Workshops and Presentations
Bruce Ballenger leads workshops on teaching writing, inquiry, and creative nonfiction at universities and colleges across the nation. Many of these institutions use one or more of his textbooks. Participants in these sessions can find resources here related to workshop exercises and presentations.
Inquiry and Writing: Workshop Handout
The current handout for a full-day workshop on teaching inquiry in a writing classroom focused on research.
Harper's index Data Packs
Facts from Harper's Index organized for printing on a business card template. Twelve per page.
PowerPoint Presentations and Webinars
The slides used at the most recent workshops. Feel free to use these in your own classes.
The Gestalt of Revision
A March, 2016, webinar that was part of the Learning Makes Us series. Can we help students visualize their writing and then revise from the whole to the parts? Includes some preliminary findings from ongoing research on how advanced student writers revise.
The Power of Narrative Thinking
A video of a 2015 webinar on narrative reasoning and why it should be emphasized in writing courses. Presented as part of Pearson's Pedagogy and Practice Featured Speaker Series on Feb. 19, 2015.
Grand Rapids Community College
A workshop on September 5, 2012. Slides include summary of insights from the "Myth of the Boring Topic," a list of types of inquiry questions, and a graphic on the difference between "open" and "direct" writing and the implications for teaching writing in an inquiry-based classroom.
Portland State University
March 2012 talk on the history of the college research paper. Slides illustrate some of the implications of how prior knowledge about a topic influences abilities of students to write about. Copy of the talk is on the "Research" page.
Oregon Rhetoric and Composition Conference
Keynote from the March, 2012 conference at Western Oregon University. Slides cover presentation on incorporating sound projects in the writing classroom.
Pearson Headwinds Webinar
This 2012 talk online focused on teaching creative nonfiction, and in particular the resistance to reflection instructors often confront when teaching the personal essay. Slides describe the nature of this resistance, some its causes, and pedagogical implications.
Portland State University
The slides from a half-day workshop in March 2012 at PSU. Focus on the session was on "Writing and Inquiry"
University of Florida
Slides with keynote address on "Thesis Tyranny," presented on Feb. 2, 2013, at Classroom Matters, a conference on writing pedagogy.
Arizona Western College
Slides on writing and inquiry presented to the faculty at AWC in April, 2013.