Writers Worskhop Events, Spring 2017
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.
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.
- Featuring Office of Research Drop-In Hour, 12-1pm, 4/7, 4/14, 4/21, 5/5, and 5/12
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, 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