In Class Workshops

One of the services that we provide to faculty across campus is in-class workshops:
  • Well-trained, knowledgeable writing consultants will come to your class to discuss various writing issues or documentation styles.
  • Because writing skills are best learned in context, we ask that instructors schedule workshops when their students are in the midst of a project so we can help students work with their own writing and research materials. We also ask that, when possible, students bring drafts or other writing to class with them on the day of the workshop.
  • The writing assistant will direct your students to useful handouts for future reference.
  • Workshops can be modified to fit your class assignment, structure, and goals.
  • Workshops need to be requested at least two weeks in advance, and instructors must be present during the workshops.

 To request a workshop, click here!

The workshops we'll offer during Fall 2013:


Workshop Title: "How I Met My Sources: Citing with Confidence"

What We'll Do: Consultants will guide students through the process of creating accurate citations while helping students understand citation in a broader disciplinary context.  Students will practice the citation style most pertinent to their current course and leave knowing where to find additional citation resources. Students should also leave the workshop with a stronger understanding of both in-text and bibliographic citations and of citations' overall function and place within the paper.

Incorporating Research

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What We'll Do:  In this workshop, consultants will discuss strategies for evaluating the reliability and usefulness of sources.  Students will also be introduced to some "best practices" for writing with research.  Students will have the opportunity to practice these skills using their own or sample research during the workshop.

Multimodal Writing

Workshop Title: "An Essay's an Essay No Matter What Form: Working with Multiple Medias"

What We'll Do: The goal of this workshop is to provide students with the foundations to transfer their compositional knowledge to a multimodal medium. By the end of the workshop, students will be able to visualize a completed multimodal project and evaluate it according to traditional rhetorical terminology.

Peer Review

Workshop Title: "When '4 Eyes' is Cool: Strategies for Peer Review"

What We'll Do: Consultants will walk students through the process of peer reviewing, using strategies and concepts used in Writing Center.   Students will practice these strategies, create revision plans, and discuss ways to apply peer review methods to their own revision processes.

Thesis Statements

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What We'll Do:  Starting with the basic definition of a thesis statement in a traditional text, consultants will guide students through interpreting thesis statements in other forms of writing. Students will examine a variety of texts, identify underlying organization structures and will practice mirroring some of these organizational strategies in their own writing.  

Writing Responsibly in an Academic Setting

Workshop Title: "With Great Writing Comes Great Responsibility: Writing Responsibly in Academia"

What We'll Do: This workshop is intended to engage writers in open discussion on responsible academic writing practices. Students will investigate the connections between research, citation, academic responsibility, and intellectual property. Students will leave the workshop having generated some "best practices" for writing responsibly.

To schedule one of these workshops or to discuss a specialized version of a current workshop, please contact Caty Chapman at or 494-8930.