Writing Practices Series
In this workshop students will learn the art of the purposeful paragraphs. It begins with a discussion of author intention and what it means to be an author with a purpose. It will engage students in a discussion of the different types of paragraphs and how and why authors make choices to use one type of paragraph over another. This workshop allots time for students to analyze different types of paragraphs as well as discussing their own paragraph choices using their current writing assignments.
Writing Effective Introductions and Conclusions
In this workshop, students will learn how to write catchy and purposeful introductions and conclusions. The workshop includes tutorial videos and sample essays and paragraphs designed to help students understand various strategies they can utilize when writing their own introductions and conclusions. Time will be allotted for students to write or revise the introduction and conclusion for a piece of their own work, and WRL tutors will be available to give students one-on-one feedback.
Understanding and Writing Thesis Statements
This workshop is designed to add another tool to the undergraduate composition toolbox. It exposes students to eight (8) different types of two-part argumentative thesis statements that can be used to effectively answer most lower-division writing assignments. There will be discussion and activities geared toward explaining the specific purpose of each statement and the types of paragraphs needed to create examples to support a well written undergraduate composition. This workshop allots time for students to work on creating or revising thesis statements for their current writing assignments with one-on-one assistance from WRL tutors.
Quoting and Paraphrasing
This workshop will educate students about academic plagiarism as well as offer detailed explanations and guided exercises on preventing plagiarism through the use of proper direct quotation and paraphrasing. Tutors will be available to assist students individually with questions, and students are encouraged to bring in their own work so they can practice their newly acquired skills with the working tutors.
Using APA Citations
This workshop will detail the fundamentals associated with proper APA usage including general formatting, headings, in-text citations, and reference lists. Guided and individual exercises will also be utilized so students can put their new APA knowledge to work with the assistance of roving tutors. As always, students are encouraged to bring in their own work.
Using MLA Citations
This workshop will discuss the essential aspects of proper MLA citation and formatting, including lectures on direct quotation, paraphrase, in-text citations, and work cited page entries. Guided and individual exercises will also be utilized so students can put their new MLA knowledge to work with the assistance of roving tutors. As always, students are encouraged to bring in their own work.
Purposeful Revision Techniques
In this workshop, students will learn reverse outlining as a strategy for essay revision. By learning to reverse outline their essays, students will learn to understand their own writing better, and through this process, they will learn to generate more effective topic sentences and paragraphs that directly support their essays’ thesis statements. For this workshop, students will be required to bring in a piece of their own writing so that they can practice the skills being taught at the workshop. WRL tutors will be on hand to assists students individually as necessary.
Developing Proofreading Skills and Techniques
This workshop will teach students to find the errors in their own writing by helping them create personal proofreading checklists. Once they have made their checklists, students will learn numerous proofreading strategies that can help them to utilize their checklists while learning to find their mistakes more easily and accurately. Students will also be practicing newly learned strategies by editing a piece of their own writing with assistance from WRL tutors.
Writing Proficiency Exam Series
Understanding and Responding to WPE Prompts
During this workshop, students will learn skills and techniques to use when confronted with WPE prompts. They will learn to identify key phrases that will help them distinguish between one-sided, two-sided, and open-ended questions and will practice deciphering and responding to prompts quickly and effectively.
Writing Effective Thesis Statements for the WPE
This workshop will expose students to eight different types of two-part argumentative thesis statements which they can use to effectively answer most WPE prompts, the specific purpose of each type of statement, and the types of paragraphs needed to help them generate a well-written WPE response. Students will work with sample WPE prompts and practice writing effective thesis statements with the help of WRL tutors.
Study Resources and Time Management Techniques for the WPE
In this workshop, students will be given tips to help them prepare to take the WPE, such as familiarizing themselves with current events and various resources to do so. In addition, students will learn specific time management strategies and techniques that they can use to approach any timed writing situation.
Revising and Editing Your WPE Essay
This workshop provides students with skills to revise and edit their essays. Students will become familiar with strategies to approach the editing and revising process when writing a timed essay. Furthermore, students will learn the fundamental differences between revising and editing.
All of our workshops can be redeveloped to meet the specific needs of any college or department program. Please contact Dr. Lori Smurthwaite for more information and associated fees.