Writing Workshops


See Also: Critical Thinking | iFalcon Study Skills | Grammar and English Language

All workshops are scheduled in LC173, located on the lower level of the LRC in the Success Center

NOTE: The workshops in this series are designed to be taken in sequence.

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


Essay Essentials

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

  • None scheduled at this time

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.

  • Monday, April 3rd (2:00- 3:00 pm)
  • Wednesday, April 12th (6:00 -7:00 pm)

3. Unifying Essays: Building upon 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.

  • None schedule at this time

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

  • Tuesday, April 4th (1:00-2:00 pm)
  • Tuesday, April 18th (1:00 - 2:00 pm)
  • Tuesday, May 2nd (10:00 - 11:00 am)

5. 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.

  • None scheduled at this time

6: 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.

  • None scheduled at this time

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.

  • Monday, April 10th (2:00 - 3:00 pm)

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 are writing for, and why you are writing for them, can help you identify the appropriate diction, tone, and level of formality to employ.

  • Tuesday, April 11th (1:00 - 2:00 pm)
  • Tuesday, April 25th (1:00 - 2:00 pm)

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

  • Wednesday, April 5th (6:00 - 7:00 pm)
  • Wednesday, April 26th (6:00 - 7:00 pm)

4. Understanding the Writing Process/Dealing with Writer's Block: 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, April 19th (6:00 - 7:00 pm)
  • Tuesday, May 2nd (10:00 - 11:00 am)

Documentation Dos and Don'ts

1. Using Sources: Summarizing, Paraphrasing and Quoting: In addition to learning how to summarize, paraphrase, and quote the words of others, you will discuss which of these three techniques in most appropriate in common academic writing tasks.

  • Tuesday, April 11th (10:00 - 11:00 am)
  • Tuesday, April 25th (10:00 - 11:00 am)

2. Using MLA Documentation and Formatting: you will learn the basics of Modern Language Association style, which is often used by students of languages and literatures such as English, French, German or Spanish.

  • Tuesday, April 4th (10:00-11:00 am)
  • Tuesday, April 18th (10:00 - 11:00 am)

3. Using APA Documentation and Formatting: You will learn the basics of American Psychological Association style, which is often used by students of social sciences such as anthropology, economics, political science and psychology

  • None scheduled at this time