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Student Learning Commons: Writing workshops

This is a list of all writing workshops offered by the Student Learning Commons.

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. 

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.

How to Revise and Proofread*
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. 

Clear, Concise, and Powerful 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.

Polish Your Writing: More Powerful Paragraphs*
Would you like to write clearer, more powerful paragraphs? In this workshop, learn more effective ways to begin your paragraphs, create better flow, write effective introductions and conclusions, and avoid common paragraph errors.

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.

Using Sources in Your Paper? Integrate and Attribute*
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.

Writing a Term Paper? Start Planning Now!
Even if your term paper isn't due for weeks, it pays to get started now! This workshop covers techniques to understand your assignment, manage your time, create well-supported arguments, organize your draft, and revise. You also learn where to find more help when you need it.