Our workshops aren’t just about writing. They’re about curiosity and imagination, about using sources and expressing ideas, about being creative and thinking critically.
Led by experienced Writing Center consultants, each workshop offers an opportunity to work interactively on a particular thinking, reading, or writing skill. You don’t need to do anything to prepare for the workshop or bring anything except yourself and your interest. Workshops are open to anyone in the VCU community, and no registration is required.
Undergraduate Workshop Schedule
*We offer a variety of workshops throughout the fall and spring semesters on different topics such as turning a vague idea into a viable research question, understanding academic sources, and making the most out of personal statements.
*All workshops last approximately 50 minutes and will be located in the Writing Center satellite room of the Focused Inquiry Learning Lab (FILL) on the 5th floor of Harris Hall. No registration is required. Current workshop information is also posted on our Facebook page: www.facebook.com/VCUWritingCenter.
Writing Center Spring 2014 Undergraduate Workshops–Round Two: March 17 through April 2
“Inter-genre” Creative Writing Workshop
Monday, March 17, 24, and 31 at 11:00am
Do you have a creative writing piece that needs a little extra feedback? Have you been considering taking workshops but not sure you want to commit? Maybe you’re just looking to get some new ideas for your writing? An inter-genre workshop is a great place for all kinds of writers to encounter new perspectives and engage with a new audience. Encountering new genres and getting feedback from writers in other genres leads to exciting results. We will begin workshops with “automatic” and collaborative exercises, then read and discuss your pieces. Make sure to bring 2-3 pages of unfinished work in ANY genre. Poets, playwrights, science-fictionists, surrealists, experimentalists, novelists, beatniks, essayists, and so forth at any and all levels of experience are welcomed.
Oral Presentation and Academic Speaking
Monday, March 17 at 12:00pm and Thursday, March 20 at 12:30pm
Are you nervous at the prospect of speaking in front of your classmates? Does the mention of the word presentation make you anxious? Come to our workshop and learn the tricks of the trade for giving successful presentations. You will never have to picture your audience naked anymore!
Writing about Art: Examining Works of Art with a Critical Eye
Wednesday, March 19 & 26 and April 2 at 12:00pm
Art can be esoteric enough without having to write a “formal analysis” about it, but if you learn to look at art from a new perspective, you’ll begin to see the nuance of composition and the threads that connect one piece to another. In this workshop, we’ll hone your ability to write about any given work of art—to describe it, analyze it, and research it in a way that is clever and engaging. We’ll look at a variety of artworks and study their formal qualities and cultural contexts through an interactive session that will challenge you to perceive art in a new way. Students in this workshop will build their critical thinking skills no matter how experienced of writers they are.
The Secret Formula of Paragraphs
Monday, March 24 at 12:00pm and Thursday, March 27 at 12:30pm
Essays can be intimidating, but it’s not that hard to write an effective one if you can write strong paragraphs. Come find out about the secret formula to crafting your paragraphs. Join us in the discussion about the Claims-Evidence-Reasoning model, and learn how you can make yourself a clearer, more persuasive writer. You’ll wonder why you ever sweated essays in the first place!
Graduate Workshop Schedule
No registration is required, but seating room is limited.