Workshop Topics

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.


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).


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

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.


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.