Writing and ESL Workshop Schedules

Winter 2017 Workshop Schedule

Winter 2017 Co-Class Schedule

ESL and Writing Workshop Descriptions

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Co-class and First-Year Seminars

The Student Academic Success Center is currently offering a 1 unit Pass/No-Pass class to support student writers taking Workload 57 (the Entry Level Writing Requirement course). In this class, we will learn strategies to help you do well on writing you’ll do in WLD 57, including reflecting on your writing process, practicing grammar, and preparing for the WLD 57 final exam. You will also get an opportunity to get feedback from your peers and the instructor on your WLD 57 assignments. By the end of this course, you will have effective tools to construct convincing arguments and recognize the value of writing.


All registered students are welcome to attend the various writing and ESL workshops we hold during the quarter.  Topics include Prewriting, Strategies for In-Class Writing, Avoiding Plagiarism, Grammar and others.  Most writing workshops meet once or twice per quarter, but some workshops meet weekly. Workshops are interactive, allowing students to have their specific questions addressed.

Interested instructors and student groups can request a workshop for their class, and our menu of writing workshop topics appears below. Please contact Kevin Sitz for more information at 754-8409.

Giving credit where credit is due: This workshop focuses on when and how to cite sources in academic writing. The facilitators cover MLA and APA citation styles and introduces students to library resources.

The fear of the blank page: This workshop is for overcoming writer’s block. The facilitator addresses the challenges of writer’s block and provides strategies for how to overcome them.

Finding your voice: This workshop introduces students to argumentation in practice. This interactive workshop focuses on how to formulate and argue a certain position. It helps student develop this crucial skill for position papers and thesis building.

How do I begin?: This session helps with writing punchy introductions. This workshop is designed to help students improve their introduction-writing techniques.

Navigating though the university maze: In this workshop, we discuss time management strategies for undergraduate and graduate students. This workshop is designed to assist both undergraduate and graduate students with time management techniques.

Development and organization - Beyond the 5 paragraph essay: Learn how to move beyond the formula: intro/thesis, three body paragraphs and a conclusion in order to build connections and organize your writing to support more complex ideas and relationships.

Counter arguments, concessions and refutations: Learn how to acknowledge other perspectives on an issue and even concede to valid points while still maintaining your argument, all of which will help you take a fair and balanced approach in your writing.

Peer Revision: Work on your essays in small groups in order  to get feedback for revision. A writing specialist will be on hand to answer specific questions and help with feedback.

WLD 57 Exam Review for English Language Learners: Attend this workshop to learn strategies for writing essays for WLD 57. In particular, we will focus on how to organize and structure your essays and how to handle both out-of-class and in-class essay writing.

UWP 23 Paragraph Mechanics: This workshop focuses on the overall organization of a paragraph. Students will be able to assess strongly constructed paragraphs, and the focus of the session will be on making sure paragraphs flow well for your reader.

UWP 23 Grammar Review: Attend this workshop to learn about how to use punctuation effectively in your writing. We will focus on learning how to use commas, semicolons, and apostrophes; we may also discuss how to use verbs effectively in your writing. We will focus on using appropriate verb tense, verb form, and strong verbs to make your essays more concise.

UWP 1: Topic, Scope, Question, and Thesis: Come learn how to move from topic to thesis by narrowing your focus and posing questions that lead to thesis options that are appropriate for your assignment requirements, purpose and audience.

Editing: the Paramedic Method: Have your essays been described as wordy or passive? Are you confused about how to edit for concision and clarity? This workshop focuses on shaping up prose to make it more reader-centered and concise. Writers of all levels will practice writing in active voice and cutting unnecessary words or phrases while ensuring clarity. 

Peer Review Group: Come join one, two or all three peer review sessions. We’ll quickly examine how to give effective peer feedback before diving into reading and commenting on peers’ writing. This workshop will provide specific feedback on your writing in order to help guide your revision, so you can better convey your message to the intended audience. Bring three copies of your essay to each workshop.