Writing Workshops – March 2013

Essay due dates are quickly approaching, and this is your last chance to attend the Writing Department's workshops for this term! Come to our workshops and learn the skills that will help you start and finish your academic papers.

We look forward to seeing you there! All workshops are held in S336 Ross or in the Sound and Moving Image Library in Scott. See below for workshop details and locations...
How to Develop a Thesis Statement March 6 – 11:30-12:30 S336 Ross AND March 20 – 12:30-2:30 Sound & Moving Image Library (in Scott Library)

This session will help you get a good start on your essays. Learn how to develop an effective thesis statement that tells the reader where you are headed.


The Art of Quoting March 11 – 1:30-2:30 S336 Ross

Citing and quoting from scholarly sources demonstrate, anchor, and empower your arguments, but the balance between your work and your scholars' is delicate. This workshop will examine the art of identifying, segmenting, mixing, and inserting primary and secondary texts in an essay.


Essay Writing from the Inside Out March 12 – 2:30-3:30 S336 Ross

Don’t know where to start? Can’t get past the thesis and outline stage? Learn to stop worrying about the finished essay and just get started. Discover the ‘process’ used by most experienced writers, learn to love the ‘imperfect’ draft, understand writer-focused vs. reader-focused writing.


Essays Made Easy March 14 – 12:30-1:30 S336 Ross

Do you ever have trouble getting started on your essays? Do you wonder what professors expect from your assignments? The "Essays Made Easy" workshop will help you improve your writing by providing a systematic approach to essays that result in clear, well-organized papers. You will learn how to develop a well-considered thesis statement, and how to use evidence effectively to support your position. You will also discover the difference between summary and analysis, and see how they interact within an essay to provide a logical, coherent argument.


Writing an Introduction: The Three T’s (Theme>Topic>Thesis) March 16 – 1:00-2:00 S336 Ross

This workshop will show how a good introduction proceeds from a broad issue or theme, then narrows that down to a specific element or ‘problematic’ topic, and finally to the statement of a thesis (or premise) that proposes a solution or approach to the problem. Particular attention will be paid to the thesis statement, and how it can be generated by the appropriate research question, with which every investigation properly begins.


How to Read Academic Writing: Essentials of Reading and Note-Taking Skills March 18 – 1:30-2:30 S336 Ross

Writing is already a difficult task and many students find essays even tougher if they haven’t really understood what they’ve read. This workshop introduces students to some strategies for reading and note-taking that can make the writing process a much easier, more enjoyable, and successful experience.


Effective Editing March 18 – 5:00-6:00 S336 Ross

Do you lose precious essay marks due to grammatical and stylistic errors? The Effective Editing Workshop will teach you to analyze your work logically and systematically to improve the quality of all your academic assignments. You will learn to assess content, correct common errors and proofread for accuracy. This is a hands-on workshop, so if you have a writing sample, bring it to the session and by ready to use what you learn right away.


Essay 101 March 21 – 1:30-2:30 S336 Ross

This workshop is a primer for essay writing. It will look at the journey from the writer-focused rough draft to the reader-focused essay, and offers strategies for each step along the way.


What is Critical Analysis? March 25 – 1:30-2:30 S336 Ross

One of the biggest challenges students face in university writing is figuring out what it means to think “critically” and write “analytically”. This workshop will show students how to distinguish between the description of a topic and an analysis of it – a skill that starts at the earliest stages of research and reading.


Eliminating Basic Sentence Errors March 26 – 2:30-3:30 S336 Ross

Are your essays returned to you with comments about your grammar? Common mistakes in student writing include sentence fragments, run-on sentences, comma splices, and misused commas. Learn how to recognize and correct some of the most common errors that make essays hard to read.


Using Internet Sources in Academic Research – and Citing Them Too March 27 – 12:30-1:30 Sound & Moving Image Library (in Scott Library)

The Internet offers a wealth of resources, but it is also possible to stumble onto incorrect, biased or outdated information. This workshop teaches you the benefits and pitfalls of using the Internet for academic research. This workshop will offer you strategies for evaluating sources: clues to determine what type of website you are obtaining information from, the author of the content, and whether or not that information is useful or credible. The workshop will also teach you to reference Internet sources in different citation formats.