Workshops

Class Visit or Program Orientation Presentation

Any questions? Email the workshop coordinator, uwc_workshops@emich.edu

To request a class visit or workshop, complete the Fall 2018 Workshop Request Form.

  • University Writing Center - Introduction

    Duration: Approximately 5–10 minutes

    Advance Preparation for the Class Visit: None

    Class Visit Goals: Typically done the first few minutes of class, this brief Introduction to the Writing Center is a way to support and encourage students to use our great resource.

    Students meet a UWC writing consultant and learn about the variety of services and locations the University Writing Center offers.

    Ideal Time for this Class Visit: Beginning of semester or upon introducing students to their first writing assignment

Workshops

Any questions? Email the workshop coordinator, uwc_workshops@emich.edu.

To request a class visit or workshop, complete the Fall 2018 Workshop Request Form.

  • Annotated Bibliography

    Duration: Approximately 45–60 minutes

    Advance Preparation for the Workshop: Students should bring in one research article they will be using for a project. If students are in a computer lab or have laptops, they can follow steps covered in the workshop to begin creating their annotated bibliographies.

    Workshop Goals: The goals of the Annotated Bibliography workshop are to teach students how to format an annotated bibliography using APA Style as well as what content belongs in annotations. Reading/annotation tips, such as the silver dollar method, will be introduced in this workshop to help students discover important points from articles to include in annotations.

    Ideal Time for this Workshop: Concurrent with assigning an annotated bibliography

    Note: This workshop uses APA Style. If you would like this workshop presented in another citation style, email the workshop coordinator upon requesting this workshop at least two weeks in advance of the desired workshop date.

  • APA, 6th edition — Citations Overview 

    Duration: Approximately 45–60 minutes

    Advance Preparation for the Workshop: None

    Workshop Goals: The APA — Citations Overview workshop introduces students to the basics of APA citations. Students learn what APA is, the values and priorities of APA Style, and the general functions and types of APA citations. This workshop demonstrates for students how to locate and use reliable resources to assist them with APA Style. This workshop is designed for students new to using APA Style.

    Ideal Time for this Workshop: Beginning of semester or concurrent with introducing an assignment requiring APA format

  • APA, 6th edition — Formatting

    Duration: Approximately 45–60 minutes

    Advance Preparation for the Workshop: If students are in a computer lab or have laptops, they can create an APA formatted document as we go through the steps in the workshop.

    Workshop Goals: The goals of the APA — Formatting workshop are to inform students of basic APA formatting requirements -- how to set up an APA paper. Students will learn about the APA title page, header, running head, general information about in-text citations, writing in APA style, and creating reference lists. This workshop is designed for students new to APA Style.

    Ideal Time for this Workshop: Beginning of semester or concurrent with introducing an assignment requiring APA format

  • APA, 6th edition — In-Text Citations

    Duration: Approximately 45–60 minutes

    Advance Preparation for the Workshop: Students should bring in research articles they will be using in a writing assignment. If students are in a computer lab or have laptops, they can follow steps in the workshop to create in-text citations.

    Workshop Goals: The goals of the APA — In-Text Citations workshop are to learn the rules of APA in-text citations and practice creating in-text citations using their own sources.

    Students will learn about the APA author-date system and will learn how to cite paraphrases, summaries, and direct quotations using sources with single through multiple authors. They will also learn how to cite organizations as authors. This workshop is designed for students familiar with APA Style who need practice and support creating accurate in-text citations.

    Ideal Time for this Workshop: When students have a writing assignment involving research and in-text citations in APA format

    Note: Presenters will bring copies of a sample article for students who do not have their research that day.

    Related Workshops: Incorporating Evidence, APA Reference Lists, APA Formatting

  • APA, 6th edition— Reference Lists

    Duration: Approximately 45–60 minutes

    Advance Preparation for the Workshop: Students should bring in research articles they will be using in a writing assignment. If students are in a computer lab or have laptops, they can create the APA formatted reference list as we go through the steps in the workshop.

