In addition to our one-to-one work with students, we host small-group workshops in the Fall and Spring semesters. In these 90-minute sessions, a consultant teaches an essential academic writing skill, one you’ll be able to apply to assignments in virtually every discipline or department. Together, you and other motivated students will practice new strategies in an intimate classroom setting.
For faculty who would like to request an in-class workshop, please complete the request form available at at this link.
Fall 2016 Workshops
During the Fall semester, we offer the following 23 workshops in five skill clusters:
Reading and Interpretation
- Interpreting Assignments – Thursday, 9/8
- In this workshop, you’ll discuss the stated (and sometimes unstated) expectations of college writing, and you’ll practice how to read assignments so you can plan specific writing steps.
- Reading Strategically – Tuesday, 9/13
- In this workshop, you’ll learn how to read more efficiently by predicting what a text is about and developing targeted reading goals in response.
- Analyzing Texts – Thursday, 9/15
- In this workshop, you’ll learn how the best readers do it—by noticing details, observing patterns, and posing questions—and then you’ll apply these strategies to your own reading assignments.
Structuring an Argument
- Evidence, Analysis, and Claims – Tuesday, 9/20
- In this workshop, you’ll analyze and interpret evidence of all kinds—including graphs, statistics, and quotes from literature—in order to write claims.
- Comparing and Contrasting – Thursday, 9/22
- In this workshop, you’ll learn how to move beyond noticing similarities and differences between two texts to writing a strong thesis statement that emphasizes what’s most interesting or surprising about your comparisons and contrasts.
- Developing Thesis Statements – Tuesday, 9/27 and Tuesday, 11/29
- In this workshop, you’ll learn what makes a thesis work, what doesn’t, and how to write strong and complex thesis statements in your own essays.
- Controlling an Argument with Topic Sentences – Tuesday, 10/18
- In this workshop, you’ll learn how to write strong topic sentences that build on your thesis, connect paragraphs, and help structure your essay.
Writing with Sources
- Focusing Research Topics – Tuesday, 11/22
- In this workshop, you’ll work on narrowing a topic so that it’s researchable, and practice asking research questions that are interesting for you (and useful for your readers).
- Summarizing, Paraphrasing, and Quoting – Tuesday, 11/8
- In this workshop, you’ll learn how to choose between these three strategies to best support your writing goals, and how to incorporate the words and ideas of others into your writing.
- Using Sources Strategically – Thursday, 10/13
- In this workshop, you’ll learn how to make sources meet all your needs: not just to echo your own argument, but to develop it with background, examples, and counterarguments.
- Summarizing and Responding to Sources – Tuesday, 11/8
- In this workshop, you’ll examine how effective writers compile, summarize, and respond to the words and arguments of others, in order to do the same in your own writing.
- Understanding Plagiarism and Citation – Thursday, 11/3
- In this workshop, you’ll learn what plagiarism is, why and how it happens, and how to reference others’ work with accuracy, clarity, and confidence.
Revising and Process
- Brainstorming – Thursday, 10/20
- In this workshop, you’ll learn how to get ideas flowing, especially if you’re feeling stuck.
- Translanguaging – Thursday, 9/29
- In this workshop, you’ll learn how to take advantage of the resources of multiple languages as you brainstorm and generate content. We’ll help you practice negotiating meaning and developing ideas in English with fellow students.
- Drafting – Tuesday, 9/6
- In this workshop, you’ll learn how to get started (and keep going) in this important stage of the writing process, when writers record what they know and discover new ideas.
- Outlining – Thursday, 12/1
- In this workshop, you’ll learn techniques for structuring and ordering ideas, and how to use outlines not only for planning before writing, but also during and after drafting.
- Writing for Readers’ Needs – Tuesday, 11/1
- In this workshop, you’ll learn how to anticipate and respond to the needs and expectations of your audience—and why you should ignore those needs in the earliest stages of drafting.
- Peer Review – Thursday, 12/8
- In this workshop, you’ll learn techniques for reading and responding to someone else’s writing.
- Developing Revision Strategies – Tuesday, 11/15
- In this workshop, you’ll learn new specific techniques you can use over and over again to approach your writing with new eyes, and to achieve changes both big and small.
- Radical Revision – Thursday, 10/27
- In this workshop, you’ll learn how to read your own work with new eyes in order to transform it, make major revisions, and take risks with your writing.
- Sentence-Level Revision – Thursday, 11/10
- In this workshop, you’ll learn how to refine the language of your writing–whether for clarity, correctness, or style. We’ll teach you strategies to proofread, vary sentence structure, and experience writing as a reader might.
Business and Professional Writing
- Cover Letters – Tuesday, 10/25
- In this workshop, you’ll learn to closely read job ads to interpret the needs of an employer, and to write tailored cover letters (with polished, professional language) that demonstrate why you’re the best candidate for the job.
- Analyzing Case Studies – Thursday, 11/17
- In this workshop, you’ll learn the steps of reading and analyzing case studies, and practice these steps to develop and present recommendations in response to a dilemma.
Workshops take place on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 12:30-2. Click here to download a printable version of the Fall 2016 Workshop schedule.
Preparing for workshops
You’re welcome to attend any workshop at any time, space permitting. But you’ll definitely get more from your workshop experience if you bring materials related to a specific reading, research, or writing project, just as you would for a one-to-one session. Each workshop includes time for independent application of what you’re learning, as well as a chance to discuss your work with the consultant-facilitator.
You may register for as many workshops as you’d like on our online scheduler. Look for the drop-down menu in the middle of the scheduler’s main page, and select “Fall 16: Workshops.” You can then click to join the group appointments associated with each workshop date.
To best serve all students, we ask that you arrive on time, and cancel your appointment if you’re unable to make the day’s session.