Writing Workshops

Writing Workshops

Sign up for a writing workshop and improve your writing skills! In these writing workshops, you will focus on a particular aspect of writing, and work in small groups to review and develop your draft assignment. Workshop topics include the following (click on a title to see more information about a particular workshop):

Please click here to see a timetable of the workshops for the current semester. To register for a writing workshop, please go to the ELC activities registration page. Reservations are recommended, but walk-in visits are also welcome if space is available.

Writing Workshop: Planning and Organizing Your Writing

Getting started can sometimes be the most difficult part of the writing process. Writers may have difficulties in thinking of ideas to include in an assignment, selecting the best ideas to include, and organizing these ideas. During this workshop, you will learn to:

  • Use various invention techniques to help you generate content for your written assignments.
  • Develop specific strategies to plan and organize your information.

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Writing Workshop: Writing Complex Sentences

During this workshop you will practice writing complex sentences and apply this skill to your own writing. You will learn to:

  • Identify simple sentences and complex sentences within a short text.
  • Construct complex sentences by adding information to simple sentences or combining simple sentences.
  • Revise your own writing to include more complex sentences.

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Writing Workshop: Avoiding Run-ons and Fragments

Two common problems of student writing are run-on sentences (sentences which are too long and confusing) and sentence fragments (sentences which are incomplete). During this workshop you will practice identifying and correcting these two common errors, and apply this skill to your own writing. You will learn to:

  • Identify run-on sentences and fragments in a sample of writing.
  • Construct sentences free of fragments and run-ons, using conjunctions.
  • Revise your own writing to effectively use conjunctions and transitions.

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Writing Workshop: Effective Support and Elaboration

This workshop focuses on how to provide effective elaboration to support your claims and main ideas. During the workshop, you will learn to:

  • Identify various types of elaboration to support claims and main ideas.
  • Brainstorm supporting information to develop main ideas.
  • Revise your own writing to provide effective support and elaboration of your ideas.

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Writing Workshop: Revision Strategies

 Students who revise their written assignments typically produce better papers and receive higher grades. However, students may not know how to revise their papers effectively. During this workshop, you will learn to:

  • Identify “focus areas” to guide your revision.
  • Develop various revision strategies.
  • Revise your own writing more effectively.

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Writing Workshop: Paragraph Unity

A common problem for many student writers is maintaining a clear focus throughout the piece of writing. Ideas may seem to you, as the writer, relevant to the topic and related to each other, but may be irrelevant, unrelated and confusing for the reader. During this workshop you will learn to:

  • Identify irrelevant information within a paragraph.
  • Interpret information in a paragraph to show how the information is linked to the main idea.
  • Revise your own writing to maintain the focus of paragraphs.

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Writing Workshop: Incorporating Sources

When using outside sources to provide evidence in your writing, you not only need to find appropriate sources and use a correct format to give your citation, but you also need to integrate the information with your own ideas and analyze the information. During this workshop, you will learn to:

  • Identify weak and strong uses of evidence from outside sources.
  • Relate evidence from outside sources to the claims in your paragraph.
  • Analyze and comment on the information from sources.
  • Revise your own paragraphs to provide stronger uses of evidence from sources.

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Writing Workshop: Troubleshooting Paragraphs

An effective paragraph should express one controlling idea, have a clear focus, and show logical relationships between ideas. This workshop will help you pinpoint and solve problems in your paragraphs related to these three areas. During this workshop, you will learn to:

  • Identify problems with: using topic sentences, achieving unity, and expressing logical relationships.
  • Implement solutions to these problems.
  • Analyze your own writing to troubleshoot your paragraphs and solve problems related to focus and clarity of ideas.

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Writing Workshop: Editing for Clarity and Style

Before turning in any written assignment, it is a good idea to ensure that your paper is easy to read, expresses ideas clearly, and uses an appropriate academic style. During this workshop, you will learn to:

  • Use online tools and resources to help you identify problems with academic style.
  • Check your work critically for issues related to clarity and style.
  • Revise your own writing to improve the clarity of ideas.

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Writing Workshop: Proofreading Techniques

A well-written paper that is free of errors can contribute to a higher grade. However, students often are unable to spot errors in their own writing, even when they “know the rule” for avoiding a particular error. Using specific strategies and techniques can help you with the proofreading process.

During this workshop, you will learn to identify and correct errors using specific proofreading strategies.

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