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The Writing Center

Free Writing Workshops


All workshops are FREE! Registration is REQUIRED.


Arguments & Thesis Statements

Presenter: Kelsey Carls

This workshop focuses on developing arguments and expressing them through strong thesis statements. We will review sample statements from a variety of disciplines to better understand what works, what doesn't, and why. We'll then practice creating our own.

Dates/Times:

September 10, 11am-12pm, North Classroom 4014
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October 13, 11am-12pm, North Classroom 4014
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Effective Revision

Presenter: Steven Dawson 

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.

Dates/Times:

September 14, 5-6pm, North Classroom 4014
 

MLA, APA, and AMA Basics

Presenters: David Keener; Chris Doxtator; Kelsie McWilliams

In this session, participants will be shown the basics of citation in APA and MLA styles or APA and AMA styles, depending on location. This workshop is designed for writers from all disciplines who would like to have a better understanding of how to cite. Page format, in-text citations, and References/Works Cited sections will be covered.

Dates/Times:

APA & MLA: September 29, 11am-12pm, North Classroom 4014
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APA & AMA: October 16, 12-1pm, CU Anschutz: P28-Education 2 NORTH 1206 
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APA & MLA: October 19, 2-3pm, North Classroom 4014
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Writing a Curriculum Vitae (C.V.)

Presenters: Heather Lail; Alexis Horst

This workshop provides an overview of creating a Curriculum Vitae: a specialized academic resume.  Designed for both those who are new to CVs and those who are simply interested in revising their current CVs, the workshop provides a basic template for all CVs as well as optional sections and ideas for non-traditional CVs (hybrids, 1-pagers, etc.). We will discuss who needs a CV and why, as well as what goes in a CV; we will also examine a variety of professional samples. Time will be allotted to look at drafts of your own CV.

Dates/Times:

October 20, 12-1pm, CU Anschutz: P28-Education 2 NORTH 2302
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November 30, 5-6pm, North Classroom 4014
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Crafting a Literature Review

Presenters: Kelsie McWilliams; Bekah Wright

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 contentions, and expressing the findings in a clear and direct way.

Dates/Times: 

October 6, 12-1pm, CU Anschutz: P28-Education 2 NORTH 2301
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October 6, 11am-12pm, North Classroom 4014
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English Grammar & Mechanics
(Tackling Common Errors in English Grammar)

Presenter: Chris Doxtator

This workshop will address the most common errors consultants encounter in clients' writing. It will cover the basic usage and rhetorical purposes of commas, semicolons, and colons as well as parallel structure.

Dates/Times:

September 24, 2-3pm, North Classroom 4014
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Application Essays, Letters, & Statements

Presenters: Bekah Wright; Caitrin Blake

This workshop will define the subtle differences between personal statements, directed application essays, and letters of intent. It will also discuss what should and should not be included in each, common mistakes, and addressing academic transgressions. The workshop will culminate with a few directed writing and brainstorming exercises in order to get participants thinking of ways to begin the essay and topics they can cover. 

Dates/Times:

September 9, 12-1pm, CU Anschutz: P28-Education 2 NORTH 2102
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September 16, 11am-12pm, North Classroom 4014
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Effective Resumes/Cover Letters

Presenter: Caitrin Blake

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. Time will be allotted for questions and individual work on participants' resumes/cover letters.

Dates/Times:

October 26, 2-3pm, North Classroom 4014
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The Basics of PowerPoint Creation & Presentation

Presenter: Kelsie McWilliams

This workshop examines the qualities of effective and engaging PowerPoint presentations, specifically addressing design, text and delivery.

Dates/Times:

This workshop is not currently being offered.


GRE Timed Writing Prep 

Presenters: Scott Thompson, Shauna Musser, Haydn Woodward

This workshop is designed for participants who are preparing to take the GRE timed writing exams. Participants will learn and practice strategies for effectively reading and responding to timed writing prompts. Time will also be devoted to discussing time management and electronic scoring systems.

Dates/Times:

This workshop is not currently being offered.


Writing Effective Grant Proposals

Presenter: Justin Bain, Writing Center Director 

Designed for newcomers to the world of writing grant proposals, this workshop describes key features of designing, writing, and submitting an effective grant proposal. We will discuss specific types of grants; common sections and content; and strategies for successful writing, as well as several sample grant proposals.

Dates/Times:

This workshop will be offered again in Spring 2016.