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  • Seminar
  • Online: Zoom
  • Advanced

Session for Grub Instructors - Intercultural Understanding in the Writing Workshop: Teaching Writing Across Differences

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  • $0.00 Non-Member
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Class Description

Please note: This session is open to GrubStreet instructors only. This session will also be recorded.

This professional development workshop series, led by Marika Preziuso PhD, will focus on the core aspects and practices of Intercultural Understanding, a pedagogy that Preziuso designed in 2018 to be adapted to writing genres and teaching modalities. Intercultural Understanding (IU) is an orientation to teaching that is centered on the value of difference. The purpose of IU is to create a culture that honors the complexities, specificity, and dignity of every participant in the workshop; a culture that capitalizes on the differences in identities, craft traditions, personal and learning needs, and expectations that live in every workshop, in the interest of deep transformative learning for all writers.

  • In this first session, we will break down IU by naming the value of “difference” and how it always already shows up in our workshop.
  • We will interrogate how our social identities and experiences inform our teaching and our workshops.
  • We will hone our facilitation skills: How to harness the various degrees of authority, power, and agency in the classroom: creating and sustaining community through cultural expectations, shared values and sharing responsibility and delivering on them, scaffolding challenging discussions with courage, engaging historically underrepresented voices and perspectives (who is speaking? Who should be speaking?), and intervening assertively to restore trust; “Calling out” vs. “calling in” (a term borrowed from nonviolent communication).
Scholarships Format/Location

Thanks to the excellent literary citizenship of our donors, scholarships are available for all GrubStreet classes. To apply, click the gray "APPLY FOR SCHOLARSHIP" button. In order to be considered for a scholarship, you must complete your application at least one week before the start date of a class. Please await our scholarship committee's decision before registering for the class. We cannot hold spots in classes, so the sooner you apply, the better. Scholarships cannot be applied retroactively.

For more detailed information about GrubStreet scholarships, including how to contribute to scholarship funds for other students, click here.

This class will take place using Zoom videoconferencing. Please visit the Resources tab to access the video-conference link.

Zoom Participation:

Students are not required to turn their camera on, but are encouraged to participate any way they feel comfortable through functions such as the live chat, emoji reactions, and unmuting the microphone. Learn more about using Zoom here.

Zoom Accessibility:

We ask that instructors enable closed captioning and send a transcript of the session after class. You can also enable closed captioning at any time during the meeting. If your instructor forgets to send the transcript, just send ’em an email!