Workshops: Todd Mitchell

Todd Mitchell recently performed full day author visits, running writing and teaching workshops with both faculty and students at elementary and middle schools in Littleton and Broomfield. He also recently ran several writing and craft workshops with older teens in Fort Morgan as part of the Blue Horizon’s Writing Program.


CO300 Professional Development Workshops

“Grade Norming for Multimodal Projects.”  So you are all excited about integrating more multimodal projects in your sections of Writing Arguments.  What’s stopping you?  Maybe consternation (or just a little insecurity) about assessment.  Beth Lechleitner (whose own consternation makes her highly qualified) and Laura Thomas will facilitate this assessment norming session for wannabe multimodal pedagogues.  Also welcome are CO300 instructors who already teach multimodal assignments and would like to share their wealth of experience or perhaps confirm, refine their approaches.

Dates:                  Early October, exact date TBA

“Audiences:  Invoked/Addressed/Unintended.”   Ed Lessor facilitates a discussion of audience in the social media era using the two Ede and Lunsford essays from the CO300 reader to ground a conversation about the complexities of teaching audience in multimodal compositional environments. Discussion will center on integrating these theoretical texts with CO300 coursework with a focus on practical classroom activities and assignments.

Dates:                  Monday, November 11 and Tuesday, November 12

Time:                   4:30-5:30 p.m.

Workshop: Sue Doe

Sue Doe gave a talk on April 4, “The Case for Action (Teacher) Research: Professionalizing the College Classroom” at the University of Colorado-Colorado Springs. She then led a full-day workshop there on Friday, April 5, for faculty from across the curriculum. The workshop focused on the how-to’s of undertaking such work as a form of self-directed professional development.

Publishing Panel Event

Interested in a Career in Publishing? Then don’t miss this exciting publishing panel event!

“Working in the World of Publishing”
Monday, April 22nd, 4-5:30pm
LSC Room 211E

Refreshments will be served

Sponsored by the Department of English and the College of Liberal Arts.


If you are interested in learning more about a career in publishing, please join us for a lively conversation about working in the world of publishing with the following panelists:

  • Debbie Blair: Managing Editor of Jewelry Stringing magazine and related special interest publications at Interweave/F+W Media.
  • Stephanie G’Schwind: Director for CSU’s Center for Literary Publishing and Editor for the Colorado Review and the Colorado Prize for Poetry.
  • Charles J. Malone: Editor at Wolverine Farm Publishing for The Matterhorn, Matter Journal and A Poetic Inventory of Rocky Mountain National Park, Adjunct Faculty at University of Northern Colorado and Front Range Community College.
  • Cara McDonald: Editor and Co-founder of Fort Collins Magazine and Breckenridge Magazine.
  • Karla Oceanak: Children’s Author and Publisher for Bailiwick Press.
  • Todd Simmons: Publisher, Wolverine Farm Publishing.

For questions and more information, please contact Mary Hickey, English Department Internship Coordinator at or 970-491-3438.

Creating a Resume and Cover Letter Workshop

Attention English Students: Do you need help creating a resume and cover letter for a job or internship? Please join us for a resume and cover letter writing workshop with Wendy Rose, Assistant Director for CSU’s Career Center, Career Counselor, and Career Center Liaison to the College of Liberal Arts.

When: Thursday, April 25th, 3:30-4:30pm

Where: Whitaker Conference Room, Eddy Hall

What to Bring: Any resume or cover letter drafts you would like to work on and any questions!

Please RSVP to Mary Hickey, English Department Internship Coordinator by email at

CO150 Library News

Good News! The Morgan Library will be able to commit to offering library research orientation to all CO150 instructors who want it in the fall of 2013. And, there are some new supplemental materials designed by CSU’s Department of Composition to boot. Furthermore, the Morgan Library and the Department of Composition are interested in piloting instructor-led orientation sessions in the fall of 2013 to better tailor library research orientations for the needs of CO150. And, we are looking for instructors willing to explore this possibility with us! An interactive “train the trainer” workshop titled “Take in the Reins of Library Research: CO150 Library Research Orientation was held on April 15 and April 16 at the Morgan Library.

Library Instruction for CO150

Beginning Fall Semester, 2013, the CSU library will no longer be able to offer library instruction days for CO150 classes due to budget restraints. As a result, CO150 instructors will be responsible for teaching their own library instruction days. Adam Mackie and Matt Truslow will hold a workshop titled Professional Development in CO150 Library Instruction on April 15 and April 16 from 4:30-5:30 pm at the Morgan Library in Computer Classroom 174. This “train the trainer” workshop will be an interactive exploration and demonstration of the resources and materials available for library instruction day. Instructors will be guided and engaged in a sample lesson and have the opportunity to discuss concerns related to facilitating their own CO150 library instructions.


-Become familiar with the resources and materials to teach the library instruction day.

-Observe and engage with a sample library instruction lesson plan.

-Learn how to construct a library session that caters specifically to CO150, your class’ research assignment, and your students’ needs.


Dates: Monday, April 15 and Tuesday, April 16 

Time: 4:30 – 5:30 pm

Where: Morgan Library, Computer Classroom 174

Incentives: An activity-oriented lesson plan for library instruction of CO150 and a guided, standalone document filled with useful library-related resources.



Upper Division Composition Workshops

Two more upper division composition workshops will be offered after Spring Break. Both count toward the UD composition professional development certificate. Each workshop will be offered at two times.

Face-to-Face Assessment: This Time It’s Personal
Tuesday, March 26, 4-5 p.m. or Wednesday, March 27, 4-5 p.m., Whitaker Conference Room

Knowing that the best assessment practices in composition courses include formative evaluation and robust, thoughtful response to student writing—not just “grading papers”—instructors are always looking for ways to make the process of evaluating students’ work matter. Some of us have added face-to-face assessment or “grading conferences” to our repertoire. Join Laura Thomas, Jeana Burton and Sharon Grindle for a conversation about our experiences with this promising method. Although we will focus on upper division courses, instructors who teach composition at any level are encouraged to attend.

Blogged Down?
Tuesday, April 9 or Wednesday April 10, 4-5 p.m. Whitaker Conference Room.

It has been a couple of years since we had a seminar about blogging in CO300.  Since then, a number of instructors have begun using blogs in various ways.  This workshop led by Beth Lechleitner will give you an opportunity to catch up on how blogs are being used by CO300 instructors, share how you are using them (if you are), ask questions if you are thinking about integrating them with your course, and share best practices (and perhaps a few cautionary tales). The workshop is open to current CO300 instructors and those interested in teaching the course.

Publication and Workshops: Todd Mitchell

Todd Mitchell recently visited Fort Morgan to run literacy, writing, and creativity workshops with high school students and teachers as part of the Blue Horizon’s Young Author’s Initiative. He also ran a graphic text writing workshop at the Main Library with the Fort Collins IRS (Interesting Readers Society).

A Flight of Angels, the graphic novel that Todd Mitchell was a writer for (along with Holly Black, Bill Willingham, and others), is now being released in paperback through VERTIGO (available December 4th).