Please check back soon for a full list of our Fall 2017 workshops. Descriptions of the previous semester's workshops are provided below.
All workshops are held in the Multimedia Writing Center, 017 Morris Library. To register for a workshop, click on your desired date and fill out the corresponding form.
Learning to Be Your Own Proofreader
Do you struggle to get rid of all those pesky typos before submitting a paper? This workshop will offer suggestions for how you can improve editing skills, and polish final papers. This workshop will provide both hands-on experience and tips and tricks for improving your proofreading strategies. Participants will work to build a "self-editing" checklist and to apply these principles to their own writing.
Statements of Purpose for Applying to Graduate Schools
For those applying to masters and doctoral programs in the sciences, social sciences, humanities, or arts— this workshop will explore general principles for writing convincing personal essays and statements of purpose―ones that highlight your undergraduate work and emphasize your research interests successfully.
Conquering Speech Anxiety
Do you get anxious at the thought of giving a presentation? Do your hands shake when standing in front of a crowd? Speech anxiety or "the fear of public speaking" is a common fear among individuals and manifests differently within each person. This workshop will explore the common causes of speech anxiety as well provide techniques to help reduce its effects.
Active vs. Passive Voice
People often give the advice about using active voice instead of passive voice, but what does this really mean and why should writers care? In this workshop, attendees will bring some of their own writing and will learn how to identify weak prose, what questions to ask to strengthen their writing and make their ideas clearer, and walk through the many creative (and even fun!) ways to restructure sentences to make them active.