Workshop Topics

Analyzing Writing Prompts

Do you have trouble understanding what a writing topic is asking you to do? Do you think you wrote a brilliant essay, only to find out you wandered off the topic? This workshop helps you read prompts with a focus, especially in timed writing situations.

Basic APA Style

APA style is required in many majors, not just psychology. This workshop provides basic information on the title page and abstract, in-text citation formats, and reference lists to ensure that your paper will be in compliance with the latest guidelines

Body Paragraphs

Learn how to write well-developed, well-written body paragraphs that support a thesis statement and clearly explain quotes or other arguments. You will receive an accompanying packet of handouts on essay form.

Common Grammar and Punctuation Errors

Have you had an instructor comment that your essay has excellent content, but your writing is weakened by too many serious grammar errors? In this workshop, we will review some of the most common grammar and punctuation errors in student writing, including run-ons, comma splices, and general punctuation misuse.

Creating your Educational and Professional Portfolio

Do you have a professional digital portfolio? If not, learn how to translate into written documents, and showcase on popular social media platforms, what you have accomplished during your course of study at SJSU into meaningful and persuasive resume and cover letter language.

Designing a Focused Cover Letter and Resume

So you're not getting anywhere with your current resume and cover letter? Using a focused job announcement, learn how to draft a job search outline and response by identifying the pyramid structure that most job announcements follow.

Essay Prompts and Time Management

In-class essay writing is intimidating for many students; however, successful in-class writing depends not only on your composition skills but also on your ability to analyze the prompt and manage your time properly. This workshop will focus on two interrelated topics: (1) understanding and critically analyzing essay prompts, and (2) using time management strategies for the various stages of the in-class, timed writing process (pre-writing, composing the essay, and editing/revising).

Etiquette for the Internet

All e-mails are not created equal. An e-mail to an employer or faculty member should be written in a different style and tone than one to a friend. This workshop will teach you appropriate "net etiquette."

LinkedIn Etiquette: Understanding the Impact of your Digital Footprint

Learn how to manage and optimize your digital footprint using common social media platforms. Learn the "dos and don'ts" of social media behavior; develop an understanding of the need to separate your professional and personal digital footprint.

LinkedIn Overview: Identifying and Selling the Brand of You

What is branding? Do you have a brand? We all do. Learn how to identify, develop, and sell the brand of you using LinkedIn tools.

Muscle Verbs for Good Writing

This workshop focuses on clear, concise, strong sentences. You will learn how to avoid replacing strong verbs with weak ones.

Optimizing your LinkedIn Summary and Profile

Did you know that the LinkedIn summary is the next generation cover letter? Discover what your summary really states about your skills, knowledge, and abilities; then learn how to optimize this free platform to sell the brand of you. Discover how employers use LinkedIn to find candidates and learn what you can do to increase your changes of being digitally noticed.


Paraphrasing can be both an effective way to show comprehension of an original text and an important technique to avoid plagiarism. In this workshop, we analyze and discuss effective ways to paraphrase. Participants also engage in individual and/or group practice to help them improve this valuable skill.

Professional Letters: Writing the Job Shadow Request, Cover Letter, and Thank-You Letter

Learn the five critical components of an effective job shadow request, cover letter, and thank-you letter and how to apply these concepts to your professional documents.

Revising for Clarity: Subjects and their Verbs

Clear writing is presenting information so that it is easy for everyone to read and understand. Generally writing is considered clear and direct when there are identifiable subjects and verbs. This workshop will provide a step-by-step guide to untangling and revising unclear or convoluted sentences. We will focus on turning abstract nouns into concrete subjects and presenting crucial actions in verbs in order to make your writing clear and concise.

Selecting and Integrating Source Material

When reviewing outside sources for a research paper or analytical essay, how do you decide what information to include? And then, how do you go about integrating this material into your writing without the quotations appearing clunky, overwrought, or out of place? This workshop will help you learn how to select and integrate source material into formal writing assignments by exploring how to evaluate and introduce quotations and how to make analysis both clear and insightful.


This workshop teaches students how to create cohesion between sentences and paragraphs by using common transition words and highlighting key phrases.  

Trimming the Fat: Writing Concisely and Avoiding Wordiness

Think about a tender, juicy cut of Filet Mignon, medium rare. Does anything ruin that first perfect bite like a mouthful of gooey fat? This experience is similar to that of a reader forced to read a sentence that sounds like this: “ For the first and earliest time in his short young life, Michael was experiencing and feeling the sensations commonly associated with love, an emotion he had never felt before.” It's a common misconception among beginning writers that using more words makes one's writing sound more intelligent. The opposite is true. The trick to good writing is to say as much as you can in as few words as possible. Trim the fat, leave the meat. This workshop will explore strategies for recognizing and removing this undesirable fattiness from your writing.

Writing under Pressure

Nervous about timed writing situations? Convinced you can't do it unless you had a couple more days and a 10-pound dictionary? In this workshop, you'll learn how to make a plan, use your time wisely, and most of all, approach the test with confidence and calm.