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Spring 2017 Wednesday Workshops

  • Looking to brush up on your writing skills? The Jones White Writing Center offers these open workshops for all IUP students on select Wednesdays at 7:00 p.m. in 218 Eicher Hall. No appointments or reservations are needed, and workshops last 50 minutes. Attendance vouchers will be provided.

    Writing Effective Transitions — September 13

    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.

    Communicating with Your Professors — September 20

    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.

    MLA Style — September 27

    This workshop introduces the MLA documentation style (8th 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 Style — October 4

    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.

    Proofreading Your Paper — October 11

    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 — October 18

    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.

    MLA Style — October 25

    This workshop introduces the MLA documentation style (8th 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 Style — November 1

    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.

    Writing Your Resume — November 8

    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.  

    Writing your Cover Letter — November 15

    Cover letters are an important component of applying to jobs, internships, or graduate schools. This workshop will help students plan and write a draft of a cover letter.