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LRC READING/WRITING WORKSHOPS

Learning Workshops:

Reading, writing, or presenting focused workshops for CSUN students offer opportunities to refine skills for any stage of the crafting process, from close reading texts to proofreading final drafts. 

Click below to read about / sign up for our learning workshops!

(For information on UDWPE workshops, please click here.)

Students 10 or more minutes late will not be admitted to workshops.

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Mastering the Text: Close Reading and Annotation - Completed for fall; check back in spring 2020

 

Reading in college is a challenging activity, but there are strategies you can use to navigate these texts smoothly. Come to the Close Reading and Annotation workshop where you will gain skills to help you:

  • Read actively, not passively
  • Use an effective multiple pass approach
  • Work smarter, not longer, with annotation/note taking
  • Think critically about the text, asking questions, and making connections to other texts, theories, and ideas.

 Day/Time: Monday, September 9th at 2:30pm
Location:  LRC, 3rd Floor, Oviatt Library
Presenter: Melissa

Summarizing, Paraphrasing, and Quoting: How to Integrate Seamlessly - Completed for fall; check back in spring 2020

Summarizing, Paraphrasing, and Quoting: How to Integrate Seamlessly

Everyone knows that they need to use evidence from source materials in academic writing, but knowing when and how to use them will add credibility and complexity to your writing. Come to this workshop on summarizing, paraphrasing, and quoting where you will learn:

  • The key difference between these three methods of source integration
  • When to use the different methods
  • How to use them accurately and effectively
  • Why it matters!

Day/Time: Wednesday, September 11th at 3:30pm
Location:  LRC, 3rd Floor, Oviatt Library
Presenter:

Completed for fall 2019 - check back next semester

The Essay Refresh - Completed for fall; check back in spring 2020

The Essay Refresh

Has it been a while since you had to complete a formal writing assignment? Do you need a refresher on the basics of college-level essay crafting? Come join us at the Essay Refresh where you will learn about:

  • The fundamentals of essay structure
  • Strategies for development
  • Organizational tips

Date and Time:   Monday, September 23rd, 3:30pm

Location:  LRC, 3rd Floor, Oviatt Library 
Presenter:     

Writing Powerful Paragraphs - Completed for fall; check back in spring 2020

Paragraph like a pro!

In the powerful paragraphs workshop, our goal is to help you understand the rules of unification and coherence so that you can learn to craft well-developed, cohesive paragraphs that readers can follow with ease no matter your writing situation. We will discuss:

  • Common Traits
  • Controlling Ideas
  • Transitions
  • Ways to Arrange Paragraphs
  • Development and Length

Join us!

Date and Time: Tuesday, September 24th, 4:30pm

Location: LRC Classroom, 3rd Floor, Oviatt Library 
Presenter:  

Crafting a Standout Personal Statement - Completed for fall; check back in spring 2020

Crafting a Standout Personal Statement 

Applying to graduate school but not sure how to approach the personal statement? Need some help "promoting yourself"? Wondering what is the difference between personal statement, statement of purpose, and goal statement?

Come find answers to all of these questions and more at the Personal Statement Workshop! We will discuss the form, content, and style of one of the most important documents you will ever write. 

Day/Time: Wednesday, October 2nd, 4:00pm

Location:  LRC, 3rd Floor, Oviatt Library
Presenter: Loretta

 

 

Working with Sources - Completed for fall; check back in spring 2020

Working with Sources

Academic assignments often call for you to locate, assess, and implement a variety of quality sources from multiple locations and mediums. Using sources effectively is hard work, but luckily the LRC has some tips and tricks to help you along the way. Come to the Working with Sources workshop where we will help you to:

  • Find quality sources
  • Keep track of where you are getting sources
  • Evaluate the sources you have found
  • Incorporate those sources into your writing
  • Cite those sources responsibly.

Date and Time:  Thursday, October 3rd at 4:00pm
Location:  LRC, 3rd Floor, Oviatt Library 

Presenter:  Melissa         

 

How to Produce Good Writing that Works and Flows - Completed for fall; check back in spring 2020

 Good Writing that Works and Flows

Join us for this dynamic workshop where you will learn rhetorical moves that will help you create effective, fluid writing. We will cover:

  • Transitions and Bridges (sentence to sentence and paragraph to paragraph)
  • Connections (to research and ideas)
  • Signal Phrases
  • Topic Sentences and Concluding Sentences

Day/Time: Wednesday, October 16th, 3:30pm

Location:  LRC, 3rd Floor, Oviatt Library
Presenter:  Loretta

Click here to join us for Good Writing that Works and Flows

Avoiding the Top Five Grammar Errors - Completed for fall; check back in spring 2020

Avoiding the 5 Most Common Grammar Errors
Are you struggling with run-ons and fragments? Confused about punctuation? In our “Avoiding the Five Most Common Errors” workshop, you will learn:
• How to correct run-ons
• When to use commas and apostrophes
• How to identify incomplete sentences
• How to avoid commonly misused words
• How to find and fix errors on your own

Date and Time:  Thursday October 17th at 3:30pm

Location: LRC, 3rd Floor, Oviatt Library 
Presenter:     Melissa

Click here to learn how to avoid the most common grammar errors

 

Finding Frequent Grammar Errors for Non-Native English Speakers - Completed for fall; check back in spring 2020

Grammar Errors for non-native English speakers

Are you having trouble with grammar when you write in English? Could you use some strategies for locating the grammar mistakes in your essays and assignments? Come get help with:

  • Noun-Verb Agreement
  • Verb Tense
  • Gerunds and Infinitives
  • Count/Non-Count Nouns
  • Articles

Date and Time: Monday October 21st at 2:30pm

Location:  LRC, 3rd Floor, Oviatt Library 
Presenter:   Melissa

Click here to join us for the workshop on the most common grammar errors for non-native English speakers

Writing the Annotated Bibliography - Completed for fall; check back in spring 2020

The Annotated Bibliography

Getting started on some research? 

