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Workshop Schedule

Each 45-minute workshop is offered Mondays and Wednesdays from 11:00-12:00PM. Students can register for workshops using WCONLINE. Workshops are offered via Zoom, and the 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 Writing Center Workshops. 

Faculty and staff may request these workshops to be offered during class time if writing consultants are available at requested times. You can call 757-823-2271 or email, or click here to complete a Faculty Workshop Request form.


General Services

January 29, February 1 and 3
Learn about the services the Writing Center can provide students, faculty, and staff. Learn how to make appointments and register for workshops using WCONLINE.

Blocking Anxiety & Building Confidence in Writing

February 5, 8, and 10
In this workshop, we will discuss writing anxiety, identify its sources, and help you learn strategies to help overcome it and write with greater ease. 

Professional Communication: Email Netiquette

February 15 and 17
Impressions are made about the sender via emails, so you want to make sure you make a positive impression with your email communication in academic and workplace environments. This workshop explains the basic rules of email etiquette when communicating with your professors and beyond.

Better Brainstorming & Essay Planning Techniques

February22 and 24
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.

How to Craft a Good Thesis Statement

March 1 and 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.

Writing Your Research Paper

March 8 and 10; April 12 and 14
You have just been tasked with writing 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.

Writing Concisely and Avoiding Wordiness

March 15 and 17
Too often, students attempt to meet a total word goal because their professors instructed that they write a 10-page or 2,000+ word research paper.  What not to do is repeat the same ideas throughout your paper to increase the pages or the words. This workshop will offer you ways and practice to eliminate wordiness and write more concisely. Also, you will learn ways to expand your thesis/argument without expanding wordiness.

Incorporating Source Material in Your Research Paper

March 22 and 24
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.

Grammar 101: Sentence Fragments, Run-ons, Comma Splices

March 29 and 31
You already know the basic rules of avoiding sentence fragments, run-ons, and comma splices (aka fused sentences), but college-level writing requires more complex sentence structure and sophistication. Thus, new types of errors tend to appear.  Learn some quick and easy ways to eliminate those pesky sentence fragments, run-ons, and comma splices in your writing. A “tip sheet” is available at end of workshop.

Grammar 101: Subject/Verb Agreement, Parallel Structure, Pronoun/Antecedent Agreement

April 5 and 7
Learn how writers fall into traps where they make unintentional errors in subject/verb agreement, parallel structure (awkward sentence structure), and pronoun/antecedent agreement (use of he, she, or they).  Knowing how these errors usually occur will provide insight into how to avoid making them in your papers.

Revising and Editing

April 9, 21, and 26
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 papers. A “tip sheet” is available at end of workshop.

Cover Letters That Get You the Interview

April 28, May 3 and 5
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.

MLA and APA Basics of Documentation and Formatting

Upon Request
No student will escape college without having used either MLA or APA styles (or other styles) for major papers. This workshop will show you ways to locate resources that aid in documenting different types of sources, formatting different types of papers, and avoiding plagiarism.