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Writing Workshops

Tutor and students at a writing workshopThe Writing Center offers a variety of workshops that instructors or student groups may request for their classes. Workshops are an excellent way to introduce students to the Writing Center and encourage them to visit on their own for help with writing assignments. 

Instructors or student groups may schedule a workshop through our online request form. We will process your request and confirm the date and time with you within two business days.

All workshops last about 45 minutes.

Be sure to tell your students to meet in the Writing Center on the day of the workshop, and let them know where we are located: 218 Eicher Hall, on Grant Street across from Wallwork Hall, near the large smokestack. The entrance to the building is on the parking lot side.

Introduction to the Writing Center

This workshop shows how tutors can help students with their writing. It explores some of the writing skills students can build upon in college and demonstrates how tutors can help writers work on those skills. It’s also a great way for students to meet tutors and see everything the Writing Center has to offer them.

Approximate time: 45 minutes
Ideal for students in ENGL 100 or 101

Introduction to the Online Writing Center

This workshop shows students how to book an appointment and meet a tutor online through the Online Writing Center. Students will see how the Online Writing Center functions live and in real time to connect students with tutors from anywhere in the world.

Approximate time: 30 minutes
Ideal for students in any class

Communicating with Professors

Students often wonder how to approach their professors and what sort of style to use when they e-mail, write a note, or speak in person. Formal? Casual? Polite? Direct? Urgent? Even brief communications require decisions about appropriate style. This workshop covers do’s, don’ts, and tips for polite, professional, and effective communication with professors.

Approximate time: 45 minutes
Ideal for students in ENGL 100 or 101 

Writing Professional Memos and E-mail

Students entering many professions will need to learn the basics of crafting a professional internal memo and using e-mail effectively. This workshop demonstrates the basic structure of memos and e-mail messages and shares strategies for writing both in a professional work environment.

Approximate time: 45 minutes 
Ideal for students in any class 

Using Transitions for Smooth Writing 

Scientist and author Isaac Asimov once said, “Life is pleasant. Death is peaceful. It’s the transition that’s troublesome.” This workshop has nothing to do with life or death, but it does deal with troublesome transitions, especially those that require smooth connections between ideas.

Approximate time: 45 minutes
Ideal for students in ENGL 100, 101, 202 or any class

Proofreading

This workshop helps students build the kinds of careful reading skills that are needed to proofread their papers, including reading slowly, using A Writer’s Reference, and following rules of thumb.

Approximate time: 45 minutes
Ideal for students in any class

Word: Beyond the Basics

Most people use only a fraction of the many useful features in MS Word. This workshop focuses on  features that are easily overlooked or hard to find, such as renumbering pages, hanging indents, modifying internal margins, and inserting a table, chart, or table of contents.

Approximate time: 45 minutes
Ideal for students in any class

Peer Review

In this workshop, students learn the concepts and practices of effective peer review. They will see examples of constructive and non-constructive feedback and learn why it’s not helpful to correct every mistake in a paper or to give only positive feedback.

Approximate time: 45 minutes
Ideal for students ENGL 100, 101, or any class

Google Scholar

Google Scholar is a powerful tool that students can use for intelligent searching of information on the Web. In this workshop, students learn to use Google Scholar to search academic literature and locate full-text articles.

Approximate Time: 45 minutes
Ideal for students in ENGL 202

MLA Documentation

This workshop introduces the MLA documentation style (7th edition), including how to quote and summarize from an original source. It’s a hands-on workshop in which students see examples and do exercises. Topics include citing within the text, using signal phrases, creating the Works Cited page, and documenting online sources.

Approximate time: 45 minutes
Ideal for students in ENGL 202

APA Documentation

In this workshop, students are introduced to the APA documentation style (6th edition), including how to quote and summarize from an original source. It’s a hands-on workshop in which students see examples and do exercises on their computers. Topics include citing within the text, using signal phrases, creating the References page, and documenting online sources.

Approximate time: 45 minutes
Ideal for students in ENGL 202

Hearing Voices

Incorporating source material in one's writing requires multiple rhetorical moves. This innovative workshop illustrates the ways in which these moves work like a conversation between “speakers” with different “voices.” Students are asked to identify the voices in a text, and are invited to compose a piece of writing that incorporates their own voice with the voice of a source.

Approximate time: 45 minutes
Ideal for students in ENGL 100, 101, or 202

Do-It-Yourself: Resumes

Most students will need a resume at some point during or after their college years, and they can learn new features in MS Word that will make their resume distinctive. Students can get started on one during this workshop, or polish up one they've already written.  

Approximate time: 45 minutes
Ideal for students in any class

Do-It-Yourself: Personal Statements

Personal statements are an important component of applying to jobs, internships, or graduate schools. This workshop will help students plan and write a draft of a personal statement.

Approximate time: 45 minutes 
Ideal for students in any class 

“No Workshop”

Would you like to reserve our computer lab to teach your class or conference with your students while the class works on computers? Simply request a “No Workshop” workshop!

  • Writing Center
  • Eicher Hall, Room 218
    860 Grant Street
    Indiana, PA 15705
  • Phone: 724-357-3029
  • Regular Hours
  • Monday through Thursday
  • 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
  • Friday
  • 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.