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Writing Centers Workshop Series

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Spring 2020

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The Writing Center offers workshops for UD students on writing-related topics. Both undergraduate and graduate students are welcome. Workshops are held in the Morris 017 writing center location. They are facilitated by graduate students in the English Department who work in the Writing Center.

Register to attend any of the workshops: Spring workshop registration

"Personal Statements That Pop" by Lee C.

Wednesday, March 4th at 2:00pm

It's application season, and you know what that means: Time to write a personal statement that packs a punch. Putting yourself out there in the personal statement, whether you're applying for grad school, an internship, or a job, may seem challenging, but we will help you craft a statement that really shines. In this workshop, we will discuss tone, style, and audience, how to "brag" about yourself, how to write with or without an essay prompt, what to shout about vs what to leave out, and more! Come to this session, and submit your applications with confidence!

"Making Abstract Writing Less Abstract" by Olivia D.

Monday, March 9th at 1:00pm

Have you just finished a writing project, and are unsure of how to express it an abstract? The genre of abstract writing can be difficult, and the abstract can feel like too little space to display the entirety of your essay! This workshop will help you develop the skills necessary to summarize your argument, highlight key ideas and prioritize the most important information in your abstract. Additionally, this session will discuss how to effectively organize this information with concise and professional language. The workshop will make the process of writing an abstract less abstract, and will give you concrete tools and tips to apply to your future writing!

Speech Anxiety and Delivery Essentials Workshop

Monday, March 23rd at 12:00pm

Ever feel nervous before giving a speech? Want to know how you can adapt this feeling into an effective delivery style? This workshop will enable participants to identify common causes of speech anxiety and provide techniques to harness these fears into a dynamic presence. This workshop will be facilitated by the Oral Communication Consultants of the University Writing Center.

"Proofing for Polish" by Dorothy S.

Friday, April 10th at 2:00pm

You've done the research; developed your point; written and rearranged until you're blue in the face. Your paper is almost ready to send off to its fate… Except for one more step: proofreading. Ironically, by the time the average paper reaches the proofreading stage, its beleaguered author has spent so long staring at the big picture that they no longer register tiny details of grammar and syntax. This workshop will give you tips and tactics to ensure that you can look with new eyes and buff your paper to a high sheen.

"Read with Purpose" by Olivia C.

Monday, April 13th at 12:00pm

Do you ever find yourself glossing over words as your read? Do you finish a paragraph and think, "What did I just read?" Do you want to read faster? If you answered yes to these questions, then come to our workshop on Critical Reading Strategies! We will discuss approaches to reading that help you engage, process, and comprehend texts with efficiency to enhance your reading experience. This workshop will give you the tools and strategies to critically engage with your coursework, primary and secondary sources, and everyday reading experiences.

 "Are you talkin' to me?: Addressing Audience" by Lee C.

Wednesday, April 22 at 2:00pm

Whether you are writing for a professor, writing for a journal, or writing for fun, it helps to consider who will consume your work and why. When you sit down to write, who do you imagine will read what you have written? In order to productively answer this question, you must consider the context for why you are writing, where the writing will be published, and the circumstances surrounding your topic. In this workshop we will help you clearly define the audience you intend to write for as well as think about the best ways to appeal to that audience.

Pitch Perfect: Mastering Your Elevator Pitch

Wednesday, April 29th at 3:00pm

If the CEO of your dream job’s company asked you why you deserve the job in 30-seconds or less, would you be able to? Effective elevator pitches serve as an opportunity to market yourself and stand out from the crowd. This highly interactive workshop will leave you with the ability to confidently brand yourself. If you plan on attending a career fair, networking night, or have interviews lined up, this is the workshop for you. This workshop will be facilitated by the Oral Communication consultants of the University Writing Center. 

 "Locating the Scholarly Conversation: Paraphrase & Summary" by Dorothy S.

Friday, May 1st at 2:00pm

So you've read some things, and now you have to write about them. You'll need to distill the information and convey it succinctly, but how will you complete the task? In this workshop, we will discuss how to ethically forward information from your sources in your own words. The workshop will focus on paraphrase and summary as useful tools for engaging in scholarly conversation. If you are writing literally anything with sources, this is the place for you to be on Friday, May 1st!

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Writing Centers Workshop Series
  • University Writing Centers
  • 016 Memorial
  • University of Delaware
  • Newark, DE 19716, USA
  • Phone: 302-831-1168
  • writing-center@udel.edu