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For the Fall 2021 term, the Writing Center will present workshops both on campus and virtually to help you polish up your essays, write your discussion board posts, and learn to work through any stage of the writing process. Each semester we present a four-part workshop series, "The APA Research Paper," which will break down the process of writing an APA style research paper.

 

 Virtual workshops can be accessed at

https://us.bbcollab.com/guest/36d830c54e6c4f3985ebfff08cd7a806

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There is no registration required. Below, you will find session descriptions, as well as dates and times. Please contact the Writing Center through the Student Success Commons's main number: (708) 534-4090 with any questions.

  • Grad School Projects: Captsones, Theses, and Dissertations

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    As the culminating project of a master's degree program, a successful capstone, thesis, or dissertation requires discipline, research, and skillful reading. This workshop is ideal for grad students looking for a detailed explanation of the process of researching and writing a major project, its various chapters, and tips on refining your work.

     

    Grad School Projects: Capstones, Theses, and Dissertations

     

    Thursday, September 30, 2021 from 7:30-8:30 p.m. (Virtual)

    Wednesday, November 17, 2021 from 6:00-7:00 p.m. (On Campus)

     

     

     

    The virtual workshop and be accessed at the following link:

    https://us.bbcollab.com/guest/36d830c54e6c4f3985ebfff08cd7a806  

  • The Research Process

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    Understanding how to conduct research is an integral part of every academic discipline. Students who attend this workshop will learn how to craft a strong research paper, focusing on each step of the process from brainstorming ideas to searching for scholarly sources to support your ideas.

     

    The Research Process

    Thursday, September 16, 2021 from 3:00-4:00 p.m. (On Campus)

    Monday, November 29, 2021 from 11:00-Noon (On Campus)

     

     

  • All About Verbs

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    Verbs are the secret ingredient of strong, effective writing. Selecting the right verb in the proper tense can elevate a sentence and transform an entire piece of writing. In this workshop, we will review verb tenses and study the way verbs function within sentences to provide clarity and conciseness.

     

    All About Verbs

    Monday, November 15, 2021 from 5:00-6:00 p.m. (Virtual)

     

    This is a virtual workshop and be accessed at the following link:

    https://us.bbcollab.com/guest/36d830c54e6c4f3985ebfff08cd7a806  

  • Conciseness in Writing

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    Effective writing relies on a writer's ability to convey thoughts and ideas using just the right words. In this workshop, we will provide tips on ways to edit your writing, from eliminating redundancy and "to be" verbs to selecting the most precise words.

     

    Conciseness in Writing

     Monday, November 1, 2021 from 5:00-6:00 p.m. (Virtual) 

    This is a virtual workshop and be accessed at the following link:

    https://us.bbcollab.com/guest/36d830c54e6c4f3985ebfff08cd7a806  

  • Finding Your Focus

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    Finding exactly what you want to write about and understanding why you want to write about are both important. Putting that information into writing is a key part of a successful piece of writing. In this session, we will discuss arriving at and writing a focus statement.   

     

    Finding Your Focus:


    Finding Your Focus Powerpoint


    Tuesday, September 7, 2021 from 2:00-3:00 p.m. (Virtual)

    Wednesday, October 6, 2021 from 7:00-8:00 p.m. (Virtual)

     

     


    This is a virtual workshop and be accessed at the following link:

    https://us.bbcollab.com/guest/36d830c54e6c4f3985ebfff08cd7a806



     

  • Organizing Your Writing

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    Shaping your writing in a way that is easy for the reader to follow will make your writing more effective. This workshop will help you determine where your own writing might "go off the path" and guide you toward organizing your work in the best manner possible. 

     

    Organizing Your Ideas:

     

    Thursday, September 9, 2021 from 2:00-3:00 p.m. (Virtual)

    Monday, October 4, 2021 from 5:00-6:00 p.m. (On Campus)

     

     

    The virtual workshop can be accessed at the following link:

    https://us.bbcollab.com/guest/36d830c54e6c4f3985ebfff08cd7a806

     

     
       
     
     

       

     

  • Mastering Literature Reviews

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    Whether you are writing a literature review as a stand-alone assignment or as a chapter of a graduate thesis or dissertation, understanding the format, purpose, and organization of a literature review will serve you well in your research. This workshop clarifies all aspects of the literature review.

     

    Mastering Literature Reviews 
    Tuesday, September 14, 2021 from 2:00-3:00 p.m. (Virtual)
    Thursday, October 7, 2021 from 7:00-8:00 p.m. (Virtual)
    Thursday, November 4, 2021 from 3:00-4:00 p.m. (On Campus)

     

     

     

    The virtual workshop can be accessed at the following link:

    https://us.bbcollab.com/guest/36d830c54e6c4f3985ebfff08cd7a806

     

     Power Point Presentation: Mastering Literature Reviews  

     

     

     



     

     

     

  • Supporting Your Ideas

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    Giving your reader enough information to understand and believe what you wrote is very important. This workshop will discuss the elements of successful writing: giving definitions of specialized language, providing examples that make a point, and perhaps even relying on outside sources to support your work. 

     

    Supporting Your Ideas:


    Monday, September 20, 2021 from 11:00-Noon (On Campus)

    Wednesday, October 27, 2021 from 7:00-8:00 p.m. (Virtual)

     

    The virtual workshop can be accessed at the following link:

    https://us.bbcollab.com/guest/36d830c54e6c4f3985ebfff08cd7a806  



    Supporting Your Writing Powerpoint





     

     

  • Style and Mechanics

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    One of the ways that readers determine that a writer is "reliable" and "educated" is grammatically correct writing. This workshop will provide methods for proofreading your work to find and correct these kinds of errors in your writing.  

