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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

Tuesday, February 19 | 12:30 - 1:15 p.m. | Basil 200

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 writers make. Participants in this workshop are encouraged to bring examples of their own work; however, sample sentences will be provided.

Offered by the Writing Center

Choosing the Right Verb Tense

Tuesday, February 26 | 12:30 - 1:15 p.m. | Basil 200

You've probably been taught to avoid passive voice. Well, did you know that passive voice might be the right choice for the method section of your science paper? Do you want to know what verb tense is appropriate for a literature review? In what sections of your paper should you use present tense? For answers to these and other verb-related questions, come to this workshop.

Offered by the Writing Center

Revision and Editing

Monday, March 11 | 5 - 5:45 p.m. | Basil 200

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.

Offered by the Writing Center

Honoring the Original – Plagiarism v. Citation

Tuesday, March 12 | 12:30 - 1:15 p.m. | Basil 200

As noted in the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (APA, 2010), "Authors do not present the work of another as if it were their own work" (p. 16). Because scholarship builds on the work of other experts, researchers need to know established guidelines for fairly crediting sources. This workshop will focus on understanding these guidelines as well as on identifying the appropriate level of citation.

Offered by the Writing Center

Cite This!

Thursday, March 14 | 12:30 - 1:15 p.m. | Library 100

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!

Offered by Lavery Library

Study Skills for the Final Stretch

Tuesday, April 9 | 12:30 - 1:15 p.m. | Basil 200

Overwhelmed by the end of the semester rush to the finish line? This workshop will help you plan your work and work your plan. Participants will learn ways to make the most of time available, develop strategies to calm and focus the mind, and increase memory by taking notes while studying.

Offered by the Writing Center