Writing Center Presentations

The Writing Center offers 30-minute to 90-minute in-class workshops on specific topics, from paragraph development to citation style, for both graduate and undergraduate courses. Students are encouraged to bring an assignment that they are working on to practice learned skills. Visit the Library Calendar & Reservation page to schedule a presentation. 

In-Class Presentations

  • Introductions, Thesis Statements, & Conclusions

Students learn strategies for writing an effective introduction, thesis statement, and conclusion for an essay, research paper, or literature review.

  • Academic Writing: Strategies for Elevating & Formalizing Your Writing

In this workshop, participants will gain tips and strategies for using language, grammar, and style to elevate the level of formality in their academic writing.

  • Summarizing, Paraphrasing, & Quoting

 In this workshop, you’ll learn how to choose between these three strategies to best support your writing goals, and how to incorporate the words and ideas of others into your writing.

  •  Critical Thinking & Academic Writing

Students learn how to apply critical thinking and argumentation to academic writing.

  • Writing & Revision

This workshop teaches participants how to use revision techniques effectively. Unlike editing, where the writer merely fixes surface errors, revision involves seeing the work in a new light. In this workshop, we will explore how to revise a piece, seeing it again in a new way. The first part of the workshop will focus on global revision; the second half will explore paragraph and sentence-level revision.

  • Writing a Literature Review

In this workshop, participants will be shown the basics of crafting an effective literature review. The workshop will cover methods of approaching research, analyzing information, grouping sources, finding common themes, and expressing the findings in a clear and direct way.

  • Writing Cover Letters & Resumes

In this workshop, participants will learn how to write a professional resume and cover letter. The workshop will discuss how the two documents should complement one other, what information belongs in each section, and how to tailor these documents to specific positions using keywords. Formatting and organization will also be discussed.

  • Personal Statements for Graduate School

When applying for graduate school, an effective personal statement can make a difference. In this workshop, we will discuss strategies for writing a clear, focused, and interesting personal statement.

  • APA Style

This workshop is a great introduction (or refresher) for those who need a basic understanding of APA style. Come to learn how to format documents, integrate paraphrased and quoted material into your writing, and cite and reference your sources correctly according to the APA manual.

  • Chicago Style

This workshop is a great introduction (or refresher) for those who need a basic understanding of Chicago style. Come to learn how to format documents, integrate paraphrased and quoted material into your writing, and cite and reference your sources correctly according to the Chicago Manual of Style.