Write Stuff Workshop Series

New for Spring 2022, the UWC is now offering in-person workshops in our Cavanaugh Hall 427 space! These 75-minute interactive workshops are modeled after our most requested classroom workshops. Participants will engage in active learning around writing-related topics. All workshops will be facilitated by a couple of our friendly, knowledgeable, and highly trained undergraduate and graduate writing consultants.

The Write Stuff Workshops support our mission to mentor and empower writers, encourage self-reflection and critical thinking, and promote a broad understanding of writing, language, and literacy. For more information or to request a calendar reminder to any of the following workshop dates, please reach out to us at uwc@iupui.edu. Be sure to include the words “Write Stuff” in the email subject line.

Exploring Your Writing Process

M 2/7, W 2/9, M 3/28, & W 3/30 in Cavanaugh Hall 427 from 12-1:15 pm

The facilitators will help writers define what all goes in to a writing process, provide different writing process examples, then ask writers to map their own writing processes. The goal of this workshop is to 1) deconstruct some common myths about writing that can cause writing anxiety/block and 2) give writers an awareness of their own process so that they can more meaningfully intervene in their processes and develop and grow as writers.

This workshop is useful at any time in the writing/assignment process. Processes will vary from semester-to-semester or assignment-to-assignment, so mapping your process frequently will produce different and enlightening results each time.

Thesis-Driven Writing

M 2/14, W 2/16, M 4/4, & W 4/6 in Cavanaugh Hall 427 from 12-1:15 pm

The facilitators will share the components of an argument, focusing on the role of thesis statements. The participants will then review the ways a thesis is connected to the overall structure of the essay. An important emphasis of the workshop is that all thesis statements are “working thesis statements,” which means that the focus of an essay may change during the writing process. Participants will be given time to draft a thesis statement to guide ongoing writing.

This workshop is useful once a writer has a particular writing assignment or task where a thesis is required. Ideally participants will have some narrowed ideas of a topic to help them draft working theses.

Understanding Citation Practices & Avoiding Plagiarism

M 2/21, W 2/23, & W 4/13 in Cavanaugh Hall 427 from 12-1:15 pm

The facilitators will addresses the relationship between plagiarism and citations using real life examples and sources, and go on to present information about the various reasons writers plagiarize, including but not limited to culturally specific expectations for citation, confusion about citation practices, stress, and time management concerns. Most importantly, this workshop provides time for students to work on their own citations and introduces them to important resources and guides participants through strategies to avoid plagiarism.

This workshop is useful once writers have collected source material for a specific writing assignment or task. Participants will be asked to reference these materials during the workshop.

Incorporating Sources: Note-taking, Summarizing, and Paraphrasing

M 2/28 (CANCELED), W3/2, M 4/18, & W 4/20 in Cavanaugh Hall 427 from 12-1:15 pm

The facilitators will share various notetaking strategies with participants, asking them to try several during the workshop. Participants will be asked to practice with both model materials and their own research sources. Methods include annotating reading, creating double-entry journals, and making notecards.

This workshop is useful once writers have collected and begun reading through source material for a specific writing assignment or task. Participants will be asked to take notes from these sources during the workshop.

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