Fighting Premature Closure

students learning to revise papers Jan. 22, 2004
144 Writing in Eight Inch Stilettos contrasting the inexperienced and skilled writer Sept. 2, 2004
145 A Dragon Foe of Ancient Lineage articles on writing assignments in the college/university setting Sept. 30, 2004
146 Readers, Writers, and Wreaders observations on reading and writing Oct. 26, 2004
147 Teaching Partners in Spring Green, Summer 2004 journal entries of participants in the Spring Green Retreat Feb. 4, 2005
148 AWP Conference in Vancouver: Readers Moved to Emulation observations of conference attendees April 28, 2005
149 The Verbs advice on crafting an argumentative essay October 30, 2007
150

Regression, Blunders, Errors, Mistakes, and Solecisms

regression common in students writing Jan. 27, 2006
151
A Blog and a Checklist
blog excerpts and an academic paper checklist
Sept. 26, 2006
152
Spread the Love
Jan. 17, 2007
153 Spring Break Discoveries: Student/Faculty Perception of Writing Assignments
faculty versus student perceptions of writing tasks March 16, 2007
155
How College Students Develop as Writers
study of student writing at liberal arts college] Jan. 27, 2009
156

Mistakes Are a Fact of Life:  Errors in College Student Compositions

patterns of errors in student writing Jan. 18, 2011
157
The Myth of Improvement
does students’ writing improve? Feb. 8, 2011
159

Kissing Cousins, Coauthors, Flower and Hayes–and So Much More

recent composition studies March 16, 2011

 


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