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Workshop Schedule

Each workshop is offered Mondays and Wednesdays from 12:00-1:00PM. Students can register for workshops using WCONLINE. Workshops are offered in-person on Mondays and via Zoom on Wednesdays, 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 either In-Person or ONLINE 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 writingcenter@nsu.edu, or click here to complete a Faculty Workshop Request form.

Click here to download a Workshops Fall 2021 Calendar - pdf.

General Services

September 1, 3, and 8
In this 30-minute session, students will learn about what services the Writing Center provides students, faculty, and staff. Learn how to create an account on WCONLINE, make appointments, and register for workshops.

 

Professional Communication: Email Netiquette

September 13 and 15
Emails are another opportunity to make a good first impression, so you want to make sure you make a positive one with your email communication in academic and workplace environments. This 45-minute workshop explains the basic rules of email etiquette when communicating with your professors and beyond.

 

overcoming writer's block

September 20 and 22
In this 30-minute workshop, we will discuss writing anxiety, identify its sources, and offer strategies to hel ppyou overcome writer's block and anxiety in order to write with greater ease.

outlining methods for essays

September 20 and 22
Whether you create an outline first or after your essay draft, outlining is a strategy for getting started or organizing your paper. In this 30-minute workshop, you will learn the different types of outlining methods.

Better Brainstorming & Essay Planning Techniques

September 27 and 29
Having trouble getting started? Can’t come up with any ideas for your essay? This 45-minute 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

October 4 and 6
More is expected in college for writing sophisticated thesis statements. This 45-minute 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.

multi-paragraph essays

October 11 and 13
How do you know when to begin a new paragraph? In this 30-minute workshop, you will learn the components of multi-paragraph essays and strategies for drafting introductions, body paragraphs, and conclusions.

 

basics of good writing

October 11 and 13
This 30-minute workshop 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.

Writing Your Research Paper

October 18 and 20
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 45-minute workshop will not only help you generate ideas for a research paper, it will also offer you guidelines for clarifying and focusing your research.

 

Incorporating Source Material in Your Research Paper

October 25 and 27
This 45-minute 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.

 

 

Writing Concisely and Avoiding Wordiness

November 1 and 3
How do you meet a goal of a 2,000-word count or 10-page paper without repeating yourself? This 30-minute workshop will offer the student ways and practice to eliminate wordiness and write more concisely. Also, students will learn how to expand their thesis/argument without expanding wordiness.

 

Grammar 101: eliminating awkward sentences (Parallel Structure)

November 1 and 3
In this 30-minute workshop earn 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 into how to avoid making them in your papers.

Grammar 101: Sentence Fragments

November 8 and 10
You already know the basic rules of avoiding sentence fragments, but college-level writing requires more complex sentence structure and sophistication. Thus, new types of errors tend to appear.  This 30-minute workshop will illustrate the types of complex sentences that may cause students to construct these sentence fragments. Understanding the causes will help the students eliminate those pesky fragments in their writing. A “tip sheet” is available at end of workshop.

Grammar 101: correcting run-on sentences

November 8 and 10
Do you keep seeing comments from your professors about too many run-ons and comma splices (aka fused sentences) in your essays? This 30-minute 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.

 

 

Grammar 101: Subject/Verb Agreement

November 15 and 17
In this 30-minute session, learn how writers fall into traps where they make unintentional errors in subject/verb agreement. Knowing how these errors usually occur will provide insight into how to avoid making them in your papers. A “tip sheet” is available at end of workshop.

 

Grammar 101: pronoun/antecedent Agreement
(is it "she gave her paper" or "their paper" to him?)

November 15 and 17
In this 30-minute session, learn how writers fall into traps where they make unintentional errors in pronoun/antecedent agreement (use of he, she, or they with his, her, their). Knowing how these errors usually occur will provide insight into how to avoid making them in your papers. A “tip sheet” is available at end of workshop.

apa basics, mla basics

November 22 and 29
No student will escape college without having used either MLA or APA styles (or other styles) for major papers. This 30-minute 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.

Revising and Editing

December 1 adn 2 (Thursday)
Revising and editing your papers can seem daunting. This 45-minute 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.

Cover Letters That Get You the Interview

December 6 and 8
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 45-minute workshop helps you fine-tune your cover letter.