Writing Support

Writing Workshops

Join one of our trained writing specialists in a session on a topic of interest. Sessions are interactive and will provide instructions, opportunities to apply new skills with personal feedback, and time for questions and answers.

Recordings of previous workshops are linked below.

Upcoming workshops:

Future workshops will be announced here.

Recordings of Previous Workshops

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APA: In-text Citation & Reference Page Troubleshooting
April 19, 2012. 

In this workshop, we will review the basic formats required by the American Psychological Association (APA). We will go over in-text citation and reference page formatting by identifying common problems and exploring solutions. After reviewing guidelines, participants will practice signal phrases and create a bibliography during the last twenty minutes of the workshop. Students should have an APA manual on hand to facilitate exercises.

 

Editing to Write Clearly and Concisely
March 15, 2012. 

In the book On Writing Well, William Zinsser states that “every word that serves no function, every long word that could be a short word, every adverb that carries the same meaning that’s already in the verb, every passive construction that leaves the reader unsure of who is doing what—these are the thousand and one adulterants that weaken the strength of a sentence” (7). This workshop will teach students how to eliminate these enemies of writing so that their work is as clear and efficient as possible. Rest assured—clarity and efficiency do not come at the expense of the writer’s voice! We will review several examples of cluttered, unclear, and unnecessarily wordy writing while also looking at problems related to style and usage. Students will leave the workshop armed with editing strategies that can apply to a wide range of assignments.

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APA: In-text Citation & Reference Page Troubleshooting
February 4, 2012. 

In this workshop, we will review the basic formats required by the American Psychological Association (APA). We will go over in-text citation and reference page formatting by identifying common problems and exploring solutions. After reviewing guidelines, participants will practice signal phrases and create a bibliography during the last twenty minutes of the workshop. Students should have an APA manual on hand to facilitate exercises.

 

APA Style: Requirements, formatting, troubleshooting
August 9, 2011

In this workshop, we will talk about APA style for in-text citations, including how to format quotations, paraphrases, summaries, etc. Our time will be divided between reviewing APA guidelines and creating a sample bibliography. We will also go over tips and will troubleshoot particularly challenging aspects of formatting.

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Using Web Sources in APA
August 1, 2011

Citing sources and creating a reference page for said sources in APA style can be a frustrating, confusing, and sometimes painful process, especially when you're using sources retrieved from the web. So many questions need to be answered: Is it a journal article? Was it originally in print, and then uploaded to the web? What if there's no author? What's a DOI? These questions and more will be answered in this workshop. Presented by Daniel Scarpa.

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Selecting and Integrating Source Material
July 21, 2011

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. Presented by Amanda Moore.

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Writing Concisely and Avoiding Wordiness
July 5, 2011

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. Presented by Daniel Scarpa.

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Basic Punctuation Part 1
Nov. 22, 2010

Most of us know how to punctuate our writing through practice but have never learned the formal rules of punctuation. These workshops will focus on where to place commas and semi-colons in sentences. They will also explain how to use colons, hyphens, dashes and apostrophes. Presented by Jen Jebens.

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Basic Punctuation Part 2
Nov. 29, 2010

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Editing for Clarity (dealing with wordiness)
Nov. 22, 2010

Clear writing is presenting information so that it is easy for everyone to read and understand. Often, we have redundancies and wordy phrases that add no meaning and weigh down the sentence, weakening our writing. In this workshop, learn how to recognize and eliminate redundancies and to edit sentences for conciseness. Remember, a sentence does not have to be short and simple to be concise. Instead, every word in it must count. Presented by Sarah Kang.

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Writing Style Part 1
Aug. 9, 2010

The Style workshop covers strategies to help you write sentences that communicate your ideas clearly and succinctly to readers. In the first part, we will address the grammar issues of passive voice and nominalization from a stylistic perspective. Presented by Fabio Coelho.

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Writing Style Part 2
Aug. 23, 2010

Part two will go over two basic principles of style that will help you organize information in your sentences: the short-to-long and the old-before-new principles. Presented by Fabio Coelho.

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