    Workshop Goals: In the APA — Reference Lists workshop students will learn to correctly format and create an APA reference list using their own sources. Students will see a sample APA reference list to learn about formatting, hanging indents, alphabetizing sources, and the details of citing journal articles found in online databases with or without a doi, with single or multiple authors, etc. Instructions for how to cite other types of sources (such as government sources and websites) can be included in this workshop upon request.

    Ideal Time for this Workshop: When students have a writing assignment involving research and reference lists in APA format

    Note: Presenters will bring copies of a sample article for students who do not have their research that day.

    Related Workshops: Incorporating Evidence, APA Reference Lists, APA Formatting

  • Chicago Manual of Style, 17th edition — Author-Date 

    Duration: Approximately 45–60 minutes

    Advance Preparation for the Workshop: Students should bring in research articles they will be using in a writing assignment. If students are in a computer lab or have laptops, they can practice using the Chicago Manual of Style Author-Date system as we go through the steps in the workshop.

    Workshop Goals: The goals of the Chicago Manual of Style — Author-Date workshop are to introduce students to the basics of Chicago Style citations. Students will learn the values and priorities of Chicago Style as well as the general function and types of Chicago Style citations and formatting. They will look at a sample paper and receive a brief introduction to Turabian style for formatting the paper.   This workshop also demonstrates for students how to locate and use reliable resources to assist them with Chicago Style. This workshop is designed for students new to using Chicago Style.

    Ideal Time for this Workshop: When students have a writing assignment involving research in Chicago Style

    Note: If you would like this workshop presented in Chicago Manual of Style — Notes-Bibliography style, email the workshop coordinator upon requesting this workshop at least two weeks in advance of the desired workshop date.

  • Incorporating Evidence 

    Duration: Approximately 45–60 minutes

    Advance Preparation for the Workshop: None

    Workshop Goals: The goal of the Incorporating Evidence workshop is to help students understand how to effectively and ethically incorporate research into their own writing. The workshop provides strategies for directly quoting, summarizing, and paraphrasing material.

    Ideal Time for this Workshop: Beginning of semester or concurrent with introducing a research writing assignment

    Note: This workshop uses APA Style.  If you would like this workshop presented in another citation style, email the workshop coordinator upon requesting this workshop at least two weeks in advance of the desired workshop date.

  • Literature Review

    Duration: Approximately 60 minutes

    Advance Preparation for the Workshop: None

    Workshop Goals: In the Literature Review workshop students learn the components of literature reviews and strategies for writing effective literature reviews. The workshop presents questions--using the pirate method (AARRR) — for evaluating the quality of sources as well as criteria to assist in finding empirical research.  A brief discussion of integrating sources in APA is included as well as a discussion about how to synthesize sources.

    Ideal Time for this Workshop: Concurrent with assigning a literature review

  • MLA Style, 8th edition — Citations Overview 

    Duration: Approximately 45–60 minutes  

    Advance Preparation for the Workshop: None

    Workshop Goals: The MLA —- Citations Overview workshop introduces students to the basics of MLA citations. Students will learn what MLA is, the values and priorities of MLA Style, and the general function and types of MLA citations. This workshop also demonstrates for students how to locate and use reliable resources to assist them with MLA Style. This workshop is designed for students new to using MLA Style.

    Ideal Time for this Workshop: Beginning of semester or concurrent with introducing an assignment requiring MLA format

  • Organizing Your Writing 

    Duration: Approximately 30–45 minutes

    Advance Preparation for the Workshop: If you would like to provide one of your writing assignments to work with as our example, email it as an attachment to the workshop coordinator.  Or, we can provide a sample writing assignment to work with in the session.

    Workshop Goals: The goals of the Organizing Your Writing workshop are to help students think about how to strategically and consciously structure writing assignments in ways that are effective for the particular assignment.  Students will practice mapping out plans for writing assignments using different methods. This workshop also provides students with ways to approach and get started on a writing assignments, including strategies to prevent writer’s block.

