Workshops

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 2017 Workshop Schedule

This semester, we will offer the following 23 workshops in five skill clusters. Check back soon for specific scheduling information!

Thursday, September 7

Interpreting Assignments

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.

Tuesday, September 12

Drafting

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.

Thursday, September 14

Reading Strategically

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.

Tuesday, September 19

Analyzing Texts

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.

Tuesday, September 26

Evidence, Analysis, and Claims

In this workshop, you’ll analyze and interpret evidence of all kinds—including graphs, statistics, and quotes from literature—in order to write claims.

Thursday, September 28

Comparing and Contrasting

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.

Tuesday, October 3

Translanguaging

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.

Thursday, October 5

Developing Thesis Statements

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.

Tuesday, October 10

Controlling an Argument with Topic Sentences

In this workshop, you’ll learn how to write strong topic sentences that build on your thesis, connect paragraphs, and help structure your essay.

Thursday, October 12

Using Sources Strategically

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.

Tuesday, October 17

Brainstorming

In this workshop, you’ll learn how to get ideas flowing, especially if you’re feeling stuck.

Thursday, October 19

Radical Revision

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.

Tuesday, October 24

Cover Letters

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.

Thursday, October 26

Understanding Plagiarism and Citation

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.

Tuesday, October 31

Summarizing, Paraphrasing, and Quoting

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.

Thursday, November 2

Writing for Readers’ Needs

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.

Tuesday, November 7

Analyzing Case Studies

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.

Thursday November 9

Sentence-Level Revision

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.

Tuesday, November 14

Developing Thesis Statements

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.

Thursday, November 16

Focusing Research Topics

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).

Tuesday, November 21

Summarizing and Responding to Sources

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.

Tuesday, November 28

Outlining

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.

Thursday, November 30

Controlling an Argument with Topic Sentences

In this workshop, you’ll learn how to write strong topic sentences that build on your thesis, connect paragraphs, and help structure your essay.

Tuesday, December 5

Comparing and Contrasting

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.

Thursday, December 7

Cover Letters

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.

Tuesday, December 12

Revision Session

The Writing Center’s directors will host a workshop on revision strategies for final papers. They’ll introduce a variety of strategies and be on hand to guide you as you apply them to your work.

 

 

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.

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