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Writing at Moravian Presents — May Writing Workshops 2022

Open to Moravian University faculty, staff, and Administrators 

Thursday, May 12


9:00 - 9:15 AM — Welcome to May Writing Workshops + Overview (light breakfast and coffee served) 

Inquiry represents a cornerstone of writing. Our line of inquiry for the day: How do we teach at the intersection of inquiry and writing in ways that support student learning and college-level literacy skills development?

9:15 - 10:00 AM — Context is Key to Effective Inquiry Projects: Teaching Students to Understand Rhetorical Situations and Genre Conventions — Dr. Crystal Fodrey and Chris Hassay, Writing at Moravian

Research in the field of Writing Studies shows improvement in writing knowledge and abilities when students are asked not only to write in different genres for different purposes, audiences, and contexts but also asked to thoughtfully consider and reflect about the differences between genres and rhetorical situations when conveying a similar message to a different audience for a different purpose in a different medium—a process that allows students to begin to articulate their own theories of writing by iteratively reflecting on questions like “what is good writing?” “what counts as an appropriate source?” and “how should this source function?” in the context of a particular writing project. This session will illustrate different active learning strategies that help students recognize and apply rhetorical and genre knowledge when they research, read, and write. 

10:00 - 10:15 AM — Focused Inquiry Spotlight — Dr. Anastasia Thévenin, Biological Sciences 

These spotlights showcase various research projects, practices, and pedagogies used by faculty in different disciplines. 

10:30 - 11:30 AM — Writing Effective Assignment Prompts — Dr. Crystal Fodrey and Meg Mikovits, Writing at Moravian 

In this interactive session participants will consider the elements of assignment prompts most critical to designing and scaffolding effective, meaningful, disciplinarily-relevant writing projects in courses across the curriculum. 

11:30 AM - 12:00 PM — Working with Writing Fellows — Meg Mikovits and Writing Fellows, Writing at Moravian

Learn how to make the most of working with a Writing Fellow and hear from experienced Writing Fellows who share their experiences and strategies for working with first-year writing classes. 

12:00 - 12:30 PM — Lunch (provided for all FYW faculty in attendance plus those who register)

12:30 - 12:45 PM —  Focused Inquiry Spotlight —  Heikki Lempa, History  

These spotlights showcase various research projects, practices, and pedagogies used by faculty in different disciplines. 

12:45 - 1:45 PM — Go Wild: Writing and Information Literacy in the Disciplines — Kim Demyan and Kristine Petre, Reeves Library

Moravian University librarians discuss ways to intentionally integrate information literacy into writing-intensive and writing-enriched courses across the curriculum.

2:00 - 3:00 PM — Methods for Responding to and Assessing Writing — Crystal Fodrey & Meg Mikovits, Writing at Moravian  

Following our session on writing assignment design, this process-focused session invites participants to consider a variety of feedback and assessment strategies (ungrading, specs grading, holistic scoring, etc.) in writing courses. Moravian faculty will share different approaches they have used.  

3:00 - 3:30 PM — Encouraging Critical Reading with — Dr. Cathy Coyne, Nursing and Public Health and  Dr. Karen Groller, Writing at Moravian/Nursing and Public Health 

All Moravian faculty and students now have access to a Canvas-embedded application called that allows students to annotate course readings together in a collaborative space. You can learn more about this application on their website. This session will focus on ways that Moravian faculty have integrated collaborative annotation with into their courses to make student reading visible, active, and social.

Moravian University encourages persons with disabilities to participate in its programs and activities. If you anticipate needing any  accommodations or have questions about the access provided, please contact Writing at Moravian Staff Assistant, Chris Hassay, at