Workshops and Playshops

The following Writing Workshops, Grammar Crammers, and Playshops are all part of the Writing's Center repertoire.  If you see something of interest, and it is not listed as an Upcoming Event, please let us know and we will do our best to accommodate you.  New workshops are always under development, so let us know if you have a suggestion!

Writing Workshops

I Have a What Due When?  Beating Writer's Block

A review of a variety of brainstorming techniques and strategies designed to get you going on your next assignment.

Principles of Science Writing

Got lab reports?  Tackling a scientific literature review?  Learn basic principles of science writing, such as the structure of lab reports, the purposes of an abstract, and the uses of passive voice.

Proofread: You Might Have Something Out

Questioning our smarts because we left a word out of the workshop title?  Careful editing is key to earning (and keeping) your readers' respect.  Learn strategies for fast and effective editing and proofreading. 

Write Right: Quoting and Citing Sources

A discussion of effective uses of quotation, ethical paraphrase, and summary, including basic citation guidelines that apply across disciplines. 

Writing in APA Format

A review of APA formatting and citing techniques, and information on resources for working with APA format.

Writing Under Pressure: Strategies for In-class Essay Exams

Participants discuss strategies, analyze sample questions, and have the opportunity to practice writing a response and get feedback on their work. 

Grammar Crammers  

Conquering the Comma Chameleon

Ah, comma on--it only FEELS like the rules are always changing on you!  An interactive review of comma rules and guidelines, accompanied by bad 80s music and helpful mnemonic devices.

Controlling Run-ons and Fragments: When They Work-and When They Don't

Run-ons and fragments are always "wrong," but occasionally a wrong does make a right.  A review of the rules and the rhetoric that should guide your choices. 

OMG, DM AWK!: Five Fast Ways to Improve Style

What does it mean when a professor writes AWK in the margin of your paper?  Learn five of the most common reasons why that AWK appears-and strategies for making it disappear. 

Scary Punctuation: A Not-So-Frightful Review

The colon isn't just a body part; it's a versatile piece of punctuation, if you know how to use it.  A lightning review of colons, semi-colons, dashes, and other marks that can enliven your style. 

Creative Writing Playshops   

All work and no play makes writing a dull task.  Playshops are interactive evenings of theme-based word games and language play designed to get your creative juices flowing. 

Faculty-Staff Writing Events   

Designing Effective Writing Assignments: A Faculty Writing Workshop

An interactive workshop on effective assignment design, addressing principles applicable across disciplines.

Responding to Student Writing: A Faculty Writing Workshop

An interactive workshop in which various means of response to student writing are described, discussed, and applied.

Creative Writing Playshop: A Faculty-Staff Writing Event

Playshops just for faculty and staff, upon request.