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Writing Workshops

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

Instructors 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 between 30 and 45 minutes. Please be aware of this when booking a workshop for a 75-minute class. 

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

Introduction to the Writing Center

This workshop shows how tutors can help students with their writing. There’s also a short exercise for the class to work on and then discuss with their workshop leader. This is a great way for instructors to encourage their students to visit the Writing Center for tutoring.

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 may wonder how their writing style comes across to others. When an issue arises, they may debate whether they should e-mail or approach a professor in person. 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

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, 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

This workshop focuses on useful features of MS Word 2010 that are often overlooked or hard to find, such as re-numbering pages and modifying internal margins, as well as more complex formats like tables of content, tables, and charts.

Approximate time: 45 minutes
Ideal for students in any class

Peer Review

In this workshop, students learn the concepts and practices of 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

This innovative workshop illustrates some of the ways in which writing works 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

Resumes

Everyone needs a resume at some point in their college careers, so you might as well get started on one now or brush up the one you have.

Approximate time: 45 minutes
Ideal for students in any class

No Workshop

Would you like to reserve the computer lab area of the Writing Center so that you can teach the class or allow your students to work on their computers while you hold conferences with them? Just tell us you want 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.