Writing Workshop Series

ISSS is pleased to partner with the Writing Center on a series of workshops designed with international students in mind, but open to all SJSU students. All workshops are faciliated by the passionate and experienced  Amy Russo, Coordinator of Multilingual Writing Support Services. Having lived abroad in Japan for several years, Amy has a strong understanding of what it's like to live and learn in another culture.


Mastering Presentations Workshop Series

Online via Zoom (Registration Required)

Academics and professionals need to learn how to present their expert knowledge to non-specialist audiences, such as teammates, supervisors, collaborators, and the general public. You can have the best ideas in the world, but if you cannot successfully communicate them, then your ideas lose much of their power.

These four interactive workshops will take your presentation skills to the next level. You will learn how to organize a compelling presentation, design effective slides, deliver with strong vocal variety, and energize your presentation with body language.


To get the most out of these workshops, we strongly recommend attending all four sessions.

Fridays at 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm PT

September 16th: Crafting Your Powerful Presentation
September 23rd: Designing Effective Slides for Academic Presentations
September 30th: Mastering Vocal Delivery for Academic Presentations
October 7th: Harnessing Physical Delivery for Academic Presentations






Workshop Descriptions

Workshop 1: Crafting Your Powerful Presentation

Learn how to distill the essence of your projects or research to capture the audience’s interest and attention. In this interactive workshop, you will learn how to talk about complex research and creative topics in a way that is accessible, relatable, and compelling. 

Workshop 2: Designing Effective Slides for Academic Presentations

Explore different styles of slide design, discover new tools, and learn to create effective and powerful presentations. Build an engaging presentation that will help your audience remember and internalize your key points. 

Workshop 3: Mastering Vocal Delivery for Academic Presentations

Your voice is your first and most powerful tool to bring vitality to your presentation. You greatly increase your audience’s interest and information retention when you practice strong vocal variety. You will learn to vocally deliver a confident presentation using the four tools of vocal variety: pitch, power, pace, and pause. See how these tools can be used to convey energy, build interest, and make complex information understandable.

Workshop 4: Harnessing Physical Delivery for Academic Presentations

Your credibility as a speaker is intrinsically linked to how the audience perceives you. Do you look comfortable and knowledgeable on stage? Do your gestures and body language help the audience understand your topic? Or do they distract from your presentation? You will learn techniques about body language, eye contact, and gestures to energize your presentation and make an impact.