To register for these workshops please click on the following link:

https://etapps.missouri.edu/cwp/event

Mindful Writing Workshops

Led by Dr. Donna Strickland, Director of Composition, Department of English

This series of workshops will provide faculty and graduate teaching assistants with instruction and practice in a reflective, process-based approach to writing in order to enhance their own writing productivity and in turn to improve their ability to offer writing instruction to students. We will closely follow the tested and validated approach laid out in Robert Boice's book, How Writers Journey to Comfort and Fluency. Boice advocates a relaxed and intentional approach to writing; in a later publication he called his approach a "mindful way of writing" (see Guide). We thus will also engage in the kinds of secular mindfulness practices taught in the empirically-validated Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction programs as a way to cultivate the calm and focus necessary to writing with comfort and fluency.

Toward these ends, participants in the workshops will be invited to adopt these goals:

·         develop a daily writing habit by committing to 15-60 minutes of writing each weekday and reporting on the process to the group (I will set up a private blog to facilitate communication between group members)

·         learn and practice Boices rules for comfortable and fluent writing by focusing on one long-term writing project as well as shorter-term projects, as appropriate

·         practice mindfulness meditation and simple yoga in order to calm the mind and focus the attention, which enhances productivity

·         participate consistently and actively in a supportive writing community by faithfully  attending workshops, reporting on daily writing, and sharing additional observations and insight with the group

Interested faculty and graduate teaching assistants are encouraged to attend all of these offerings. If you plan to attend any workshops, please make an effort to make it to the first one, which will create a base for all the others. Attendance to at least five workshops will entitle faculty to a small E & E stipend, and graduate students will receive supplement to their paychecks.

All fall workshops will take place on Friday mornings and will include lunch. Attendance is limited. Please register no later than one week prior to the date of each workshop.

Friday, September 20, 2013, 9:00 am-1:00 pm at Memorial Union N222/223: Workshop 1, to cover Step 1, Motivation, and spend time writing together. Between workshops, participants will be asked to post daily to a group blog, accounting for the time they spend writing. (Motivation includes techniques for calming and focusing the mind as a writer begins new projects, including limiting ones writing time. Mindfulness practices are introduced here to facilitate building a calm focus.)

Friday, October 25, 2013, 9:00 am-1:00 pm at TBD: Workshop 2, to cover Step 2, Imagination, reflect on experience working with Step 1, and spend time writing together. (Imagination includes strategies for developing ideas, including note-taking, file building, and writing-to-learn strategies such as focused freewriting)

Friday, November 22, 2013, 9:00 am-1:00 pm at TBD: Workshop 3, 4 hours, to cover Step 3, Fluency, reflect on experience working with Step 2, and spend time writing together. (Fluency includes strategies for dealing productively with writing blocks.)

To register for these workshops please click on the following link:

https://etapps.missouri.edu/cwp/event

 

Amy, Bonnie, Jonathan & Jackie

Campus Writing Program

University of Missouri

Conley House, 602 Sanford St.

Columbia, MO  65211

573-882-4881

cwp.missouri.edu

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