In addition to our one-to-one sessions, we also host group workshops during the Fall and Spring semesters. For the 2020-21 academic year, we’ve converted many of our skill-focused workshops to run synchronously via Zoom.
During these 75-minute online sessions, one of our writing consultants will introduce an essential academic or professional writing skill. You’ll then have a chance to discuss and practice these strategies an interactive workshop setting with other motivated students.
2020-21 Online Workshops
- Emailing Strategically: In this workshop, you’ll learn how to tailor emails to specific audiences and contexts.
- Understanding Plagiarism and Citation: In this workshop, you’ll learn what plagiarism is, why and how it happens, and how to reference others’ work with accuracy, clarity, and confidence.
- Analyzing Texts: In this workshop, you’ll learn how the best readers analyze texts—by noticing details, observing patterns, and posing questions—and then you’ll apply these strategies to your own reading assignments.
- Developing Thesis Statements: In this workshop, you’ll learn what makes a thesis work, what doesn’t, and how to write strong and complex thesis statements in your own essays.
- Controlling an Argument with Topic Sentences: In this workshop, you’ll learn how to write strong topic sentences that build on thesis statements, connect paragraphs, and structure arguments.
- Evidence, Analysis, and Claims: In this workshop, you’ll analyze and interpret evidence of all kinds—including graphs, statistics, and quotes from literature—in order to write claims.
- Cover Letters: In this workshop, you’ll learn to closely read job ads to interpret the needs of an employer, and to write tailored cover letters (with polished, professional language) that demonstrate why you’re the best candidate for the job.
- Analyzing Case Studies: In this workshop, you’ll learn the steps of reading and analyzing case studies, and practice these steps to develop and present recommendations in response to a dilemma.
- Summarizing, Paraphrasing, and Quoting: In this workshop, you’ll learn how to choose between these three strategies to best support your writing goals, and how to incorporate the words and ideas of others into your writing.
Preparing for a workshop
You’re welcome to attend as many workshops as you’d like, space permitting. But you’ll definitely get more from your workshop experience if you have a specific reading, research, or writing project in mind—just as you would for a one-to-one session. During your workshop, you’ll have time to apply what you’ve learned to your own writing and to discuss your work with the consultant-facilitator.
You can browse the workshop schedule and register for a workshop through our events page. On the events page, click on the workshop title to find a description and registration link for the workshop. Then, click on the embedded Zoom registration link. When you complete your registration, you will automatically receive the Zoom meeting link via email.
In order to best serve all students, we ask for your courtesy:
- Arrive on time. Log into the workshop a few minutes before the listed start time. Because the workshop exercises build on one another, we request that you stay for the full 75-minute duration.
- Come prepared to actively engage in the session. These dynamic workshops require you to participate through both group discussion and independent work. Your active participation helps the workshop be successful for everyone.
- Cancel your registration if you can’t make it. If you’re no longer able to attend a workshop you registered for, you can cancel your registration by clicking on the link at the bottom of your Zoom registration confirmation email