Need to write an annotated bibliography, but aren't sure how?

Want help with formatting and requirements for this genre?

Come learn why you've been asked to write an annotated bibliography and what information it should include.

**You will leave this workshop with templates that will help you format your work correctly every time!

Day/Time: Monday October 28th at 2:30pm

Location:  LRC, 3rd Floor, Oviatt Library
Presenter:   Melissa

Click here to learn how to write your annotated bibliography

The Literature Review - Completed for fall; check back in spring 2020

Writing the Literature Review

Assigned a literature review and not sure where to begin? Come to this workshop, which will teach you:

  • What the purpose of a literature review actually is
  • How to create a focus for your lit review
  • How to smoothly integrate sources into your writing
  • What synthesis is and how to"do" it
  • Correct formatting

Date and Time:  Wednesday October 30th at 2:00pm

Location:  LRC, Oviatt Library 

Presenter:  Loretta

Click here to enroll in the Literature Review workshop

Writing a Winning Scholarship Essay - Now enrolling!

One thing that practically every college student could use is more money to put towards their educational expenses, yet many scholarships every year go unclaimed. Stop letting procrastination and intimidation get in the way! Go for that scholarship! Come let us help you get started. We will discuss:

  • Formatting – what should it look like? What shape should it take?
  • Content – What do I include? What can I leave out?
  • Tone and Language – How to be yourself and be “academic”
  • The Writing Process – We will walk you through the steps, from brainstorming to proofreading

Date and Time:  Tuesday November 12th at 2:30pm

Location:  LRC, 3rd Floor, Oviatt Library 
Presenter:  Trista

Click here to enroll in the scholarship essay workshop on November 12th

Understanding MLA Formatting - Now Enrolling!

MLA Formatting

You've worked hard on your paper.  Make sure your research is carefully presented in the correct format. 

This workshop will help you follow MLA format in your parenthetical citations, your list of works cited, and the incorporation of evidence into your discussion. Hands on and interactive - if you are working on an assignment, feel free to bring it! **You will leave this workshop with templates that will help you format your work correctly every time!

Date and Time:   Monday, November 18th at 2:00pm

Location:  LRC, 3rd Floor,  Oviatt Library

Presenter:  Melissa

Click here to come learn the MLA basics and create your own MLA essay template

Understanding APA Formatting - Now Enrolling!

APA Formatting Workshop

If you have questions about APA format--the running heads, the references, the parenthetical citations, and the general writing style--this workshop is for you. 

* Basic formatting for documents and references

* How to cite correctly within your text

* How to integrate sources into your writing

**You will leave this workshop with templates that will help you format your work correctly every time!

If you are already working on something, feel free to bring it! (This is not necessary, however)

Date and Time:  Tuesday, October 19th at 2:00pm

Location:  LRC, Oviatt Library 

Presenter:  Melissa

Click here to come learn about APA basics and leave with your own essay template

Proofread Like a Professional - Now Enrolling!

Are you looking for strategies to polish and perfect your writing? This one-hour workshop will provide you with techniques for proofing your assignment before you hand it in.

This workshop will:

  • Clarify the difference between proofreading and revision
  • Explain the importance of carefully and critically re-reading your work
  • Introduce you to proofreading tools and tricks that allow you to find and fix your errors

Date and Time:  Tuesday November 25th at 2:30pm

Location:  LRC, 3rd Floor, Oviatt Library 
Presenter:  Loretta

Click here to sign up for the proofreading workshop 

Strategies for Revision - Now Enrolling!

Strategies for Revision

To revise means to "see again" and this process is exactly what we hope to teach you in our hands on, how to workshop about the art of revising your work!

We will cover how to check for/work on:

  • Difference between revision and proofreading 
  • Prompt address and synthesis of information
  • Balance between various elements of essay
  • Focus consistency
  • Organization and order
  • Development and detail
  • Closing clearly and correctly

Jon us!

Date and Time: Thursday November 21st at 5:00pm

Location:  LRC, 3rd Floor, Oviatt Library 
Presenter:  Loretta

Click here to sign up for the revision workshop on Thursday November 21st

Creating a Powerful Resume *Coming soon!*

Creating a Powerful Résumé 
Applying for a job? Competing for an internship? Working on an admissions packet for grad school and need to spruce up your work history? Come to the LRC and learn how to put your best foot forward, on the page, in our résumé /cv workshop! This workshop provides detailed explanations, as well step-by-step processes, for creating an effective and attention grabbing résumé /cv.

If you are already working on something, feel free to bring it! (This is not necessary, however)


Date and Time:  
Location: LRC, 3rd Floor, Oviatt Library 
Presenter: 

Creating Great Cover Letters *Coming soon!*

Cover Letters that Wow

Is your cover letter competitive enough to get you that highly selective internship or full-time job?

Come to our cover letter workshop and learn how to craft a cover letter that speaks for you. Learn how to:

  • showcase your experiences
  • highlight key language
  • stand out from the crowd.

If you are already working on something, feel free to bring it! (This is not necessary, however)

Date and Time: 

Location:  LRC, 3rd Floor, Oviatt Library 
Presenter: