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Writing Workshops

Each semester, the Writing Center offers a series of workshops that are focused on specific writing topics. Some are designed with the interests of first-year students in mind while others are likely to appeal to more advanced students. The workshops are open to all, and no reservation is necessary. Just drop by at the time and location listed below.

Writing Center Workshops for Fall 2013

Wednesday, September 11, 4:30-5:20 ~~ Goldstein 207

Understanding College Writing Assignments: How to Find a Purpose and Get Started

At first glance, the writing assignments you receive in your classes might bring to mind a flurry of questions: “Where should I start?” “Which approach is best?” “What does my professor really want?” In this workshop, we’ll talk about the kinds of language you’ll often encounter in writing assignments, and we’ll explore some ways of getting started that minimize frustration – and procrastination.

Wednesday, October 2, 4:30-5:20 ~~ Goldstein 207

What’s Your Thesis: Making a Point that Matters

During this session, we’ll talk about the characteristics of effective thesis statements, and we’ll look at a few examples to determine why some hit the mark and some miss. In the process, you’ll gain a better understanding of the connection between a thesis and the argument a writer wants to support, and you’ll leave with strategies that you can apply to your own work.

Wednesday, October 23, 4:30-5:20 ~~ Goldstein 207

Writing From Experience: Strategies for Crafting an Effective Personal Statement

Are you applying to graduate school, an internship, or other scholarship opportunity? Odds are you’ll need to write a personal statement for the application. Writing about yourself might seem easy at first, but distinguishing yourself from other applicants is the real challenge. This workshop will introduce you to the conventions of the personal statement and will help you feel confident as you pursue the difficult task of creating a brief but compelling essay about your goals and aspirations.

Wednesday, November 13, 4:30-5:20 ~~ Goldstein 207

Putting All the Pieces Together: Understanding Punctuation

“Let’s eat Grandma” vs. “Let’s eat, Grandma.”  Forgetting the comma can result in cannibalism!  In addition to using commas to eliminate direct object confusion, we’ll discuss other comma rules, as well as what to do with dashes and semicolons.  It’s easy to overlook things like punctuation and the mechanics of writing when you’re in the middle of drafting a paper, but as any professor will tell you, those small details are an important part of getting your point across to the reader.  During this workshop, we’ll explore some ways that punctuation can help you construct more effective sentences in your own writing.