Spring 2022 Wednesday Workshops

Wednesday Workshops Spring 2022

Wednesday Workshops are held both in-person at the Writing Center (218 Eicher Hall) and online via Zoom. All workshops will be held on Wednesday evenings from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. 

Workshop attendees can request attendance vouchers. For questions about our workshops, please email us at w-center@iup.edu.

January 26

MLA Documentation

Level: Undergraduate/Graduate

This workshop introduces the MLA documentation style (8th edition), including how to quote and summarize from an original source. This hands-on workshop where students see examples and do exercises. Topics include citing within the text, using signal phrases, creating the Works Cited page, and documenting online sources.

February 2

APA Documentation

Level:  Undergraduate/Graduate

In this workshop, students are introduced to the APA 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 on their computers. Topics include citing within the text, using signal phrases, creating the References page, and documenting online sources.

February 9

Words that Work: Strategic Language for Professional Communication

Level: Undergraduate/Graduate, Business Writing Credential Series

A workshop based on the book Words that Work: It’s Not What You Say, It’s What People Hear by Frank Luntz. This workshop explores the principles of Words that Work including simplicity, brevity, credibility, novelty, and speaking in an aspirational tone and gives students a chance to practice each of the principles. The workshop concludes by exploring how the strategic choice of words can be an asset in professional communication.

February 16

American Academic Conventions for International Students

Level: Undergraduate/Graduate International Student/ Multilingual Writer

This workshop offers international students and multilingual writers insights and information about American academic conventions and strategies for successful writing in US institutions of higher education. The workshop will cover understanding writing assignments, rhetorical considerations of audience and organization, managing sources and source use, and common challenges that international and multilingual writers face.

February 23

Résumé Writing

Level: Undergraduate/Graduate - Business Writing Credential Series

This workshop introduces students to developing the content and designing an effective résumé .  We explore effective résumé samples, how to frame experience to diverse audiences, and different content that goes in a résumé. Students also can learn new features in MS Word that will make their résumé distinctive. Students can get started on one during this workshop, or polish what they've already written.  

March 2

Writing and Designing Your Poster Presentation

Level: Undergraduate/Graduate, Scholars Forum

This workshop covers how to create professional poster presentations appropriate for conferences, including for IUP’s Scholars’ Forum. Students attending this workshop will learn how to plan, design, and write your poster presentation in the humanities, social sciences, sciences, business, or professional fields. This workshop covers software options, readability, scannability, and audience awareness to create effective poster presentations.

March 9

Cover Letter Workshop

Level: Undergraduate/Graduate, Business Writing Credential Series

This workshop introduces students to writing an effective cover letter.  After reviewing models of successful cover letters, we’ll discuss the purpose of the cover letter, how to tailor a cover letter to fit a specific job, how to highlight relevant experiences. Students will get a chance to draft a cover letter for intended positions.

March 23

Introduction to Technical and Professional Writing

Level: Undergraduate/Graduate, Business Writing Credential Series

This workshop introduces students to the nature of writing in and for the workplace. It helps students develop their writing skills to shape their professional communication. With practical examples and engaging activities, students learn different styles, structures, and organizations of professional and technical writing genres. During the workshop, students learn about multimodal and digital ways of composing in technical and professional contexts. 

March 30

Avoiding Plagiarism Workshop

Level: Advanced Undergraduate/Graduate

This workshop introduces undergraduate and graduate writers how to avoid plagiarism in their writing, including through papers written in coursework and at the honors thesis, MA thesis, or dissertation stage. The workshop will cover cultural expectations, reading and citation strategies, managing large numbers of sources, and self-citation.  We will also discuss iThenticate, which is used by the graduate school for submission of a thesis or dissertation.

April 6

Selling Your Proposal in Professional Settings

Level: Undergraduate/Graduate, Business Writing Credential Series

Proposals of ideas, new approaches, or new products are how you can make change. This workshop introduces students to how to write innovative short proposals to create change in their organizations and beyond. This workshop will discuss how to create short proposals in a business setting, how to pitch ideas and proposals to various audiences, and how to sell your ideas to others.  This hands-on workshop will include proposal pitching and practice.

April 13

Source Synthesis and Source Integration

Level: Undergraduate/Graduate

Across campus, one of the biggest challenges that students have is with integrating and synthesizing secondary sources. This workshop provides students with understanding of synthesis as a process of effective incorporation of sources with their own idea/words. It also provides interactive activities for students to engage in and practice crating conversation between the sources. The source integration part teaches students to introduce, integrate, contextualize, and cite source material successfully.

April 13

Word Beyond the Basics for Business Writers-11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Level: Undergraduate/Graduate, Business Writing Credential Series

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. We focus on features that are specific to business writing settings.

April 20

Wikipedia Writing Workshop

Level: Undergraduate or Graduate

This workshop introduces students to the genre of Wikipedia writing and about how to incorporate it into their everyday writing practices. Students will set up an account and learn about how to create edits on the platform.