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Workshop Descriptions

All workshops take place on Saturday mornings.  Check online for schedules and further information.  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 breakfast will be served.

Writing Literature Reviews

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.

Intro to Grant Writing

This workshop provides an intensive overview of the step-by-step process of grant writing along with helpful hints on identifying key terms to help you construct a successful proposal. We will particularly address the concerns of those looking for grants to support research and educational endeavors.

Intro to APA Referencing

Academic writing follows very specific rules. Familiarizing yourself with the APA style is essential to success. 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.

Overcoming Writer's Block

"Writer's block" can be overcome with planning and problem-solving throughout the writing process. Discussions will address strategies for starting the writing process, expectations for academic writing as well as utilizing narrative techniques to "tell your story." You may bring a specific project you are currently working on, or simply prepare yourself for your next one.

Personal Statements

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.

Concept Mapping

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

Academic Writing for Non-Native Speakers of English

This workshop will provide non-native speakers of English with guidelines and strategies for producing academic writing. Participants will learn basic tips about organization, grammar, and citations. Topics that will particularly be covered are strategies for writing and proofreading and hints for finding and using resources.

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