     

    Styles and Mechanics:

    Thursday, October 7, 2021 from 2:00-3:00 p.m. (Virtual)
    Wednesday, October 27, 2021 from Noon-1:00 p.m. (On Campus) 


    This virtual workshop can be can accessed at the following link:

    https://us.bbcollab.com/guest/36d830c54e6c4f3985ebfff08cd7a806


     
     

     

     

  • The APA Research Paper: Getting Started

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    Make a plan and make the grade! This workshop will show you how to find the resources that you need to write an almost stress-free research paper. Included will be discussions of analyzing the assignment to make certain your paper is on target; APA documentation styles and where to find the templates and information that make it so much easier; and the importance of developing a focus statement to make organizing the paper a snap. 
    Getting Started Powerpoint
     
    The Research Paper: Getting Started:  Session 1

    Wednesday, September 8, 2021 from 7:00-8:00 p.m. (Virtual)

    Tuesday, October 5, 2021 from 2:00-3:00 p.m. (On Campus)

    Thursday, October 21, 2021 from 7:00-8:00 p.m. (Virtual)

    Tuesday, October 26, 2021 from Noon-1:00 p.m. (On Campus)

     

    The virtual workshops can be accessed at the following link:

    https://us.bbcollab.com/guest/36d830c54e6c4f3985ebfff08cd7a806  



     


     

  • The APA Research Paper: Mastering APA Documentation Style

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    From templates to make formatting a snap, crediting sources in your paper, to following rules about contractions, this workshop will help you navigate APA formatting and style. If APA makes you nervous, come to this workshop!
     APA Style Powerpoint
     
    Mastering APA Documentation Style:  Session 2

    Wednesday, September 15, 2021 from 7:00-8:00 p.m. (Virtual)

    Tuesday, October 8, 2021 from 6:00-7:00 p.m. (On Campus)

    Thursday, October 28, 2021 from 7:30-8:30 p.m. (Virtual)

    Tuesday, November 2, 2021 from Noon-1:00p.m. (On Campus)

    Tuesday, November 30, 2021 from 2:00-03:00 p.m. (Virtual)

     

     

    The virtual workshops can can be accessed at the following link:

    https://us.bbcollab.com/guest/36d830c54e6c4f3985ebfff08cd7a806

     

     


     

     

     

     
     

  • The APA Research Paper: How to Use Your Sources without Plagiarizing: Paraphrasing without Pain

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    This workshop will show you how to paraphrase your sources so that you don’t plagiarize, as well as show you how to credit each source properly. Included will be discussion of plagiarism and ways to make absolutely certain that you avoid it, and the easiest way to properly format your Reference Page.  
    Paraphrasing and Citing Powerpoint 
     

    How to Use Your Sources without Plagiarizing - Paraphrasing without Pain:  Session 3

    Wednesday, September 22, 2021 from 7:00-8:00 p.m. (Virtual)

    Tuesday, October 19, 2021 from 3:00-4:00 p.m. (On Campus)

    Thursday, November 4, 2021 from 7:30-8:30 p.m. (Virtual)

    Tuesday, November 9, 2021 from 12:30-1:30 p.m. (On Campus)

     

     

     

    The virtual workshops can can be accessed at the following link:

    https://us.bbcollab.com/guest/36d830c54e6c4f3985ebfff08cd7a806

     

     

     



     

  • The APA Research Paper: Finishing Touches

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    Almost finished with the research paper, but not quite? This workshop will show you what to look for to make certain that you submit a winning paper; an editing checklist to show you what to look for and resources to provide knowledgeable revision suggestions will be offered.  
    Finishing Touches Powerpoint 

     

    The Research Paper:  Finishing Touches: Session 4

     Wednesday, September 29, 2021 from 7:00-8:00 p.m. (Virtual)

    Thursday, October 28, 2021 from 3:00-4:00 p.m. (On Campus)

    Thursday, November 11, 2021 from 8:00-9:00 p.m. (Virtual)

    Tuesday, November 16, 2021 from 12:30-1:30 p.m. (On Campus)


    The virtual workshops can be accessed at the following link:

    https://us.bbcollab.com/guest/36d830c54e6c4f3985ebfff08cd7a806

     

  • Writing Responses, Reflections, Essays, and Strong Discussion Posts

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    Boost the power of your informal class writing with this workshop. Discussions of the resources available, plans for approaching the writing, and ways to power them up will lead to making your contributions really count. 
    Writing Strong Discussion Board Posts, Reflections, Critical Reviews, and Essays Powerpoint

     

    Writing Responses, Reflections, and Strong Discussion Board Posts

     Monday, September 27, 2021 from 2:00-3:00 p.m. (Virtual)

    Wednesday, October 20, 2021 from 7:00-8:00 p.m. (Virtual)

     

     

    These are virtual workshops and can be accessed at the following link:

    https://us.bbcollab.com/guest/36d830c54e6c4f3985ebfff08cd7a806  



     

  • Winning Essays for Standardized Tests, Scholarships, and Graduate Admission Applications

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    Are you thinking about applying for a scholarship? Need to write an essay for admission to graduate school? Boost your chances with a winning essay. Showcase your strengths and talents so the selection committee will be certain that you are the best choice. This workshop will offer the "dos and don'ts" for writing a good essay, help you develop a plan, and provide sources for further one-on-one help during the process.

     

    Winning Essays for Standardized Tests, Scholarships, and Graduate School Admission Applications
     
     Tuesday, November 9, 2021 from 4:00-5:00 p.m. (On Campus)