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Writing Programming & Student Events

Writing Workshops

The Center for Writing/Writer's Workshop occasionally sponsors short group workshops on specific topics relevant to students' writing lives. In the spring 2021 semester, five workshops will be offered via Zoom:

Writing Emails for College & Work

Thursday, February 11, 2021 at 3 pm. How do you write an effective message for a professor, employer, or co-worker? This presentation will help you consider audience, genre, and tone as you compse messages that have specific purposes via email. Missed it or can't make it? Check out the Google Slides presentation from fall 2020.

Connecting Reading & Writing Strategies

Tuesday, February 16 at 6 pm. Co-facilitated with the Office of Academic Services and Learning Resources. Become a more efficient reader by learning strategies to help you absorb and process high volumes of difficult material. Learn how to apply these techniques to improve your writing, too. Zoom link.

Writing Discussion Board Posts

Thursday, February 25 at 3 pm. Is a discussion board post a mini essay? A reflection? Something else? This presentation will help you understand how and why professors use discussion boards and how formal (or informal) they may be, depending on course expectations. Missed it or can't make it? Check out the Infographic from fall 2020!

How to Read a Writing Prompt

Thursday, March 11 at 3 pm. Reading a writing prompt may seem easy at first, but if you don't do it deeply enough, it can be easy to miss things that your professor expects. This presentation will help you identify key words that professors use and how to decode them to better understand what is being expected of you in college writing.

Using Feedback to Revise

Thursday, March 25 at 3 pm. CANCELLED. Getting feedback can be difficult. Using it to improve your work doesn't have to be. This presentation will help you identify emotional and intellecutal responses to writing feedback and will provide four specific strategies for linking those responses to concrete revision actions you can take.

MLA and APA Citations Workshop

Wednesday, March 24 at 7 pm for MLA and 7:30 pm for APA. Co-facilitated with the Libraries. Both in-text citations and the works cited / references page will be covered. Students are welcome to ask individual citation questions in a break-out rooms after the presentations. 

All times listed above are in Eastern Standard Time, and individual Zoom links can be accessed by clicking on the workshop date/time above.

Writing Keynotes

Advocating for Students Inside & Outside the Classroom with Asao B. Inoue

Tuesday, January 19, 2021 from 1-2:30 pm

This interactive keynote focuses on how students and their advocates/supporters in student affairs and academic affairs can think about students’ use of language in and outside of the classroom, with particular attention to settings where they are either graded or evaluated (as in performance reviews). It offers some personal experiences from speaker Professor Asao B. Inoue and his education as a former remedial English student of color. It also considers how to navigate the politics of judgements of our languaging, both in education and in the world. The student audience will be asked to engage with ideas presented by periodically reflecting in writing and sharing some of their thoughts during the keynote in a nonjudgemental environment. It will end with a Q&A period.

Sponsored by: Office of Multicultural Education, Center for Writing, Office of the Deans of the Faculty, Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Office of International Students, Academic Services and Learning Resources, Department of English, Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Department of Classics, Department of Mathematics and Computer Science.