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Upcoming Workshops & Descriptions

All workshops take place on Fridays or Saturdays both in-person and online. Writers at all stages of the writing process are always welcome, and participants in workshops often range from those "just getting started" to those putting the final touches on a writing project.  All workshops are free for students, faculty, and staff. Please RSVP as space is limited and refreshments will be served, and let us know if you would like to attend in-person or online.

Intro to APA Format

Date: Sept. 30, 9:30am - 12pm
Location: Grace Dodgle Hall 179

Academic writing follows very specific rules. Familiarizing yourself with the APA style is essential to most fields. This workshop will guide you through the basics of APA referencing, including how to handle quotations, in-text citations, the reference list, and electronic sources.

Intro to Narrative and Reflective Writing

Date: Oct. 7, 10:30am - 12pm
Location:273A Grace Dodge

Are you in a program that requires narrative and/or reflective writing but aren't comfortable writing that way? Do you have trouble relating your personal experiences to the theory you're being asking to read? Are you having trouble approaching your teaching philosophy statement? This workshop will discuss tips, strategies, and conventions for writing in common narrative genres required in grad school.

Writing Literature Reviews

Date: Nov. 4, 10:30am-12pm
Location: 285 Grace Dodge

Whether writing a thesis or a midterm/final paper, this workshop will be tailored to the needs of the workshop attendees.  Topics we will cover include: identifying arguments, claims, evidence and theoretical frameworks, organizing topics and subtopics, finding and using sources, structuring your review, and writing a well thought-out, logical conclusion.

Concept Mapping

Date: Nov. 17, 10:30am - 12pm
Location: 285 Grace Dodge

Writers are often challenged with organizing their thoughts while preparing a paper. This workshop will help you to generate ideas, organize your research, and communicate those complex ideas. Please bring developing ideas or work in-progress on literature reviews or research papers.

Oral Presentations

Date: Dec. 2nd, 10:30am-12pm
Location: 273A Grace Dodge

Presenting your work orally is an important scholarly skill. This workshop will discuss strategies for boiling down your research into something you can present in limited time, methods for best conveying complex ideas to a wide audience, and rhetorical skills that do and do not transfer from written work.

Academic Writing

This workshop will provide students with guidelines and strategies for producing academic writing. Participants will learn basic tips about organization, academic conventions, and citations. Strategies for writing and proofreading and hints for finding and using resources will particularly be covered.

Personal Statements (offered based on interest)

Learn how to market your hard work, to present yourself and your achievements to an Admissions Committee. This workshop will cover many aspects of the writing process -- from targeting your audience to brainstorming to drafting, revising, and redrafting a successful statement. Come prepared with your notes as many GWC consultants will be on hand to work with you on your specific concerns.

Upcoming Workshops!


Conference Presentations

Date: Dec. 2, 10:30am - 12pm
Location: 273A Grace Dodge

In this workshop you will learn strategies for boiling down your research into something you can present in a limited time; methods for conveying complex ideas to a wide audience; rhetorical skills that do and do not transfer from written work; and more!

For a list of all our workshops click here.

To RSVP click here.

GWC Write-In

Date: Nov. 27, 9am - 12pm
Location: 305 Russell Hall 

The GWC Write-In is a quiet place to work on your Doctoral dissertation, Master's thesis, or other long-term papers alongside fellow TC writers, and you are welcome to come and go as you like. Caffeine & snacks will be available! 

For a list of all our Write-In dates click here.

To RSVP please e-mail with the date you want to attend & the type of paper you intend to work on.