Integrating well designed writing assignments into undergraduate courses can increase students’ engagement and promote critical thinking. Yet, many instructors shy away from including these assignments because of the extra workload required to mark them. During this workshop, we will discuss guidelines for designing short written assignments that make students think more and write less. We will provide examples from McGill professors in fields as diverse as Science, Arts, Music, Law and Engineering to illustrate the range of possibilities. Please bring your course syllabus as you will have the opportunity to work on an assignment for one of your courses.