Resources for Teaching Writing

Teaching and Learning Support

WAC offers individual consultations, course visits, and group workshops for all faculty, departments, and programs across campus as well as with other schools and North Carolina community colleges.

Classroom Writing Instruction Support

Experts in the teaching and learning of writing are available to provide specific instructional support for any course at Appalachian State. We offer generalized workshops and support in the following areas:

  • Writing Across Curriculums
  • Writing in the Disciplines
  • Writing Strategies
  • Writing to Learn
  • Portfolio and Reflective Writing
  • Vertical Writing Curriculum Overview
  • Technical Error
  • Plagarism
  • Documentation Style (MLA, APA, and Chicago), etc.

We also offer individually designed sessions created in consultation with the faculty member and designed to support context-specific student learning.

If you would like a WAC consultant to come to your class, please complete this request form.

Faculty Consultations

The Writing Across the Curriculum (WAC) Program's main objective is to enhance academic writing at Appalachian State by engaging with teachers in all disciplines. WAC writing consultants regularly engage in one-on-one conversations with faculty across the University about to help make writing instruction more meaningful and more efficient for both teachers and students.

Below are some of the topics we offer. This is not a comprehensive list but provides examples of what could be discussed in one-on-one conversations:

  • Reducing faculty workload by assessing writing more efficiently and quickly
  • Addressing student error
  • Scaffolding writing assignments to support clarity and practice (TILT & UDL models)
  • Creating relevant, meaningful assignments
  • Helping students choose a focus for their writing
  • Using eportfolios to document, reflect on, and assess learning
  • Conducting valuable, productive peer review
  • Teaching revision strategies and practices
  • Addressing attribution, document, and plagiarism
  • Using reflection to support deep, long-term learning
  • Incorporating low-stakes writing activities and writing-to-learn pedagogy
  • Getting students to read and apply teacher feedback
  • Engaging in effective collaborative writing
  • Teaching analysis
  • Constructing an argument
  • Employing audience, voice, and tone effectively

If you you would like to discuss these or any other topics with WAC consultants, contact WAC Director, Dr. Elizabeth Carroll, to set up a one-on-one consultation.

Faculty Workshops

WAC offers a variety of workshops about teaching writing. Many of these are open to the University, but we can also tailor workshops to the needs of specific faculty groups.