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.

Harnessing Business English

Thursday, September 14, 2023 | 12:00-1:00 PM | Online (registration required)

Working in a second language in a business setting is challenging: Getting your writing, tone, and etiquette right is critical to successfully completing job applications, communicating with potential employers, creating professional website bios, writing emails to employers and supervisors, and composing other kinds of job-related writing. This workshop is a general guide for how to use standard business English and etiquette when establishing a new professional contact. You will learn how to get your business tone just right, discuss formal email etiquette, and review helpful business English phrases. 

Recognizing Parts of a Research paper

Thursday, September 21, 2023 | 12:00-1:00 PM | Online (registration required)

The research paper is a common type of writing in academics and in the professional world; like all genres, it has certain conventions. Readers expect a research paper to have certain parts--an abstract, an introduction, a literature review, methodology, etc.--but those parts can be unclear if you haven't written many research papers already. This workshop aims to demystify the parts of a research paper so you can recognize those parts when you see them (e.g., in academic journal articles) and so you can produce those parts yourself. (Please note that this workshop is intended for advanced/upper-division undergraduates or graduate-level students.) 

*CANCELED: Designing Effective Slides for Academic Presentations

Thursday, September 28, 2023 | 12:00-1:00 PM 

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.

*Unfortunately, we've had to cancel this session due to unforeseen circumstances. However, the Writing Center is offering the same workshop at the dates and times listed below. We encourage you to attend one of the following sessions: