It's hard for me to answer your post -- since what you are describing
sounds like several weeks of intensive work.
If you haven't already done so I would begin by asking for sample syllabi
-- those which people already have developed. and then I would develop
workshops around those syllabi.
There's lots of ways to begin--for example a workshop on how to include
ungraded writing, workshops on developing short, parallel assignments,
workshops on developing longer, interconnected assignments.
I spent a whole day at Windsor working on the integration of writing in
larger classes. That whole day though took about a week and a half to
plan and develop.
On Mon, 24 Apr 1995, Roberta Lee wrote:
> I am leading a WAC Workshop for UNBSJ faculty, from 8 P.M. Wed.
> night, May 10th through 2 P.M. Friday, May 12th, in St.Andrew's N.B.,
> about one and a half hours from Saint John. We received "Innovation
> Fund" money for this workshop; the money goes for room and board,
> etc. but cannot go towards paying anyone to lead it(hence I'm not
> screaming for you pros out there to come quickly!).
> Some excerpts from the notice;
> "During the workshop, each participant will work on
> redesigning one course for the 1995-96 academic year, with the goal
> of incorporating more writing into the syllabus."
> "...interdisclinary dialogue focused on writing"
> "...discussion not only of practical choices but also of
> the bases for these choices"
> "...providing the opportunity for faculty to experiment
> with new ways of using writing, supported by their colleagues"
> We have had one-day and half-day workshops, but never this kind
> of retreat-type of workshop.
> So far we have faculty coming from Sociology, Biology,Nursing,
> Classics, Education, Business, English, French, possibly Political
> Science and Math. We probably won't have more than 12, plus three
> Writing Lab staff.
> I need all the suggestions I can get on how to run the thing!
> Thanks! Roberta Lee