This semester’s workshops are free to all students, staff and faculty who wish to improve their writing skills. No registration is required.
Distance students: Attend workshops live or view recordings by logging into the Online Writing Center in D2L and, under Communications, selectCollaborate Ultra. For live workshops (Central Standard Time), on the Sessions screen, select your workshop. For recordings, select the Menu on the top left, followed by Recordings. Use the Filter feature to find recordings.
Lab Reports: Telling Your Story
Wednesday, Jan. 10
Presenter: Jeff Wesner, Assistant Professor, Department of Biology
You will write lots of lab reports in your academic career. Why? Lab reports are a form of scientific communication that all scientists use. In this workshop, you’ll learn the dos and don’ts of lab reports. Most importantly, you’ll learn how to use your lab report to tell the story of your scientific discovery.
Short Fiction: Close Reading and Thesis Generation
Wednesday, Jan. 17
Presenter: Marcella Remund, Instructor, Department of English
In this workshop, you will learn steps in preparing to write about short stories, including close reading, highlighting, annotating and generating thesis ideas. Then we will read and analyze a very short story in order to practice these skills.
Note-Taking: Find the Method That Works Best For You:
Wednesday, Jan. 24
Presenters: Lauren Freese, Assistant Professor, Department of Art; Michelle Rogge Gannon, Writing Center Director, Department of English
You’re stuck in a rut with how you take notes, or - worse yet - you don’t take notes (and your instructors are wringing their hands). Learn why taking good notes matters to your success in class and experiment with various note-taking methods, applied to a fun mini-discussion of art.
Wednesday, Jan. 31
Presenter: Heather Love, Assistant Instructor, Department of English
This workshop introduces students to the conventions of MLA style citation and documentation. It covers different ways to use sources within the text of essays, including quoting, paraphrasing and using introductory tags for borrowed material. Guidelines for creating a works-cited list will also be presented. The workshop is primarily for students in humanities courses.
Wednesday, Feb. 7
Presenter: Kenneth Green, Instructor, Department of English
This workshop introduces students to the conventions of APA style citation and documentation. Topics addressed include why we use citation styles, what elements are common to citation styles and how to take advantage of the APA style. Students will leave the workshop with a basic understanding of the APA style format, as well as where to find additional online resources on APA.
Choosing and Using Textual Support
Wednesday, Feb. 14
Presenter: Prentiss Clark, Assistant Professor, Department of English
How do you choose textual evidence to support and develop your thesis? This hands-on workshop will introduce you to strategies for selecting examples (quotations) from academic articles and books. We will focus, in particular, on strategies for understanding and navigating scholarly sources. The goal is to equip you with techniques for choosing and effectively using the textual support that will strengthen your academic essays.
Writing Successful Essay Exams
Wednesday, Feb. 21
Presenter: Paul Formisano, Assistant Professor/Director of Writing, Department of English
This workshop prepares students for writing in-class essay exams. The workshop includes techniques for planning, quick drafting and proofreading.
Writing the LONG Paper
Wednesday, Feb. 28
Presenter: Benjamin Hagen, Assistant Professor, Department of English
Learn about the process for writing the long paper. Topics include:
The workshop is useful for anyone writing an Honors or graduate thesis, a research essay of 15 or more pages, or any other long writing project.
Writing About Poetry
Wednesday, March 14
Presenter: Lisa Ann Robertson, Assistant Professor, Department of English
Do you find poetry a bit of a mystery? This workshop sheds light on some of the literary terminology used to write about poetry and describes the process of writing an analysis of a poem. Students then apply the process of analysis to a poem.
Flash Fiction: Time, Shape and Narrative Modes
Wednesday, March 21
Presenter: Leah McCormack, Assistant Professor, Department of English
In this workshop, we will read examples of flash fiction and examine the ways in which time and narrative modes shape stories. At the end of the session, you will have the opportunity to write your own flash fiction, using observations and insights gained from the workshop to help guide you.
Wednesday, March 28
Presenter: Sara Lampert, Assistant Professor, Department of History
This workshop introduces students to the conventions of Chicago style citation and documentation. It covers two citation methods (footnote and end note) and the reference page. The workshop is for students in history, as well as other humanities and fine arts courses.
Understanding and Using Social Media
Wednesday, April 4
Presenter: Janet Davison, Lecturer, Department of Media and Journalism
Fake news websites, satirical sites, opinion/editorial pieces and outdated online articles have made it challenging for students to find reliable sources on the web for academic essays and projects. This interactive workshop, designed for students engaged in any form of academic research writing, concentrates on helping students to evaluate social media.
Writing Your Way to a Winning Resume and Cover Letter
Wednesday, April 11
Presenter: Heather Johnson, Assistant Director, Academic Career and Planning Center
This workshop provides practical tips and strategies for creating effective résumés and cover letters. Bring your questions.
Usable Writing: From Seminar Paper to Conference Presentation, Writing Sample and Thesis/Dissertation Chapter
Wednesday, April 18
Presenter: Prentiss Clark, Assistant Director, Department of English
How does one transform a seminar paper into an engaging conference presentation, an effective writing sample (for a job, fellowship or Ph.D. program application) or a rigorous thesis/dissertation chapter? This workshop focuses on successfully and efficiently turning a seminar paper into these three very different forms of writing. We will discuss the significant genre differences and expectations as well as strategies for various kinds of required revision. This workshop welcomes graduate students from all disciplines and will be of particular interest to students in the English department.
Wednesday, April 25
Are you working on an essay, a report or another kind of writing project? Get helpful feedback from a writing consultant. You can also write and revise on your own at a nearby table. We will have free beverages and snacks! Drop in anytime from 7 to 11 p.m.