Spring 2019

The Writing Center is pleased to announce a series of hands-on workshops for students on a range of academic skills, from reading to writing to speaking.

Space is limited, so students should reserve their spots early.

The Savvy Reader: Managing an Unmanageable Reading Load

Monday, February 25, 6:30-8:00 pm
Frost 211 (CHI Seminar Room)

The reading load for many classes can sometimes seem overwhelming and unmanageable. This workshop will help you take control of your reading and stay on top of it, rather than drowning in it or avoiding it altogether. In addition to being introduced to approaches to managing large reading loads and long texts, you will have the opportunity to practice strategies for reading more effectively and, when necessary, more efficiently. Led by Kristen Brookes, Senior Writing Associate.

Convince Me! Persuasive Public Speaking

Tuesday, March 5, 6:30-8pm
Frost 211 (CHI Seminar Room)
Register for Convince Me!

The ability to write and speak persuasively is an essential life skill.  Whether you are presenting an argument in class, applying for a job, or running for public office, you need to be convincing and compelling. In this hands-on workshop, you will develop your own art of persuasion by practicing how to structure and deliver a persuasive speech. Led by Susan Daniels, Associate for Public Speaking.

Writing Concisely

Wednesday March 6, 7-8pm
Frost 211 (CHI Seminar Room)
Register for Writing Concisely

Learn how to revise sentences to be more concise and clear using the Paramedic Method. Developed by Richard Lanham in Revising Prose, this step-by-step approach emphasizes active verbs, uncomplicated grammar, and precise word choice. Participants should bring a paragraph-length writing sample for practice revising. Led by Cassie Sanchez, Senior Writing Associate.

It's Time to Manage your Time

Monday, March 18, 6:30-8:00 pm
Frost 211 (CHI Seminar Room)
Register for Time Management

Are you struggling to find the time to prepare for class? Do you waste a lot of time? Are you overbooked, or do you do nothing but study? If so, it’s time to learn new ways to think about time, make realistic plans, and stick to them, so that you can gain control over your own schedule. Led by Kristen Brookes, Senior Writing Associate, and Charri Boykin-East, Senior Associate Dean of Students.

Writing with Sources

Wednesday, April 3, 7-8pm
Frost 211 (CHI Seminar Room)
Register for Writing with Sources

You may have been told that research-writing should be like “entering a scholarly conversation,” but how do you translate that metaphor into a writing process? This workshop will introduce strategies for synthesizing and building upon the ideas and information from outside sources in order to create a research-based essay that foregrounds your insights and voice. Led by Cassie Sanchez, Senior Writing Associate.

Speak Up! Preparing for Oral Presentations

Tuesday, April 16, 6:30-8pm
Frost 211 (CHI Seminar Room)
Register for Speak Up!

Do you have an oral presentation coming up but aren’t sure how to prepare? Would you like to engage your classmates rather than just read your paper to them? Do you wish you knew how to appear confident in front of an audience? This hands-on workshop covers the key differences between preparing a paper and a presentation, and teaches techniques for delivering a confident, dynamic oral presentation. Led by Susan Daniels, Associate in Public Speaking.