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Workshops

Below is a list of upcoming Writing Center workshops. All workshops will be held from 5-6 p.m. in Ross 0275.

Writing and Researching Longer papers

Monday, January 29 

You've mastered the art of the five-paragraph essay, with all its tricks and nuances. But what happens when you are faced with a 10-page, 15-page, or longer paper? Can you apply the same strategies, or does a longer paper need a completely new approach? Join us for a crash course on writing the long essay. Tutors will share what they have found helpful with regard to not only expanding papers, but doing so in a meaningful and non-stressful way.

Writing Cover Letters and Personal Statements for Graduate School

Monday, February 19

Are you planning to apply to grad school?  Are you looking for ways to tell your prospective program that you like like it?  Are you struggling to articulate reasons as to why said program should like you? First impressions are always daunting, but we’d like to help you through this frightening time in your life. If you are worried as to how to write a cover letter or personal statement, this workshop will help prepare you for the tricky process of making yourself stand out in a field of highly qualified applicants. Our workshop will aid in preparing you to make the best first impression possible.

Integrating and Synthesizing Sources

Monday, February 26

Utilizing outside source material is a necessary task for nearly any writing you’re assigned. It can be tricky to determine when and how to integrate another scholar’s work, particularly while aiming to maintain your own voice. This workshop is intended to guide you through the process of source integration and synthesis, ensuring that your evidence works together to meaningfully support the purpose of your paper. If you’re wondering how to integrate source material (and what to do with it once you have), then this workshop is for you. 

APA and MLA Crash Course

Monday, March 5

Life would be so much simpler if there were only one citation style for every discipline—but it’s not and there isn’t. In this workshop, we will cover the basics of writing papers in APA and MLA. This will include both the technical formatting rules for the paper as well as information on how to properly cite your sources. This workshop is intended for students who are not yet familiar with either one of these styles and are looking for a “crash course.” If your professor requires APA or MLA for their research paper and you are not sure where to start, we’ve got you covered.

Proofreading and Editing

Monday, March 26

When you’ve already put eight straight hours into a paper, the thought of reading through it one more time is often furthest from your mind. As to not diminish the victory of the “finished paper” (and the pleasant endorphin rush that comes with it), you may be tempted to run a quick spell check and hit “Print.” This workshop is aimed at giving you the tools to get the most out of your final read through. We will discuss tips and tricks for catching those errors and typos that you may have missed on your first ten attempts. By developing these proofreading strategies, we hope to get you one step closer to the “perfect” paper you’ve always dreamed of.

Questions? Contact the Writing Center at 970-351-2056 or email the director.