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Writing Workshops

The Writing Center offers a number of workshops each semester on topics including grammar and punctuation, revision and editing, incorporating source material, and more.

For dates and times of workshops happening this semester, visit the campus calendar.

Workshop Descriptions

Coping with Grammar

Confused by commas? Wracking your brains over run-ons? Fatigued by fragments? This workshop is designed to take the mystery out of some of the most common sentence-level errors that students make. Participants in this workshop are encouraged to bring examples of their own work; however, sample sentences will be provided.

Revision and Editing

Few writers get it right the first time. Writing is thinking, and that means that as we write, our ideas develop and sometimes change entirely. Revision means adding, removing, and rearranging paragraphs and ideas, whereas editing involves relatively minor changes. In this workshop we will discuss and practice strategies for both.

Cite This!

This workshop is based on the principles of plagiarism in relation to academic honesty and intellectual property. Who owns it, and can I use it? Students will come to understand these principles by participating in a fun activity, creating a piece of intellectual property, and ultimately creating a citation for it!

Generating Ideas and Thesis Statements

Do you ever find yourself staring at the computer screen, thinking about all the research you've done and all the notes you took, but not having the first idea about how to start the paper? Many writers, even professionals, face writer's block at one time or another. In this workshop we'll discuss easy ways to generate and organize ideas. We will also review the components of an effective thesis statement, and you'll create at least one of your own. Participants should feel free to bring papers which they are currently drafting.

Choosing Scholarly Sources

All information is not created equal. During the publishing cycle, scholarly information goes through intense scrutiny. Understanding the ins and outs of scholarly publishing allows the researcher to select appropriate material that is peer reviewed, or refereed. In this workshop, you'll learn what constitutes scholarliness and how to find scholarly sources.

Developing and Structuring Arguments

There is more to an argument than just stating an opinion: once you make a claim, you've got to support it. While every argument is different, there are some basic elements of argumentation that writers can use to compose persuasive discourse. Participants in this workshop will generate claims and reasons to support them. We'll also consider the importance of counter arguments and see how they can be used to strengthen our own claims.

Writing for the Social Sciences

This workshop will review the elements of an APA style paper. Topics will include abstracts, literature reviews, heading levels, APA writing style, manuscript structure and content, differences between an abstract and a lit review, and integration of source material.

Trash or Treasure? Evaluating Websites

If you use the Internet, you can always use help deciding if a site is quality or not. After all, anyone can put anything on the Internet, so it's reader beware! Come and hear about a 5-item checklist that can help you separate the good from the bad and the ugly.

Incorporating Source Material into Your Paper

In this workshop we'll discuss techniques for introducing and blending source material into your essays as well as techniques that prevent us from plagiarizing the work of others.

Summarizing and Annotating Scholarship

This workshop will guide you through summarizing, annotating, and comprehending scholarly sources so that you can successfully incorporate them into your papers. RW 199 students are especially encouraged to attend this workshop.