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Approaches to Peer Writing Workshops

Workshop for Duquesne faculty, Spring 2015

Jim Purdy

on 13 February 2015

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Approaches to Peer Writing Workshops
Peer writing workshop
an activity where two or more writers read one another’s writing and provide feedback regarding its effectiveness, identifying strengths and weaknesses and offering suggestions for revision
Benefits of peer writing workshops
receive feedback about a text's effectiveness
have a deadline to have a draft ready
expand their notion of audience
develop their revision skills
learn vocabulary to discuss writing
see how other students approached an assignment
take a more reflective stance on their writing
realize if they are on the right track
reinforce the value of a process view of writing
receive better drafts
increase student engagement with their writing
save time
Possible drawbacks
may not want to participate
may receive “bad” feedback
must spend time planning
can be pressed for class time
Ways to integrate peer workshop into courses
Class time
during class
outside of class
hard copy
multiple mini-workshops
one overall workshop
Group configuration
pairs vs. groups
instructor-led peer writing conferences
anonymous vs. named writers and reviewers
student- vs. instructor-selected partners
same group all semester vs. different colleagues for each workshop
Strategies to encourage productive student feedback
provide specific questions
connect questions to the grading criteria
avoid only yes/no questions
don’t ask students to comment on too much
ask students to mark up drafts
model what effective peer response looks like
ask students to respond to suggestions they received
advise students to save editing for later
conduct workshops long enough before an assignment is due
evaluate student participation
ask students to hand in their drafts and feedback
have a policy in place for late or unprepared students
“writing is almost always collaborative. Hardly anything written, be it literary or transactional, is the work of one person from beginning to end” (Leahy 46)
James P. Purdy, Spring 2015
Ideas from writing studies experts
Taylor, Todd. Take 20. Boston: Bedford/St. Martin's, 2010. Web. 13 Feb. 2015 http://www.macmillanhighered.com/catalog/static/bsm/take20/
Doran, Jo, and Veronika Maliborska. “Peer Review Presentation.” Purdue Online Writing Lab. Purdue University, 2014. PowerPoint. 13 Feb. 2015 http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/712/1/

Flash, Pamela. “Creating Effective Peer Response Workshops.” Teaching with Writing. Center for Writing, University of Minnesota, 2011. Web. 13 Feb. 2015 http://writing.umn.edu/tww/responding/peerworkshop.html

Flash, Pamela. “Peer Workshop: Response to First-Person Accounts of Place.” Teaching with Writing. Center for Writing, University of Minnesota, 2011. Web. 13 Feb. 2015 http://writing.umn.edu/tww/responding/sample.html

“An Introduction to Peer Review.” Writing @ CSU. Colorado State University, 2015. Web. 13 Feb. 2015 http://writing.colostate.edu/guides/processes/peerreview/

“Peer Review.” WI Peer Review Groups & Criteria Grids. Mānoa Writing Program, The University of Hawai'i at Mānoa, 2014. Web. 13 Feb. 2015 http://manoa.hawaii.edu/mwp/faculty/teaching-tips/syllabus-design/writing-activities/peer-review

“Resource: Sample workshop sheets.” Writing @ CSU. Colorado State University, 2015. Web. 13 Feb. 2015 http://writing.colostate.edu/guides/teaching/peer/pop2d.cfm
Online Resources and Examples
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