Workshops

In addition to our one-to-one sessions, we host small-group workshops in the Fall and Spring semesters. In these 90-minute sessions, a consultant teaches an essential academic or professional writing skill. 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.

This semester, we will offer the following 21 workshops in five skill clusters:

Reading and Interpretation

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.

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.

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.

Analyzing Images

In this workshop, you’ll practice “reading” images—by observing features like line, color, and composition—in order to develop claims about how those images make meaning.

 

Structuring an Argument

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.

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.

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.

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.

 

Writing with Sources

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.

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.

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.

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.

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).

 

Business and Professional Writing

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.

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.

 

Revising and Process

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.

Brainstorming

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

Revising for Structure and Argument

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

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.

 

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 schedule. Look for the drop-down menu in the middle of the schedule’s main page, and select “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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