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Student Learning Commons: Writing workshops

co-curricular record approved badgeThis is a list of all writing workshops offered by the Student Learning Commons. 

All SLC Writing Workshops are recognized on the Co-Curricular Record (CCR), an official University document that tracks students’ co-curricular involvement at SFU. Learn more about the Co-Curricular Record.

Our most popular workshops (based on recent attendance and faculty requests for course integrated workshops) are indicated with an asterisk.  

See Upcoming workshops: Student Learning Commons for currently offered workshops.

For further information about SLC workshops and services, contact us.

Note: Are you a professor or program leader interested in requesting a writing workshop for your course or group? Fill in our survey to place your request. With sufficient notice, you can request any of the workshops below or a combination of topics customized to meet your students' needs.

Academic Writing Refresher
This workshop offers a quick overview of strategies and skills for successful writing, with returning/ transfer/ mature students in mind. 

Academic Writing Q&A... or Top Things to Know About Academic Writing
This 50-minute session reviews the top 5 things most useful to know about academic writing. The rest of the session is dedicated to answering your burning questions (no matter how basic or complex) about academic writing and writing in the disciplines. You’ll take away some answers, including where to find more help when you need it!

Analyze This! From Summary to Critical Writing*
Have you been asked to write a critical analysis but aren't sure how to approach it? Each discipline has its own requirements, but some common strategies can help. This workshop begins with a refresher about effective reading and summarizing, then shows you how to employ critical questions to help you transition from summary to analysis.

Hot Tips for Revising*
Congratulations--you've drafted your paper! What's next? This workshop overviews a technique of revising higher-order concerns, then looking at the finer details of your piece. You'll also learn more about common errors that can trip up even strong writers. 

How to Argue Academically*
Effective argumentation is a core requirement of many writing assignments across the disciplines. Yet students are often unsure how to write a clear and compelling academic argument. It isn’t the same as arguing with your partner or your parents! In this 50-minute session, learn the particular rules governing academic argument as well as tips for developing and defending a solid argument in your written assignments.

Better Paragraphs: Strengthening Argument and Organization*
Clear, well-developed paragraphs generally have a certain set of characteristics, and you can learn what those characteristics are as a way to strengthen your writing! In this workshop, learn more effective ways to begin your paragraphs, create better flow, and avoid common paragraph errors. Strengthening your paragraphs also helps to provide an overall sense of organization in your writing and ensure that your arguments are clear and well-supported.

Structuring Ideas Through Grammar
Improve your writing by learning how different grammatical choices can help you present and develop your ideas. Students are encouraged to bring copy of a paper they are currently working on to apply the techniques to their own writing.

Uncluttering your Prose
"Too wordy. Redundant. Be concise." If you've ever received these kinds of comments on your papers--or if you just want to take your style to the next level--this workshop is for you! Learn techniques you can use right away to help you pare your prose and write with greater clarity, succinctness, and power.

Using Sources in Your Paper?*
You've likely reviewed the Library's plagiarism tutorial. Would you like to learn more about using source-materials effectively and ethically in your writing? This workshop covers integrating sources within paragraphs, clearly attributing what you quote and paraphrase, and finding resources for help with particular citation styles.

Welcome to Writing @ University!*
Here's a chance to get a head start on what's expected for successful academic writing. Learn about resources to plan your assignment, create sound arguments, organize your ideas, edit your own writing more effectively--and find more help when you need it.