Schedule a Class Workshop at the Writing Center

Posted on 7/18/2014 2:31:59 PM

Instructors, are you putting together your syllabi for the fall semester? Consider adding a workshop to your schedule. Workshops are an excellent way to introduce your students to the Writing Center and help them develop their research, writing and analytic skills. 

Writing Center workshopInstructors 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 45 minutes and are led by trained Writing Center peer tutors.

If you schedule a workshop for a 75-minute class, you may use the extra time to instruct students or give them time to work on their own.

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. 

The following workshops are available:

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. 

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. 

Communicating with Professors

When an issue arises, students 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. 

Using Transitions for Smooth Writing 

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. 


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. 

Word: Beyond the Basics

This workshop focuses on useful features of Microsoft 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. 

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. 

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. 

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. 

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. 

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. This workshop is ideal for students writing research papers.

Do-It-Yourself Resumés

This workshop walks students through the basic types of resumés, strategies for writing describing their work experience, and tips for formatting a professional resumé. 

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! 

For more information, please e-mail Dr. Ben Rafoth at or Emily Weber at

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