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Writers Worskhop Events, Spring 2017

Undergraduate Events

Revising for Focus, Development, and Organization, 4/5, 4-5pm, 104 English Building and 4/25, 4-5pm, 104 English Building
Working ahead on – or finishing up – a writing assignment? This interactive session will provide tips for effectively revising your thesis-driven essays and research papers. We will focus on strategies for revising your argument, organization, and evidence. This workshop will be most useful to undergraduate students who are currently working on course assignments, and you are encouraged to bring a draft to work on during the session.

Understanding & Avoiding Plagiarism, 4/11, 6:30-7:30pm, 131 English Building
Not sure what “counts” as plagiarism, what your professors mean by “common knowledge,” or when you need to cite your sources? Uncertain about UIUC’s academic integrity policies? Then this workshop is for you! We’ll help you define plagiarism and better understand how to avoid it. This presentation will not cover all the style-specific rules for citing sources, but you will leave with practices that are generally applicable to academic and professional settings.

Integrating Sources: Summarizing, Paraphrasing, and Quoting, 4/12, 108 English Building, 4-5pm
Worried about accidental plagiarism? Not quite sure what to do with the sources you spent time finding and reading? This presentation provides an introduction to basic techniques for ethically and effectively incorporating sources through summarizing, paraphrasing, and quoting. This workshop will be most useful to first- or second-year undergraduates or Advanced Composition students who are currently writing papers.

Giving Class Presentations, 4/18, 1-2pm, 119 English Building
Are you getting ready for an individual or group presentation and don’t know where to start? Suffering from speaking apprehension? We will review some of the basic strategies for effective speaking and presentation prep, including technology considerations. This workshop will be most useful to undergraduate students who are currently preparing class presentations.

The Final Check: Proofreading & Self-Editing Strategies, 4/19, 1-2pm, 119 English Building and 5/3, 2-3pm, 150 English Building
You’ve drafted and revised your final paper; you’re happy with its strong argument and sound structure! Now join us to learn effective proofreading and editing strategies that will help you identify and address common errors in formatting, citation, spelling, grammar, and mechanics. You are highly encouraged to bring a paper you are working on! This workshop will be most useful to undergraduate students who are currently writing final papers.

Writing In-Class Essay Exams,4/20, 5-6pm, 4/26, 4-5pm, 1057 Lincoln Hall
Are you worried about writing an effective essay under time constraints? This workshop will focus on how to study for exams, plan your answers, start your essays effectively, and manage your time during exams. This workshop will be most useful for undergraduate students who are preparing for upcoming exams.

Graduate Events

Friday Grad Write-a-Thons, 9am – 3pm, 251 UGL
Want to meet your writing goals in a distraction-free setting? Join your colleagues from across the disciplines to re-energize your writing practices at The Writers Workshop's Friday Write-A-Thons, held most Fridays from 9:00-3:00 in 251 UGL. Stay for as long as you'd like or join us later in the day to work on your thesis, dissertation, article, manuscript, seminar paper, etc.  We will provide coffee and light snacks; lunch is on your own. The additional dates for this event are: 2/10, 2/17, 2/24, 3/10, 3/31, 4/7, 4/14, 4/21, 5/5 (142 Henry Admin), and 5/12 (142 Henry Admin)

Saturday Writing Retreats, 9am – 12pm, Espresso Royale on Goodwin (2nd floor)
Make the most of your weekend writing time! Join us for sustained writing in the company of your colleagues from across the disciplines. Each session will begin with a short conversation about goals and end with a wrap-up of accomplishments. This event will be held: 2/18, 3/4, 4/1, 4/15, and 5/6.

Best Practices for Dissertation Writing Groups, 4/20, 11-12, 1060 Lincoln Hall ; 5/10, 3-4pm, 1068 Lincoln Hall
Have you been thinking about starting, finding, or improving a dissertation writing group? Join us to learn about best practices for large writing projects, including considerations for organizing a successful writing group. Dissertation/thesis writers from any discipline are welcome. The information session will include time for you to meet other dissertation writers interested in forming a group.

On the Academic Job Market: Writing an Effective CV, 4/6, 11-12, 1060 Lincoln Hall

On the Academic Job Market: Composing the Cover Letter, 4/11, 2-3pm, 1057 Lincoln Hall

On the Academic Job Market: Statements of Teaching Philosophy, 4/25, 2-3pm, 1027 Lincoln Hall