Workshop Topics

Analyzing Writing Prompts

What am I supposed to be writing about? Is my essay on topic? Join us for a workshop that helps you assess sample essay responses. Become a critical reader and learn strategies that will help you tackle writing assignments for any discipline. 

Annotated Bibliographies

No one gets through college without writing a research paper, but it’s often hard to decide what to do with all that research once you compile it but before you begin writing. This workshop will teach you how to evaluate if a source is right for your specific research question, how to determine whether a source is reliable or not, the strengths and weaknesses of a particular source, and more. Never rely on Wikipedia again!

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.

Brainstorming for In-Class Essays

Don't you hate staring at a blank piece of paper, especially with a ticking clock? In this workshop we will use planning strategies to generate a sample piece of writing and then share our prose with fellow participants. 

Build Your Brand: Creating an Educational and Professional Portfolio

Learn how to build your personal brand with a digital portfolio. Learn what tools to use when creating your portfolio and how to write distinctive documents that demonstrate your brand. Learn how to use your educational and professional portfolio to share, archive, reflect, and/or pursue new professional opportunities. 

Building Blocks of an Analytical Paragraph

What exactly is an analytical paragraph? In this workshop, students will learn how to create a comprehensive topic sentence, choose evidence that supports it, integrate evidence seamlessly, and—most importantly—use analysis to explain how the evidence supports a larger point. Throw in a transition statement, and you’ve got a winning paragraph that you can use to build a stronger essay. Then repeat!

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.

Email Communication: Etiquette for the Internet

All emails are not created equal. An email 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 all about professional emails and appropriate "net etiquette."

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).

Four Ways to Write a Killer Personal Summary

Your LinkedIn summary is the most important section in your entire LinkedIn profile. How you write this section (the style and the content you choose to include) will set the tone for every other aspect of your profile. In this workshop you will discover the four options for writing the personal summary and determine the best approach for your LinkedIn profile.

Leveraging Your Transferable Skills

Learn how to research and make a list all the transferable skills required for your desired job, how to create a written inventory of your existing skills, and how to devise a continual written plan of action before graduation. Learn the importance of skills acquisition, skills progression, and skills match when designing your résumé. 

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.


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.

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 Materials

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.

So What? Building an Effective Thesis in Three Easy Steps

Does a shiver of fear run down your spine whenever a professor uses the word “thesis”? Fear no more—creating a strong, convincing, specific thesis can be done in three simple steps. Take this workshop, and you’ll learn how to make your audience care about your argument. Never stress over a thesis again!

Transitions for Coherence

Do you need to improve your essay organization? 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

Learn how to approach timed writing tasks with confidence and purpose. We will be "calm and assertive" as we develop ideas for sample writing topics. 

WST Scoring Workshop

Have you ever wondered why your essay or paper got the grade it did? In this workshop we will learn holistic scoring by applying a scoring guide to writing samples. Become a scorer in training and a discerning reader. (Please note that most instructors use scoring guides or rubrics in disciplines all over the university.)