Writing @ Bates Archives


November 3, 2017 10:31 am

How to grade less, grade faster, and be a better teacher of writing.

Ask any group of faculty what they find most taxing, frustrating, and draining about teaching, and late nights of grading…


October 5, 2017 11:13 am

Writing to Win vs. Writing to Evolve

In the face of outright racism, sexism and “alternative facts,” an imperative and fundamental skill we teach students is how…


September 18, 2017 4:29 pm

What We Talk About When We Talk About Student Writing

  I still remember snippets of comments my professors wrote on my papers when I was an undergraduate thirty years…


April 7, 2017 3:22 pm

A Somewhat Belated Introduction

I’ve been the Administrative Coordinator for Writing at Bates for roughly half a year, and I think this post is…


March 10, 2017 4:14 pm

Working with English Language Learners by embracing the challenges they face

One of the most common points of confusion and anxiety that I come across across in working with faculty is…


February 17, 2017 11:29 am

Using Portfolios to Teach Reflective Writing & Narratives of Learning

Whether you’re teaching a “W” course or not, in a twelve-week semester, fitting in the core aims of writing pedagogy…


February 8, 2017 9:20 am

Code-Meshing and Writing Across Curriculum (WAC) Pedagogy

In 1988, Gayatri Spivak provocatively asked: “can the subaltern speak?” Spivak, a theorist of postcoloniality, contends that members of “subalterns”…


January 27, 2017 8:36 am

Welcome to the Writing at Bates Blog!

Writing at Bates is a program dedicated to supporting faculty as teachers of writing, and students as writers, at Bates…