Workshop Schedule

Writing Center WorkshopsThese workshops are designed to refresh your knowledge of writing and grammar concepts you have learned over the years. Each workshop lasts 30-minutes; the remaining half hour offers additional practice or feedback on your writing related to the workshop topic. They are offered during activity hours both in-person and remotely (via Zoom) Mondays 12:00 p.m. -12:30 p.m.  and Thursdays 12:30-1:00 p.m..

Students can register for workshops using WCONLINE.  The Zoom link will be sent with the registration confirmation email. Click any title to send you to WCONLINE to register for that workshop. Once on the login page, look under Available Schedules and check the box for either In-Person or ONLINE Writing Center Workshops. 

Faculty and staff may request these workshops to be offered during class time. You can call 757-823-2271 or email, or click here to complete a Faculty Workshop Request form.

crafting good thesis statements

January 20 and February 3
More is expected in college for writing sophisticated thesis statements. This workshop will move you beyond writing the “laundry list” style thesis statements and provide opportunities to apply strategies that will help you craft thesis statements that are focused, clear, and concise.

Basics of Good Writing

January 24 and 27
This session is a refresher for what professors expect in college essays. Quick tips for writing a standard essay include basic essay format, thesis development, and basic grammar pitfalls to avoid.

Better Brainstorming and Essay Planning

January 27
Having trouble getting started? Can't come up with any ideas for your essay? This workshop will offer strategies and practice for brainstorming and outlining a plan that will move you and your paper forward.

Multi-paragraph Essays

January 31 and March 14
How do you know when to begin a new paragraph? In this workshop, you will learn the components of multi-paragraph essays and strategies for drafting introductions, body paragraphs, and conclusions.

APA Basics

February 7, 28, and April 11
The sciences prefer the APA citation style. This workshop will help students learn how to locate resources that aid in documenting different types of sources, formatting different types of papers, and avoiding plagiarism. Offered in tandem with MLA Basics.

MLA Basics

February 7, 28, and April 11
The humanities prefer the MLA citation style. This workshop will help students learn how to locate resources that aid in documenting different types of sources, formatting different types of papers, and avoiding plagiarism. Offered in tandem with APA Basics.

Avoiding Plagiarism

February 10 and March 31
No student will escape college without citing evidence in assignments. Knowing how to identify when information should be cited is a skill crucial to successful writing. This workshop will teach you how to differentiate between common knowledge and information that must be cited to avoid plagiarism.

Writing Your Research Paper

February 14
You have just been assigned to write a research paper on a topic of your choice. “What am I going to write about?” “Where do I even start?” This workshop will not only help you generate ideas for a research paper, it will also offer you guidelines for clarifying and focusing your research.


cover letters to get the interview



February 17 and March 3
The cover letter is designed to get you the interview with the company or organization.  The resume’ provides the history, but the cover letter tells your story of who you are and how you will benefit their company. This workshop helps you fine-tune your cover letter.

how to analyze research articles




February 21 and March 21
Research is the foundation of academic inquiry, but research articles are notoriously difficult to understand. This workshop will teach you the tricks to navigating and understanding published research.



Grammar 101: Correcting Run-on Sentences

February 24
Do you keep seeing comments from your professors about too many run-ons and comma splices (aka fused sentences) in your essays? This workshop will illustrate what causes these errors and offer a strategy to eliminate them from your papers. A “tip sheet” is available at end of workshop.

Avoiding Wordiness

March 17 and 24
How do you meet a goal of a 2,000-word count or 10-page paper without repeating yourself? This workshop will offer ways and practice to eliminate wordiness and write more concisely. Also, you will learn how to expand your thesis or argument without expanding wordiness.

Grammar 101: Eliminating Awkward Sentences

March 28
In this session, learn how writers fall into traps where they make unintentional errors like faulty parallel structure (awkward sentence structure). Knowing how these errors usually occur will provide insight in how to avoid making them in your papers.


writing literature reviews and abstracts



April 4
Research articles in APA format, and occasionally Chicago and MLA, require both a literature review and an abstract before submission. This workshop will teach you how to identify, organize, and write both literature reviews and abstracts.


Incorporating Source Material in Your Research Paper

April 7
This workshop will illustrate how to incorporate sources seamlessly into your research paper, grammatically and with correct documentation in order to avoid plagiarism. You will be able to practice with some exercises. A "tip sheet" is available at end of workshop.

Revising and Editing

April 18 and 21
Revising and editing your papers can seem daunting. This workshop will differentiate between the two and provide various ways to look at your paper objectively and make changes to improve your drafts. A “tip sheet” is available at end of workshop.