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Fall 2013

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. 10/1, 4:00-4:50; Wed. 10/2, 1:30-2:20; Thurs. 10/3, 10:00-10:50
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. 10/8, 4:00-4:50; Wed. 10/9, 1:30-2:20; Thurs. 10/10, 10:00-10:50
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.

Building Blocks: What Makes a Sentence Work
Tues. 10/15, 4:00-4:50; Wed. 10/16, 1:30-2:20; Thurs. 10/17, 10:00-10:50
Join us to discuss the building blocks of 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.

Common Errors
Tues. 10/22, 4:00-4:50; Wed. 10/23, 1:30-2:20; Thurs. 10/24, 10:00-10:50
Learn to find and fix common editing errors such as subject-verb agreement, tense shift, fragments, and run-on sentences.

The Wily Comma
Tues. 10/29, 4:00-4:50; Wed. 10/30, 1:30-2:20; Thurs. 10/31, 10:00-10:50
The comma—one little mark with a whole lot of uses. Learn about where, when, and how to use this fun and exciting punctuation mark!

Summarizing and Paraphrasing
Tues. 11/5, 4:00-4:50; Wed. 11/6, 1:30-2:20; Thurs. 11/7, 10:00-10:50
Using someone else’s ideas and information along with your own? We’ll work on when, why, and how to use your sources effectively.

Quoting & Citing Your Sources
Tues. 11/12, 4:00-4:50; Wed. 11/13, 1:30-2:20; Thurs. 11/14, 10:00-10:50
Let’s continue discussing sources, this time with a focus on how to use quotes and how to avoid plagiarism by crediting your sources properly. It is not as overwhelming as it sometimes seems.

Self-Assessment & Writing Portfolio Cover Letters
Tues. 11/19, 4:00-4:50; Wed. 11/20, 1:30-2:20; Thurs. 5/30, 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. 12/3, 4:00-4:50; Wed. 12/4, 1:30-2:20; Thurs. 12/5 10:00-10:50
Join us as we iron out some tricky punctuation issues. This week we will work with semicolons, colons, dashes, apostrophes, and hyphens.