Writing Workshops

Writing Workshops

Essay Essentials / Starting Strategies / Documentation Do's and Don'ts

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NOTE: All workshops begin on the hour. No late entry is permitted.

Essay Essentials 1: Reasoning Essays / Thesis Statements: During this workshop, you will learn how to craft thesis statements and construct reasoned arguments.

  • Monday, August 31 (1:00 - 2:00 pm)
  • Tuesday, September 1 (10:00 - 11:00 am)
  • Thursday, September 3 ((12:00 - 1:00 pm)
  • Tueday, October 20 (10:00 - 11:00 am)
  • Thursday, October 22 (12:00 - 1:00 pm)
  • Monday, October 26 (1:00 - 2:00 pm)

Essay Essentials 2: Organizing Essays: Deepening your understanding of thesis statements, you will learn how these can be further refined to forecast the most important points of -- and then outline the structure of -- your argument.

  • Tuesday, September 8 (10:00 - 11:00 am)
  • Thursday, September 10 (12:00 - 1:00 pm)
  • Monday, September 14 (1:00 - 2:00 pm)
  • Tuesday, October 27 (10:00 - 11:00 am)
  • Thursday, October 29 (12:00 - 1:00 pm)
  • Monday, November 2 (1:00 - 2:00 pm)

Essay Essentials 3: Unifying Essays: Building on the foundation of a strong thesis statement, you will learn to increase the coherence of your essay by writing unified paragraphs with topic sentences and supporting sentences that develop your central concepts.

  • Tuesday, September 15 (10:00 - 11:00 am )
  • Thursday, September 17 (12:00 - 1:00 pm)
  • Monday, September 21 (1:00 - 2:00 pm)
  • Tuesday, November 3 (10:00 - 11:00 am)
  • Thursday, November 5 (12:00 - 1:00 pm)
  • Monday, November 9 (1:00 - 2:00 pm)

Essay Essentials 4: Introducing and Concluding Essays: After mastering the thesis statement and developing it with unified body paragraphs, you will learn strategies for creating effective introductions and conclusions to frame them.

  • Tuesday, September 22 (10:00 - 11:00 am)
  • Thursday, September 24 (12:00 - 1:00 pm)
  • Monday, September 28 (1:00 - 2:00 pm)
  • Tuesday, November 10 (10:00 - 11:00 am)
  • Thursday, November 12 (12:00 - 1:00 pm)
  • Monday, November 16 (1:00 - 2:00 pm)

Essay Essentials 5: Transitioning in Essays: Now that you've learned how to introduce and conclude essays comprised of unified body paragraphs, you will develop your ability to craft transition sentences that seamlessly move your readers from paragraph to paragraph in your essay.

  • Tuesday, September 29 (10:00 - 11:00 am)
  • Thursday, October 1 (12:00 - 1:00 pm)
  • Monday, October 5 (1:00 - 2:00 pm)
  • Tuesday, November 17 (10:00 - 11:00 am)
  • Thursday, November 19 (12:00 - 1:00 pm)
  • Monday, November 23 (1:00 - 2:00 pm)

Essay Essentials 6: Revising, Editing, and Proofreading Essays: Now that you've developed strategies for putting together the rough draft of your essay, you will learn the differences between -- as well as how to prioritize -- these three separate processes for polishing it.

  • Tuesday, October 6 (10:00 - 11:00 am)
  • Thursday, October 8 (12:00 - 1:00 pm)
  • Monday, October 12 (1:00 - 2:00 pm)
  • Tuesday, November 24 (10:00 - 11:00 am)
  • Monday, November 30 (1:00 - 2:00 pm)
  • Thursday, December 3 (12:00 - 1:00 pm)
  • Tuesday, December 8 (10:00 - 11:00 pm)

In-Class Essay Essentials: In this intensive workshop, you will learn strategies for improving your performance on in-class essays, including how to transform a prompt into the thesis statement for a reasoned argument and then refine that to forecast and organize your most important points.

  • Tuesday, October 13 (10:00 - 11:00 am)
  • Thursday, October 15 (12:00 - 1:00 pm)
  • Monday, October 19 (1:00 - 2:00 pm)
  • Tuesday, December 1 (10:00 - 11:00 am)
  • Monday, December 7 (1:00 - 2:00 pm)
  • Thursday, December 10 (12:00 - 1:00 pm)

Starting Strategies 1: Reading the Prompt: In this workshop about the essential first step in the writing process, you will learn how to analyze your instructors' prompts to identify the tasks you are expected to perform and the topics you are expected to cover in an assignment.

  • Wednesday, September 2 (12:00 - 1:00 pm)
  • Thursday, September 3 (4:00 - 5:00 pm)
  • Thursday, November 5 (4:00 - 5:00 pm)

Starting Strategies 2: Recognizing, and Writing with, Audience and Purpose in Mind: In an activity that does not address essays alone, you will learn how developing an understanding of who you arewriting for, and why you are writing for them, can help you identify the appropriate diction, tone, and level of formality to employ.

  • Wednesday, September 9 (12:00 - 1:00 pm)
  • Thursday, September 10 (4:00 - 5:00 pm)
  • Wednesday, November 4 (12:00 - 1:00 pm)

Starting Strategies 3: Selecting Prewriting Techniques: You will learn multiple techniques for generating and organizing ideas for your essays.

  • Wednesday, Sptember 16 (12:00 - 1:00 pm)
  • Thursday, September 17 (4:00 - 5:00 pm)
  • Wednesday, November 18 (12:00 - 1:00 pm)

Starting Strategies 4: Understanding the Writing Process:In this comprehensive activity, you will learn not only how to explore alternatives to the traditional linear approach to the composition process, but also how to separate the creative and critical aspects of that process in order to avoid writer's block.

  • Wednesday, September 23 (12:00 - 1:00 pm)
  • Thursday, September 24 (4:00 - 5:00 pm)
  • Thursday, December 12 (4:00 - 5:00 pm)

Documentation Dos and Don'ts: Using Sources I -- Summarizing: In this activity, you will work to develop the critical reading, thinking, and writing techniques needed to effectively and efficiently summarize scholarly sources.

  • Wednesday, October 14 (12:00 - 1:00 pm)
  • Thursday, October 15 (4:00 - 5:00 pm)
  • Thursday, November 19 (4:00 - 5:00 pm)
  • Wednesday, November 25 (12:00 - 1:00 pm)

Documentation Dos and Don'ts: Using Sources II -- Paraphrasing and Quoting: In addition to learning how to paraphrase and quote the words of others, you will discuss which of these two techniques is most appropriate in common academic writing tasks.

  • Wednesday, October 21 (12:00 - 1:00 pm)
  • Thursday, October 22 (4:00 - 5:00 pm)
  • Wednesday, December 2 (12:00 - 1:00 pm)
  • Thursday, December 3 (4:00 - 5:00 pm)

Documentation Dos and Don'ts: Using MLA Documentation and Formatting: You will learn the basics of Modern Language Association (MLA) style.

  • Wednesday, October 28 (12:00 - 1:00 pm)
  • Thursday, October 29 (4:00 - 5:00 pm)
  • Wednesday, December 9 (12:00 - 1:00 pm)
  • Thursday, December 19 (4:00 - 5:00 pm)

Documentation Dos and Don'ts: Using APA Documentation and Formatting: You will learn the basics of American Psychological Association (APA) style.

  • None scheduled at this time