Slow Writing: Developing Writing Skills with a Vintage Typewriter

Course Number: EDU 5515 C44
Instructor: David Wells
Location: In-person at Central Vermont Medical Center, Berlin, VT and online
Dates and Times: April 1 & May 6, on-site workshops, 9 am - 3 pm, online work between April 4 and May 5
Credits: 3 credits
Tuition: $900

Note: Please register online. Purchase order or course payment of $900, payable to RRWIB, is due at the time of registration. Please mail check or purchase order to Castleton Center for Schools, PO Box 6049, Rutland, VT 05701. If you wish to pay by credit card, please call the Center for Schools at (802) 770-7060. Thank you.

Course Description

We have all had the experience of watching students write and erase only to write and erase again. Truth be told, many teachers have done this with their own writing. Participants in this course will learn and utilize cutting edge teaching strategies to develop their own personal writing skills. In a purposeful twist, participants in this course will be loaned a vintage typewriter to use as a tool for improving their writing skills. Why a typewriter? Typewriters force one to slow down and savor the permanence of the words on the page. Typewriters forced us to think more carefully about what is being written, and this is exactly what we want to teach to our students.

Course Objectives

As a result of active participation in this course students will:
● Develop their own writing skills through a number of writing assignments and class discussions.
● Learn teaching techniques that help students develop writing skills in the classroom.
● Become better able to model the writing process in their own classrooms.
● Have an opportunity to slow down and take time to appreciate writing with a vintage typewriter.

Required Texts

Required texts are not included in the course tuition.

Serravallo, J. The Writing Strategies Book (2017). Heinemann
Polt, R. The Typewriter Revolution (2016). The Countryman Press

For additional course information

David Wells
(802) 661-4049

For additional registration information

Bethany Sprague
(802) 770-7060

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