Workshops and Playshops

The following writing workshops, playshops, and grammar crammers are all part of our repertoire.  If you see something on this list that is not the current semester's calendar, please let us know and we'll do our best to accommodate you.  New workshops are added periodically, so check back to see what's new!

I Have a WHAT Due WHEN?  Beating Writer's Block
Your professor assigns a paper, and your mind blanks.  Your writing muse abandons you, leaving you scrambling at 4 am to finish that paper due at 8:30 am.  Just the thought of writing brings on a panic attack.  We'll be discussing some invention and time management strategies for avoiding the above scenarios.

Write Right: Quoting and Citing Sources                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Working on a paper that involves research? This interactive presentation deals with effective uses of quotation, ethical paraphrase, and summary, including basic citation guidelines that apply across disciplines.

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   Um, did we leave a word out in the out in the title?                                                                                                                                                                                                                              You can't depend on the spell checker to catch all your mistakes.  Careful editing is key to earning (and keeping) the reader's respect.  This workshop will offer techniques for fast and effective proofreading.

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 Essay Exams
Participants discuss strategies for writing successful short-answer and longer essays in timed situations, analyze sample questions, and have the opportunity to practice writing a response and get feedback on their work.

Say What? From Paper to Oral Presentation
You've conducted the research, written it up, and now you need to make an oral presentation.  What do you need to know to focus and organize your ideas for a live audience?  Join us and find out!


All work and no play makes writing a dull task indeed. Playshops are interactive hours of word games and language play. Bring your creative streak and your sense of humor! Playshops are loosely organized around themes; past themes have included Road Trip!, Family Reunion, Let's Talk Turkey, My Funny Valentine, and Spring Fever!


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.

Five Fast Ways to Improve Your Style   OMG, AWK!
What does it mean when a professor writes AWK in the margin? Do you feel your paper just doesn't "flow"? Learn five reason why that AWK appears, and how you can make it disappear.

Run-ons and Fragments: When They Work, 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.

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.

FACULTY-STAFF WRITING WORKSHOPS                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Workshops available for a faculty audience.

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.