Backwards by Design Working Retreat

WIS sponsors an annual, multi-day writing instruction workshops event near the beginning of each academic year for faculty who teach with writing. This opportunity offers faculty a chance to gain ideas and new practices on teaching and assessing writing, as well as a chance to work on their own course materials in the company of their colleagues from across campus. 

This three-day retreat is usually held at Western's Shannon Point Marine Center nestles in the woods and near the water in Anacortes. All expenses for travel, lodging, food, and materials are covered. An additional stipend is available to participants who submit a brief follow-up survey identifying what specific ideas/practices they gained from the retreat followed by a brief write-up within the current academic year. 

Visit the WIS events page for a summary of the event details or contact


2014-2015 Mini-Assessments

James Fortney (Communication Studies) 

Catherine Riordan (Psychology)

Cat Armstrong Soule (Finance & Marketing)


2013-2014 Mini-Assessments

Sean Dwyer (Modern & Classical Languages)

Jasmine Goodnow (Physical Education, Health, and Recreation)

Matthew Holtmeier (English)

Michelle Saint (Philosophy)

Peter Smith (Western Libaries)


2012-2013 Mini-Assessments

Sean Dwyer (Modern & Classical Languages)

Linda Keeler (Physical Education, Health, and Recreation)

Kristina Luce (Art)

Helen Morgan Parmett (Communicaton Studies)

Michelle Saint (Philosophy)

Consultation Times

Carmen Werder, WIS Director, is available for individual, small group or departmental consultations on any topic related to writing instruction and assessment as well as to consult on expectations for Writing Proficiency courses. 

To set up an appointment contact Carmen at (360) 650-7329 or at