ENGL 1301

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All ENGL 1301 Writing Workshops will be held Wednesdays, 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.


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Discourse Community Analysis:

This workshop explores the first major essay for English 1301, the Discourse Community Analysis. Consultants will define what a discourse community is and review what makes for a successful DCA. Learn how to directly address your audience, come up with evidence, and establish your credibility as a writer. You will also get useful advice on some of the essentials of good writing, such as topic sentences and transitions.

Wednesday, February 5th, 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Rhetorical Analysis Essay:

Explore the fundamentals of the RAE and reading critically. Learn how to identify the ways writers use ethos, logos, and pathos and evaluate the effectiveness of their arguments. Consultants will break down how to construct strong thesis statements and go step-by-step through the essay’s guidelines, including the structure of a good rhetorical analysis.

Wednesday, March 18th, 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Synthesis Essay: 

In this workshop, learn how to advance conversations by turning them in new directions. Consultants will offer specific advice on synthesizing arguments and structuring your papers, from introduction to conclusion. You will also get the opportunity to see selections for sample Synthesis Essays, discuss successful and ineffective elements, and practice synthesis for yourself.

Wednesday, April 22nd, 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

ENGL 1302

All ENGL 1302 Writing Workshops will be held Wednesdays, 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.


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Issue Proposal:

This workshop explores the first major assignment for ENGL 1302, the Issue Proposal. Workshop will review the assignment requirements and identify the best approach to completing the assignment according to the demands of the project. Consultants will discuss the assignment requirements and review what makes for a successful Issue Proposal. You will also get useful advice on some of the essentials of good writing, such as topic sentences and transitions.

Wednesday, February 12th, 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Mapping the Issue:

This workshop explores the criteria for the Mapping the Issue writing assignment for students enrolled in 1302. Consultants will discuss the assignment requirements and what makes for a successful Mapping the Issue paper. Learn how to organize sources based on a position, summarize main ideas from your sources, and synthesize sources that cluster around a position. The workshop will also offer techniques for transitioning between positions and using sources effectively.

Wednesday, March 25th, 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Researched Position Paper:

This workshop will cover the criteria for the final paper of ENGL 1302, the Researched Position Paper. In keeping with the other freshman writing workshops, these are intended to help students develop the skills necessary to complete the assignment and become academic writers. Consultants will offer specific advice on constructing arguments and structuring papers from introduction to conclusion as well as on using logos, pathos, and ethos in making a convincing argument.

Wednesday, April 15th, 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

General Writing

All General Writing Workshops will be held Thursdays, 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.


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Developing an Effective Writing Process:

Success in college depends on developing a writing process that works for you. This workshop will help you to recognize your own writing habits and overcome those habits that do not currently serve you. We will help you develop effective strategies for planning, invention, drafting, and revision. This workshop is open to writers of all levels and disciplines.

Thursday, February 13th, 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Argumentative Writing:

Much of academic writing requires an effective written argument. This workshop introduces writers to argumentative writing and to the processes of creating an effective argument. We discuss how to create a compelling position on an issue and ways to generate reasons to support your arguable claims. We also address how to conduct research, including collecting, generating, and evaluating evidence. This workshop is open to writers of all levels and disciplines.

Thursday, March 5th, 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Creating Cohesive Paragraphs:

Would you like to improve your clarity and cohesion? In academic writing, constructing cohesive paragraphs is crucial to fostering a reader’s understanding of the ideas presented by the writer. In this workshop, we teach you how to produce well-crafted topic sentences, and how to develop additional sentences that effectively support your topic sentences. We also work with quotes and evidence to help you to effectively integrate them into your paragraphs. This workshop is open to writers of all levels and disciplines.

Thrusday, April 2nd, 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Integrating Metacommentary:

The art of metacommentary can elude even the most experienced writers; yet effective writing often depends on the successful integration of metacommentary. This workshop will teach you what metacommentary is and how it is used in academic writing. We will also offer you different strategies for using metacommentary to help you more clearly articulate the claims, reasons, and evidence presented in your writing. This workshop is open to writers of all levels and disciplines.

Thrusday, April 23rd, 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Graduate

All Graduate Writing Workshops will be held Mondays, 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.


Writing Workshops.


Writing in Graduate School:

Many graduate students are unsure of the expectations for writing at the graduate level. In addition to defining general graduate school writing expectations, this workshop will review basic tenets of good academic writing and editing.

Monday, February 3rd, 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Be Your Own Editor:

Learn how to identify and correct grammar errors in your own writing. This workshop will allow students to put their editing skills into practice in a friendly environment in order to demonstrate how editing can improve their writing projects. Students may bring a draft or a previously graded writing assignment to this workshop.

Monday, February 24th, 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Writing Abstracts:

Learn how to distill the main ideas and arguments from a much larger work into a concise, focused abstract. In this workshop, an experienced consultant will discuss the purpose of an abstract in scholarly work, academic conventions in writing an abstract, and best practices for condensing your writing in an abstract.

Monday, March 16th, 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Writing Literature Reviews:

In this workshop, an experienced consultant will discuss the purpose of a literature review in scholarly work, the structure and components of a literature review, and the differences between a literature review in the arts and one in the sciences. In addition, the consultant will provide best practices on synthesizing sources that cluster around a position or issue, transitioning between positions, and using sources effectively.

Monday, March 30th, 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Lab Reports:

Lab reports are often required in the science fields in academia and serve in documenting the results of experiments in a clear and direct manner. While lab reports may sometimes be persuasive, they also serve archival purposes. In this workshop, an experienced consultant will review the components and standard structure for writing a lab report.

Monday, April 13th, 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Personal Statements:

Personal statements are required in a variety of academic and professional settings, from applying to graduate school to seeking a research grant. This workshop reviews the standard structure of personal statements and best practices for presenting yourself and your work in an effective manner.

Monday, April 27th, 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.