In-Class Workshops

Roadshows

For faculty who would like to introduce their students to the Writing Center’s services, we offer Roadshows, brief 5-minute classroom presentations delivered by one of our tutors. We provide these presentations for faculty classrooms or committees, or for any student group, department, or program.

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Workshops

If you would like a team of our tutors to deliver a workshop in your class on one of the topics below, please use the button below.  

The best workshops often become conversations among the presenters, the students, and the instructor. We invite instructors to discuss how the material in the workshop applies specifically to their courses and assignments, and we require the instructor to be present when tutors are delivering a workshop to the class.

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  • Building an Argument

This workshop presents the basics of developing and building an argument, with an emphasis on developing a sound thesis statement, generating and structuring supporting claims and evidence, and working with counterarguments. The workshop allows space for the course instructor and students to discuss the kinds of claims and evidence that they might develop, given the specific discipline, course, assignment, or audience. (45 minutes)

  • Strategies for Getting Started on a Draft

In this workshop, writers learn and practice using a variety of strategies for generating ideas and structuring those ideas into a rough draft. Techniques include free-writing, sketching webs and maps, composing rough "discovery" drafts, and outlining. Instructors have the opportunity to comment on how particular techniques might work for specific writing tasks in the course. Writers leave this workshop with concrete verbal and visual tools for getting started on a writing project, as well as some strategies for dealing with writers' block. (45 minutes)

  • Strategies for Revising a Draft  (students need to bring a print copy of their draft)

In this workshop, writers learn and practice strategies for seeing strengths and weaknesses in their own drafts and for revising accordingly. The workshop focuses on techniques writers can use to evaluate their drafts for whole-text concerns such as content development, line of argument, and structure. Students leave this workshop understanding the difference between revision and editing, and possessing concrete tools for identifying areas in which the draft can be further developed and improved. (50 minutes)

This session should be scheduled to coincide with students' having completed a first draft of a course assignment. Students bring a hard copy of their draft to the workshop and practice various techniques on that draft.

  • Peer Review Workshop: Providing Helpful Feedback on Other Writers' Drafts

In this workshop, writers learn to provide feedback that addresses important issues in a draft, helps writers revise effectively, and maintains a positive relationship between writer and reviewer. Participants will discuss the benefits of learning to review other writers' drafts, learn to read a draft for whole-text, paragraph, and sentence-level concerns, and practice strategies for providing feedback that helps writers revise. (45 minutes)

  • Using and Citing Sources in Your Writing — Basics

In this presentation, students learn the benefits of citing sources, the kinds of material they need to cite, options for incorporating source material into their own prose, and how to find the guidelines for properly formatting those citations. Students discuss scenarios in which source material needs to be cited and they practice paraphrasing sample sources. This workshop is not specific to any single citation style; it focuses on the broad logic and rhetoric of citing sources. (55 minutes)

Please note that this presentation does not address the mechanics and fine points of formatting in-text citations and lists of works cited.

  • Using APA Citation Style  (students need a draft and a device with internet access)

This workshop focuses on helping students look up and apply the guidelines for using APA citation style for in-text citations and list of references. Student writers don't always learn effectively when tutors lecture on the numerous and detailed rules for properly presenting author names and page numbers, and formatting titles and publication information. In this workshop, therefore, Writing Center tutors walk student writers through the process of writing an in-text citation and an entry for the list of references, then guide the writers as they locate and apply relevant rules to their own drafts. (45 minutes)

This workshop should be scheduled to coincide with students' completing a draft of a document that incorporates sources. To participate in the workshop, students will need a draft (hard copy or electronic) and a laptop or tablet.

  • Using MLA Citation Style  (students need a draft and a device with internet access)

This workshop focuses on helping writers look up and apply the guidelines for using MLA citation style for in-text citations and list of works cited. Student writers don't always learn effectively when tutors lecture on the numerous and detailed rules for properly presenting author names and page numbers, and formatting titles and publication information. In this workshop, therefore, Writing Center tutors walk student writers through the process of writing an in-text citation and an entry for the list of works cited, then guide the writers as they locate and apply relevant rules to their own drafts. (45 minutes)

This workshop should be scheduled to coincide with students' completing a draft of a document that incorporates sources. To participate in the workshop, students will need a draft (hard copy or electronic) and a laptop or tablet.

  • Five Techniques for a Clear Writing Style

In this workshop, writers learn to identify features of writing that make texts murky and difficult to understand, and learn and practice five strategies for revising murky writing to make it clearer. (50 minutes)

  • From Casual to Scholarly: Strategies for Elevating and Formalizing Your Writing

In this hour-and-fifteen-minute workshop, participants will gain tips and strategies for using language, grammar, and style to their best advantage as they work to elevate the level of formality in their academic writing. Students will learn specific strategies for writing and editing, as well as begin to understand why particular kinds of language have come to be used in scholarly work. (75 minutes)

  • Writing Personal Statements for Graduate School Applications

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Professional Development Workshops for Faculty

The Writing Across the Curriculum program offers professional development workshops to faculty who want assistance developing writing assignments or assessments. To request those services, please contact Dr. Michelle LaFrance, WAC Director, at mlafran2@gmu.edu.

For Tutors

Here is the link to the Roadshow Prezi to present during roadshows.  

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