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, January 25 (7:00 - 8:00 pm)
  • Tuesday, January 26 (12:00 - 1:00 pm)
  • Thursday, January 28 (12:00 - 1:00 pm)
  • Friday, January 29 (12:00 - 1:00 pm)
  • Monday, March 7 (7:00 - 8:00 pm)
  • Tuesday, March 8 (12:00 - 1:00 pm)
  • Thursday, March 10 (12:00 - 1:00 pm)
  • Friday, March 11 (12:00 - 1:00 pm)
  • Monday, April 25 (7:00 - 8:00 pm)
  • Tuesday, April 26 (12:00 - 1:00 pm)
  • Thursday, April 28 (12:00 - 1:00 pm)
  • Friday, April 29 (12:00 - 1:00 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.

  • Monday, February 1 (7:00 - 8:00 pm)
  • Tuesday, February 2 (12:00 - 1:00 pm)
  • Thursday, February 4 (12:00 - 1:00 pm)
  • Friday, February 5 (12:00 - 1:00pm)
  • Monday, March 21 (7:00 - 8:00 pm)
  • Tuesday, March 22 (12:00 - 1:00 pm)
  • Thursday, March 24 (12:00 - 1:00 pm)
  • Friday, March 25 (12:00 - 1:00 pm)
  • Monday, May 2 (7:00 - 8:00 pm)
  • Tuesday, May 3 (12:00 - 1:00 pm)
  • Thursday, May 5 (12:00 - 1:00 pm)
  • Friday, May 6 (12:00 - 1:00 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.

  • Monday, February 8 (7:00 - 8:00 pm)
  • Tuesday, February 9 (12:00 - 1:00 pm)
  • Thursday, February 11 (12:00 - 1:00 pm)
  • Friday, February 12 (12:00 - 1:00 pm)
  • Monday, March 28 (7:00 - 8:00 pm)
  • Tuesday, March 29 (12:00 - 1:00 pm)
  • Thursday, March 31 (12:00 - 1:00 pm)
  • Friday, April 1 (12:00 - 1:00 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, February 16 (12:00 - 1:00 pm)
  • Thursday, February 18 (12:00 - 1:00 pm)
  • Friday, February 19 (12:00 - 1:00 pm)
  • Monday, April 4 (7:00 - 8:00 pm)
  • Tuesday, April 5 (12:00 - 1:00 pm)
  • Thursday, April 7 (12:00 - 1:00 pm)
  • Friday, April 8 (12:00 - 1:00 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.

  • Monday, February 22 (7:00 - 8:00 pm)
  • Tuesday, February 23 (12:00 - 1:00 pm)
  • Thursday, February 25 (12:00 - 1:00 pm)
  • Friday, February 26 (12:00 - 1:00 pm)
  • Monday, April 18 (7:00 - 8:00 pm)
  • Tuesday, April 19 (12:00 - 1:00 pm)
  • Thursday, April 21 (12:00 - 1:00 pm)
  • Friday, April 22 (12:00 - 1:00 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.

  • Monday, April 11 (7:00 - 8:00 pm)
  • Tuesday, April 12 (12:00 - 1:00 pm)
  • Thursday, April 14 (12:00 - 1:00 pm)
  • Friday, April 15 (12:00 - 1:00 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.

  • Monday, February 29 (7:00 - 8:00 pm)
  • Tuesday, March 1 (12:00 - 1:00 pm)
  • Thursday, March 3 (12:00 - 1:00pm)
  • Friday, March 4 (12:00 - 1:00 pm)
  • Monday, May 9 (7:00 - 8:00 pm)
  • Tuesday, May 10 (12:00 - 1:00 pm)
  • Thursday, May 12 (12:00 - 1:00 pm)
  • Friday, May 13 (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.

  • Thursday, January 28 (2:00 - 3:00 pm)
  • Thursday, March 10 (2:00 - 3:00 pm)
  • Thursday, April 28 (2:00- 3:00 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.

  • Thursday, February 4 (2:00 - 3:00 pm)
  • Thursday, March 24 (2:00 - 3:00 pm)
  • Thursday, May 5 (2:00 - 3:00 pm)

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

  • Thursday, February 11 (2:00 - 3:00 pm)
  • Thursday, March 31 (2:00 - 3:00 pm)
  • Thursday, May 12 (2:00 - 3:00 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.

  • Thursday, February 18 (2:00 - 3:00 pm)
  • Thursday, April 7 (2:00 - 3:00 pm)

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

  • Thursday, February 25 (2:00 - 3:00 pm)
  • Thursday, April 14 (2:00 - 3:00 pm)

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

  • Thursday, March 3 (2:00 - 3:00 pm)
  • Thursday, April 21 (2:00 - 3:00 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