    Ideal Time for this Workshop: Concurrent with introducing a new writing assignment

  • Peer Review

    Duration: Approximately 45–60 minutes (about 30 minutes to present the information, in the remaining time, ideally, students will participate in peer review)

    Advance Preparation for the Workshop: Students should have a draft/piece of writing with them to peer review during the workshop.  

    Workshop Goals: The goals of the Peer Review workshop are to give students strategies, practical advice, and assurance on best practices for reviewing their peers’ writing. Students will also apply these strategies during this workshop by engaging in an authentic peer review.

    Ideal Time for this Workshop: Concurrent with asking students to peer review one another’s writing 

  • Position Paper

    Duration:  Approximately 45-60 minutes

    Advance Preparation for the Workshop: None

    Workshop Goals: In the Position Paper workshop, students will learn typical components of position papers and strategies for approaching this type of writing. Students will consider the purposes of position statements and look closely at sample statements as well as a sample position paper and outline for this type of writing. Emphasis will be placed on connecting claims and evidence with reasons to lead the reader through the evidence-based position paper.

    Ideal Time for this Workshop: Concurrent with assigning a position paper

  • Reading in College

    Duration: Approximately 30–45 minutes

    Advance Preparation for the Workshop: If you would like to provide a 1-2 page sample of one of the readings you assign to work with as our example, email it as an attachment to the workshop coordinator.  Or, we can provide a sample reading to work with in the session.

    Workshop Goals: The goals of the Reading in College workshop are to help students acquire strategies and learn best practices for approaching, understanding, and working with college-level reading assignments. The PRICE, SQ4R, and Silver Dollar methods are introduced, and students will apply these strategies during this workshop using a selected passage.

    Ideal Time for this Workshop: Beginning of semester or concurrent with introducing a reading or research assignment

  • Revising and Polishing Your Writing

    Duration: Approximately 45–60 minutes

    Advance Preparation for the Workshop: Students should have a draft/piece of writing with them to review during the workshop.

    Workshop Goals: The goals of the Revising and Polishing Your Writing workshop are to help students learn strategies, hear practical advice, and become familiar with best practices for revising and polishing their writing. This workshop focuses on writing as a process and stresses the importance of reflecting on and rethinking one’s own writing in relation to audience and purpose. Students will learn about Higher-, Middle-, and Later-Order concerns and apply the revision strategies they learn to their own drafts. Students will learn how to make a revision plan and also acquire strategies for polishing a piece of writing.

    Ideal Time for this Workshop: Concurrent with when students have completed the first drafts of their papers

  • Thesis Statement 

    Duration: Approximately 30–45 minutes

    Advance Preparation for the Workshop: Students should have completed research or readings and be ready to draft a thesis statement. Please email the workshop coordinator any instructions and/or rubrics you provide to students.

    Workshop Goals: The goals of the Thesis Statement workshop are to help students understand the work a thesis statement does for a piece of writing. Students will look at sample thesis statements and discuss/evaluate characteristics that strong thesis statements share. The workshop presenter will work with the instructor’s goals/preferences for the thesis statement. Students will draft a thesis statement on their topic during the workshop, and we will discuss revising this draft individually and with peers.

    Ideal Time for this Workshop: When students are drafting a thesis statement 

  • Writing in College

    Duration: Approximately 30–45 minutes

    Advance Preparation for the Workshop: If you would like to provide one of your writing assignments to work with as our example, email it as an attachment to the workshop coordinator.  Or, we can provide a sample writing assignment to work with in the session.

    Workshop Goals: The goals of the Writing in College workshop are to help students think about successful ways to approach writing assignments in college, including a discussion about the writing process and mapping out a plan for approaching college-level writing assignments. Students will apply these strategies during this workshop using a selected assignment.

    Ideal Time for this Workshop: This workshop is typically presented at orientations for new students.

 

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