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Undergraduate and Graduate Workshops

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


Our workshops last approximately 50 minutes and are held in the Writing Center satellite room of the Focused Inquiry Learning Lounge (FILL) on the 5th floor of Harris Hall, unless otherwise noted. No registration is required. Current workshop information is also posted on our Facebook page: www.facebook.com/VCUWritingCenter.

Peer Review and You: As Peer and Reviewer

Do you know how to be the best peer reviewer for your classmates? Do you know what type of feedback to ask for in peer review assignments? This workshop will present some ways to be a productive reader in peer review assignments. Students will receive feedback on a piece of their current writing as they practice peer review skills. Please bring a hard copy of a current paper to work with.
Thursdays, April 2, 9, and 16 at 2 pm

Personal Statements: A Hands On Approach to Writing About You!
Sponsored in partnership with VCU Career Services

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 re-imagining 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.
February 24 at 3pm, Forum Room
March 25 at 11am, ALC 4100
April 7 at 11am, Virginia Room A
April 14 at 1pm, Alumni Boardroom

Graduate Workshop Schedule

Seating is limited for graduate workshops, so please contact Lori Floyd-Miller to pre-register (lafloyd@vcu.edu).

Start Making Sense: Writing Strong Reflective Essays
In reflective writing, the writer is trying to convey the thinking that has been done while carrying out a particular practical activity, such as performing an experiment, teaching a class, or selling a product. Through reflection, the writer should be able to make sense of what was accomplished and why—and perhaps help him or herself, or other writers, do it better in the future.
Monday, April 6, 4:00-5:00pm, Academic Learning Commons, Room 4100

Selling Your Work: Writing Effective Abstracts, Introductions, and Proposals
Selling your work–be it to a publisher, a professor, or a funding committee–involves getting the critical distance necessary to think from the reader’s perspective. Abstracts, proposals, and introductions can all be seen as specialty documents created for readers and with a specific purpose. Our goal today is to give you a conceptual model for understanding and meeting readers’ needs.
Wednesday, April 8, 11:00am-12:00pm, Academic Learning Commons, Room 4100