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CxC // LeaRN

Coe 111A // Dept. 3334

1000 E. University Ave.

Laramie, WY 82070

Phone: 307.223.2082


Ongoing Events

Spring 2023 Graduate Learning Certificate Program: A Deep Dive into Scholarly Writing Techniques

Facilitated by Rick Fisher and Bethann Merkle. All group sessions are on Tuesdays, 2:45-4pm

Apply here by Dec. 31, 2022:

The series is open to graduate students who are currently working on ongoing writing projects and who desire to write more consistently and more effectively. We invite graduate students of all disciplines and at all stages of progress through their graduate programs.The six main sessions will be facilitated via Zoom, and students in off-campus programs are welcome to apply.

Tentative session dates and topics 

Session 1 (Jan 31): Series overview: Goals, benefits, and expectations. Participant introduction activity. Tactics for writing group formation
Session 2 (Feb 7): Critical reading as a form of writing / Finding authorial voice. Finalize writing groups
Session 3 (Feb 14): Stretching your writing muscles: The Writer’s Diet test, plus key sentences
Session 4 (Feb 21): Invisible expectations and explicit moves
Session 5 (Feb 28): Structural and storytelling arcs. The move from group activity to self-directed work
Conference: To occur between Feb. 15 and April 4
Final session (April 4): Final check-in and reflection

An additional key component of this program is weekly writing groups; participants will learn about various writing group formats and form groups based on common goals.

Required elements: Participants who attend all sessions, complete weekly reflections, complete session prep work, complete a one-on-one conference with a writing specialist, and participate in weekly writing group meetings will receive a certificate in Scholarly Writing Engagement.

Self-directed elements: In addition to required activities above, each participant will select at least one self-directed element, such as conducting an interview with a writer, developing a scholarly website, drafting a five-year research agenda, remediating an existing project/document, delivering a practice conference talk, or taking on some other writing-development activity.

Co-sponsored by Communication Across the Curriculum Program, LeaRN program, and UW Science Communication Initiative

Fall 2022 Writing Block (9:30a-3p, Nov. 19)

This "mini-retreat" is designed for members of the UW community (students, faculty, and staff) who are working on substantial writing projects.We'll provide lunch and snacks. The purpose is simply to provide time, space, and some sustenance for your academic, professional, creative, or other writing efforts.

Registration is required and will be capped at 30 participants. Event location is on the UW campus; this fall, a Zoom option is available for participants who are not in Laramie.

Click HERE to register.

Fall 2022 / Spring 20223 First Monday Club
(8:30-9:30a, Sept. 12, Oct. 3, Nov. 7, Dec. 5)

The First Monday Club offers instructors (including teaching assistants as well as staff with non-class teaching roles) a once-monthly opportunity to engage in cross-disciplinary discussions about implementing and assessing good thinking, writing, and knowing. Co-facilitated with Meg Van Baalen-Wood, ECTL.

Location: Coe 511  |  No registration required, but please email Rick Fisher ( or Meg Van Baalen-Wood ( to be added to the monthly reminder email list.


Ongoing offerings

COM Instructor Info Sessions and Consultations

Consultations are available year-round for COM instructors which wish to learn about COM goals/outcomes, to gather ideas for teaching communication-intensive assignments, or to revise pedagogy based on previous student assessment. Reach out to Rick Fisher ( to schedule a consultation.


Previous events

Click here to view an extensive list of CxC's previous impacts (through workshops, faculty learning communities, graduate learning communities, and other efforts)

Contact Us

CxC // LeaRN

Coe 111A // Dept. 3334

1000 E. University Ave.

Laramie, WY 82070

Phone: 307.223.2082


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