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Writers Worskhop Events, Fall 2016

Undergraduate Events, Spring 2017

Integrating Sources: Summarizing, Paraphrasing, and Quoting, 2/22, 108 English Building & 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.

Reading Scholarly Sources, 2/24, 12-1pm, 131 English Building
Do you ever feel confused by the academic sources your instructor asks you to read? Unsure of how best to approach dense journal articles assigned for homework? In this presentation, we will offer foundational strategies for reading, understanding, and discussing scholarly sources. This workshop will be most useful to first- or second-year undergraduates who are adapting to reading academic language in addition to Advanced Composition students who are currently writing papers.

Vocabulary Building & Word Choice, 3/1, 1-2pm, 119 English Building
Do you sometimes feel like you don’t have the right word to say exactly what you want to say?  In this workshop, we will talk about strategies for building your vocabulary and choosing the right academic word. This workshop will be useful for both native and non-native speakers of English who are undergraduate students.

Writing Effective Thesis Statements, 3/8, 4-5pm, 1062 Lincoln Hall
Are you writing an argumentative or analytic essay? This presentation will review the basic principles for crafting effective thesis statements. It will also help students review common essay structures and strategies for relating sub-claims back to the thesis. You will have the opportunity to put these principles into practice, so bring a current assignment to work on! This workshop will be most useful to first- or second-year undergraduate students who are currently writing 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.

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.

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.


Graduate Events, Spring 2017

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, and 5/12.

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.

Writing the Literature Review, 2/22, 6:30-7:30pm, 1022 Lincoln Hall
Don’t know where to start or unsure of how things are coming together on your literature review? This workshop will address the lit review’s purpose and provide tips for writing an effective one. This workshop will be most useful for new graduate students who would like to talk about strategies for tackling the task of writing a literature review and experienced graduate students who want to brush up on good literature review practices.

Developing & Delivering Conference Presentations, 3/1, 5:30-6:30pm, 1057 Lincoln Hall

Are you planning on submitting a proposal for or presenting at a conference? Then this workshop is for you! We will provide techniques to pink down that elusive "audience" for a targeted and effective presentation, help you figure out what your presentation should (or should not) include, share tips and tricks to engage your audience, and discuss how to present with confidence. This workshop will be most useful for grad students who have little experience preparing for and presenting at conferences, but everyone is welcome!

Best Practices for Dissertation Writing Groups, 3/2, 3-4pm, 1028 Lincoln Hall; 4/20, 11-12, 1060 Lincoln Hall, TBA; 5/10, 3-4pm
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.

Writing Effective Abstracts, 3/8, 6:30-7:30pm, 1064 Lincoln Hall
Need to write an abstract for a journal submission, conference, thesis or dissertation, or class assignment? Come for a discussion of the important components of an effective abstract, see examples of published abstracts across fields, and practice writing your own based on an in-session prompt. This workshop will be most useful for new graduate students or experienced graduate students who want to brush up on their abstract-writing skills.

Writing Graduate Research Proposals, 3/14, 4-5pm, 1022 Lincoln Hall
Preparing a proposal for a thesis or dissertation? This workshop will provide strategies for starting a proposal, including identifying campus resources for research and writing support, focusing and structuring your proposal, and seeking and incorporating feedback in the revision process. This workshop will be most useful for graduate students in the humanities or social sciences who are preparing thesis or dissertation proposals.

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