Writing Workshops

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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.

  • Tuesday, September 9  (2:00-3:00)
  • Thursday, September 11 (11:00-12:00)
  • Thursday, October 16 (3:00-4:00)
  • Tuesday, October 21 (2:00-3:00)
  • Thursday, October 23 (11:00-12:00)
  • Thursday, December 4 (3:00-4:00)

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.

  • Thursday, September 11 (3:00-4:00)
  • Tuesday, September 16 (2:00-3:00)
  • Thursday, September 18 (11:00-12:00)
  • Thursday, October 23 (3:00-4:00)
  • Tuesday, October 28 (2:00-3:00)
  • Thursday, October 30 (11:00-12:00)

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.

  • Thursday, September 18 (3:00-4:00)
  • Tuesday, September 23 (2:00-3:00)
  • Thursday, September 25 (11:00-12:00)
  • Thursday, October 30 (3:00-4:00)
  • Tuesday, November 4 (2:00-3:00)
  • Thursday, November 6 (11:00-12:00)
  • Thursday, December 11 (11:00-12:00)

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.

  • Thursday, September 25 (3:00-4:00)
  • Tuesday, September 30 (2:00-3:00)
  • Thursday, October 2 (11:00-12:00)
  • Thursday, November 6 (3:00-4:00) - CANCELLED
  • Thursday, November 13 (11:00-12:00)
  • Tuesday, November 18  (2:00-3:00)
  • Tuesday, December 9 (2:00-3:00)

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.

  • Thursday, October 2 (3:00-4:00)
  • Tuesday, October 7 (2:00-3:00)
  • Thursday, October 9 (11:00-12:00)
  • Thursday, November 13 (3:00-4:00)
  • Thursday, November 20 (11:00-12:00)
  • Tuesday, November 25 (2:00-3:00)

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.

  • Thursday, October 9 (3:00-4:00)
  • Tuesday, October 14 (2:00-3:00)
  • Thursday, October 16 (11:00-12:00)
  • Thursday, November 20 (3:00-4:00)
  • Tuesday, December 2 (2:00-3:00)
  • Thursday, December 4 (11:00-12:00)
  • Thursday, December 11 (3:00-4:00)

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, September 9 (6:00-7:00)
  • Tuesday, September 16 (6:00-7:00)
  • Monday, September 22 (12:00-1:00)
  • Tuesday, September 23 (3:00-4:00)
  • Tuesday, October 14 (6:00-7:00)
  • Monday, November 17 (12:00-1:00)
  • Tuesday, December 2 (6:00-7:00)
  • Monday, December 8 (12:00-1:00)

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 10 (3:00-4:00)
  • Monday, October 20 (12:00-1:00)
  • Tuesday, October 21 (3:00-4:00)
  • Wednesday, October 22 (3:00-4:00)

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 17 (3:00-4:00)
  • Tuesday, September 23 (6:00-7:00)
  • Monday, October 27 (12:00-1:00)
  • Tuesday, October 28 (3:00-4:00)
  • Wednesday, October 29 (3:00-4:00)

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

  • Wednesday, September 24 (3:00-4:00)
  • Tuesday, September 30 (6:00-7:00)
  • Monday, November 3 (12:00-1:00)
  • Wednesday, November 5 (3:00-4:00)

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, October 1 (3:00-4:00)
  • Tuesday, October 7 (6:00-7:00)
  • Wednesday, October 8 (3:00-4:00)
  • Monday, November 10 (12:00-1:00)

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.

  • Monday, September 29 (12:00-1:00)
  • Tuesday, September 30 (3:00-4:00)
  • Tuesday, October 21 (6:00-7:00)
  • Tuesday, November 4 (3:00-4:00)
  • Wednesday, November 12 (3:00-4:00)

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.

  • Monday, October 6 (12:00-1:00)
  • Tuesday, October 7 (3:00-4:00)
  • Tuesday, October 28 (6:00-7:00)
  • Wednesday, November 19 (3:00-4:00)
  • Tuesday, December 9 (3:00-4:00)

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

  • Monday, October 13 (12:00-1:00)
  • Tuesday, October 14 (3:00-4:00)
  • Tuesday, November 4 (6:00-7:00)
  • Wednesday, November 26 (3:00-4:00)
  • Tuesday, December 2 (3:00-4:00)
  • Tuesday, December 9 (6:00-7:00)

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
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