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 many different topics such as turning a topic 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 room 1103 of the new Academic Learning Commons. No registration is required. Current workshop information is also posted on our Facebook page: www.facebook.com/VCUWritingCenter.
Writing Center Fall 2013 Undergraduate Workshop Series, Round Three (November 4-21)
Let’s Get Personal: How to Market Yourself in a Personal Statement
Mondays: November 4, 11, and 18; 2:00-3:00pm, room 4113 MCALC. Thursdays: November 7, 14, and 21; 2:00-3:00pm; room 5116 Harris Hall.
Oh no! You compiled all of your materials and now you have to–GULP–write a personal statement. The prompt is so vague, and they only want 500 words or less. Where do you even begin? It shouldn’t be this hard, right? It’s just a scholarship essay-letter of interest-internship application-your future in med-law-grad school. Wow, that is intimidating, particularly when you’ve always been encouraged to “remove the I” from your writing. Never fear, a workshop is here; we will focus on how to go at that prompt, provide an appropriate engaging example, and do it in 500 words or less. By reimagining the personal statement as a marketing strategy, you will discover how to think about yourself and your experiences from a businesslike perspective. We’ll discuss how to sell yourself through descriptive, demonstrative, and extra concise language so the reader really understands why you’re the right choice.
Ex-citing Citations: Formatting and Integrating Sources into Your Research Paper
Wednesdays: November 6, 13, and 20; 10am-11am and 11am-Noon, room 4113 MCALC.
This workshop will provide an overview of the ethics of citation and avoiding plagiarism, followed by a tutorial regarding MLA mechanics for integrating sources. The workshop will include examples of student writing as well as scholarly writing for students to examine. We will examine some major differences between APA and MLA and we will examine the benefits and drawbacks of creating an MLA style Works Cited page using RefWorks.
The Secret Formula of Paragraphs
Wednesdays: November 6 and 13; 11am-Noon; room 5116 Harris Hall. Thursdays: November 6, 14, and 21; 9am-10am, room 5116 Harris Hall.
It is not that hard to write a good essay if you can write good paragraphs. That’s why you need to know about the secret formula to craft your paragraphs. Come and join us in the discussion about the “Claim-Evidence-Reasoning” model, and learn how you can make yourself a better writer.
Graduate Workshop Schedule
No registration is required, but seating room is limited. All workshops will be held in a new space this coming year (details TBA).