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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


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 Lounge (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.

Summer Reading Workshops on Dave Eggers’ The Circle

Wednesdays, September 3, 10, 17, from 1:00pm – 1:50pm

Wednesday, September 3, from 2:00pm – 2:50pm

Thursdays, September 4, 11, 18, 25, from 3:00pm – 3:50pm

Graduate Workshop Schedule

Grad workshops are held in Blair House, 408 W. Franklin St., room 109. Seating is limited, so please contact Lori Floyd-Miller to 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.
Thursday, September 25, 3:00-4:00pm

Selling Your Work: Writing Effective Abstracts, Introductions, and Proposals
Selling your work 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, October 15, 12:00-1:00pm
Tuesday, November 4, 4:00-5:00pm