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Workshops

Fall 2014

In Writing Center workshops we tackle common writing challenges together. We learn about the topic, practice applying it, and exchange questions and answers.

Peer Review Workshops
Are you a student wanting to improve your peer review skills or an instructor interested in helping your students build these skills? To book a 50-minute classroom workshop for training in how to provide useful feedback without being experts, email the Writing Center. Check out our peer review handout and slide show.

Weekly Workshops In the Writing Center


Description: Using Specific Details
Tues. 9/30, 1:30-2:20; Wed. 10/1, 10:00-10:50; Thurs. 10/2, 4:00-4:50
Are your descriptions as dull as a rusty kitchen knife? Is your writing sinking because you don’t know what to write to keep it afloat? Learn how to spice up your sentences and make your writing more vivid.

Dialogue: Using Conversations in Your Writing
Tues. 10/7, 1:30-2:20; Wed 10/8, 10:00-10:50; Thurs 10/9, 4:00-4:50
Learn how to write more convincing dialogue while also learning where to put punctuation, where to break paragraphs, and how to incorporate the dialogue smoothly.

The Writing Process Workshop
Tues. 10/14, 1:30-2:20; Wed. 10/15, 10:00-10:50; Thurs. 10/16, 4:00-4:50
This workshop will walk through a variety of steps that are all a part of the writing process with recommendations for various ways to help you find and develop your own way to write effectively.

Part 1: What Makes a Sentence Work
Tues. 10/21, 1:30-2:20; Wed. 10/22, 10:00-10:50; Thurs. 10/23, 4:00-4:50
Join us to discuss the building blocks fo the sentence. Learn to identify the major parts of speech and their roles in the sentence. Understand and build three different types of sentences: simple, compound, and complex.

Part 2: What Makes a Sentence Work
Tues. 10/28, 1:30-2:20; Wed. 10/29, 10:00-10:50; Thurs. 10/30, 4:00-4:50
Further work on sentence structure and punctuation, especially the wily comma. Learn about where, when, and how to use this fun and exciting punctuation mark!

Part 1: Using Sources--Summarizing and Paraphrasing
Tues. 11/5, 1:30-2:20; Wed. 11/6, 10:00-10:50
Using someone else’s ideas and information along with your own? Learn to use your sources effectively and when, why, and how to document them.

Part 2: Using Sources--Quoting & Citing Your Sources
Tues. 11/11, 1:30-2:20; Wed. 11/12, 10:00-10:50; Thurs. 11/13, 4:00-4:50
Let’s continue discussing sources, this time with a focus on how to use quotes and how to avoid plagiarism by crediting your sources.

Common Errors
Tues. 11/18, 1:30-2:20; Wed. 11/19, 10:00-10:50; Thurs. 11/20, 4:00-4:50 Learn to find and fix common editing errors such as subject-verb agreement, tense shift, fragments, run-ons, and comma splices.

Self-Assessment & Writing Portfolio Cover Letters
Tues. 11/25, 1:30-2:20; Wed. 11/26, 10:00-10:50
This workshop, geared for Writing 101 and 91/98, will help you to assess your own writing and write a strong portfolio cover-letter. To get the most out of this workshop, bring drafts of your final portfolio.

Other Tricky Punctuation Issues
Tues. 12/2, 1:30-2:20; Wed. 12/3, 10:00-10:50; Thurs. 12/4 4:00-4:50
Join us as we iron out some tricky punctuation issues. This week we will work with semicolons, colons, dashes, apostrophes, and hyphens.