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Group Workshops:

Detailed descriptions may be viewed below.

Effective Editing
Monday, October 20, 2014 - 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Do you lose precious essay marks due to grammatical and stylistic errors? The Effective Editing Workshop will teach you to analyze your work logically and systematically to improve the quality of all your academic assignments. You will learn to assess content, correct common errors and proofread for accuracy. This is a hands-on workshop, so if you have a writing sample, bring it to the session and be ready to use what you learn right away. Spaces are limited to the first 25 students.
Location: S312 Ross

Essay 101
Monday, October 20, 2014 - 11:30 am - 12:30 p.m.

This workshop is a primer for essay writing. It will look at the journey from the writer-focused rough draft to the reader-focused essay, and offers strategies for each step along the way.
Location: S312 Ross

Essay Writing: A Review of the Basics
Tuesday, October 21, 2014 - 10:30 am - 11:30 am

What is the purpose of an introduction? What should you put in your conclusion? How can you use evidence to effectively support your arguments? What does your TA mean when she says your thesis is “unclear”? What does a “clear” thesis even look like? This workshop will cover common questions such as these to help demystify the academic writing process. All students are welcome, even those nearing graduation - it is never too late to learn! Spaces are limited to the first 25 students attending this workshop.
Location: S312 Ross

The Edit/Rewrite: “The Art of Editing and Re-writing:” (The first, second, third, fourth, fifth, and sixth draft…)
Wednesday, October 22, 2014 - 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm

This seminar takes as its starting point Robert Graves observation: “There is no such thing as good writing only good rewriting.” It highlights the importance of the editing and re-writing process not as something that comes later, but as an integral, and crucial component of the essay-writing experience. It provides hands on techniques for close reading of our own work, improvements in word choice, sentence structure, order, punctuation, and others. Spaces are limited to the first 25 students attending.
Location: S312 Ross

How to Develop a Thesis Statement
Thursday, October 23, 2014 - 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm

This session will help you get a good start on your essays. Learn how to develop an effective thesis statement that tells the reader where you are headed. Spaces are limited to the first 25 students who attend.
Location: S312 Ross

Essay Drafts: From outline to finished product
Friday, October 24, 2014 - 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

How do you get from a rough outline to a polished essay ready to hand to the prof? This workshop will demonstrate how essay drafts make this possible. Spaces are limited to the first 25 students attending this workshop.
Location: S312 Ross

SPARK your Writing
Saturday, October 25, 2014 - 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

This workshop will give general advice about how to improve your academic writing. It will focus on how you can use SPARK, an online resource, to develop and maintain effective strategies for writing academic papers. Spaces are limited to the first 25 students attending this workshop.
Location: S312 Ross

Essays Made Easy
Monday, October 27, 2014 - 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Do you ever have trouble getting started on your essays? Do you wonder what professors expect from your assignments? This workshop will help you improve your writing by providing a systematic approach to essays that result in clear, well-organized papers. You will learn how to develop a well-considered thesis statement, and how to use evidence effectively to support your position. You will also discover the difference between summary and analysis, and see how they interact within an essay to provide a logical, coherent argument. Spaces are limited to the first 25 students attending this workshop
Location: S312 Ross

Strategic Essay Writing - Effective Introductions/Conclusions
Tuesday, October 28, 2014 - 11:30 am - 12:30 pm

Strong introductions and conclusions are essential to the overall success of an academic essay. Part 1: Learn how to write a dynamic introduction that effectively identifies the focus of your paper and provides critical context for the reader. Part 2: Learn how to address the “conclusion writer’s block.” This part of the seminar will look at various tips that can help you write a balanced conclusion that provides a sense of closure to your paper. Spaces are limited to the first 25 students.
Location: S312 Ross

MLA Workshop
Thursday, October 30, 2014 - 11:30 am - 12:30 pm

This workshop unpacks the basics of using the MLA citation style: including general guidelines, creating in-text citations, and formatting a Works Cited page. Feel free to bring specific formatting questions to the workshop. This workshop is based on information from the MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers, 7th edition. Spaces are limited to the first 25 students attending this workshop.
Location: S312 Ross