Writing Center Support For Your Class
However small, connections made between the Writing Center and writing-intensive classes are profoundly influential to students’ future interactions with the Center. If you are interested in having your students learn about the Writing Center or in having Writing Center staff visit your classroom for a writing workshop, please consider the options outlined below.
Feel free to contact Alicia Brazeau with any questions or requests.
Introduction to the Writing Center
You can either request Writing Center staff to visit your classroom, or arrange for your class to visit us. We will introduce students to our services, talk about what to expect when meeting with a consultant, and discuss how working with the Center might be useful to them. Approximately 15 minutes.
Facilitated Peer Review
We are also happy to send a team of writing consultants to your class to help facilitate peer review. Consultants will lead each review group, helping guide them through the review process, prompting more focused, effective questions, and assisting discussion of revision.
All of our workshops are activity-based and seek to introduce students to writing and revising strategies that they can use to craft stronger, more nuanced writing for assignments in your course. Since the content and form of writing assignments varies so broadly across disciplines and classes, we do not instruct students in genre-based conventions; we do, however, welcome your participation in the workshop if you would like to point out (or reinforce) how your students might adapt strategies to the specific parameters of your assignment.
All workshops consist of: a brief lecture of the writing or revision technique, work time, and a concluding discussion focused on “next steps.” Workshops take approximately 30 minutes, depending on the amount of work time you would like to allow.
Pre-Writing: Outlining and Mapping
This workshop introduces students to a few methods for outlining the content and organization of an essay, and emphasizes the necessity of considering the connections between and progression of ideas.
Pre-Writing: Thesis Design
This workshop covers thesis-writing basics, helping students move beyond the five-paragraph-essay thesis. Students will practice designing and drafting supportable, complex thesis statements.
Drafting: Summarizing, Paraphrasing, and Quoting
This workshop helps students practice appropriate and effective incorporation of source material into an essay in the form of summaries, paraphrases, and quotes. It can specifically address APA, MLA, or Chicago Style citations.
Revising: Reverse Outlining
This workshop teaches students the process of reverse outlining: creating a detailed outline of the ideas and topics already present in a written draft. Reverse outlining is a revision technique that not only helps writers re-organize, but also helps them evaluate how well each piece of a text fits into the larger discussion, determine places that need development or elimination, and create better topic sentences and transitions.
Revising: Making Writing More Concise
This workshop teaches students strategies for making their writing more concise, including reducing word count and honing word choice and sentence structure.