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LRC READING/WRITING WORKSHOPS

Learning Workshops:

The Writing Center is excited to offer all our workshops in a live online format using Zoom. 

To prepare, you will want to download Zoom here.
On the day and at the time of your workshop, you will receive an email containing a Zoom link and a workshop packet. The Zoom links are also listed in the signups below. See the drop down below to sign up for the workshops and access the links.

General Information on Workshops:

Our workshops offer opportunities for CSUN students to refine their reading, writing, and studying skills in interactive workshops facilitated by CSUN Faculty Consultants. We offer workshops focused on all stages of the crafting process, from close reading texts to proofreading final drafts. 
Check the calendar or choose a specific workshop from the accordion below for information and the sign up link.
(We are not offering UDWPE workshops at this time. For more information, 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 2020 but come see us for an appointment

 

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: Tuesday, September 8th at 3:00pm
Presenter: Star

Click here to enroll! 

Location: Zoom, click here for the virtual room (5-10 minutes before the workshop)

Summarizing, Paraphrasing, and Quoting: How to Integrate Seamlessly - Completed for Fall 2020 but come see us for an appointment

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: Thursday, September 10th at 4:00pm
Presenter: Star

Click here to sign up 

Location: Zoom, click here for the virtual room (5-10 minutes before the workshop)

Pre-writing and Outlining: Strategies for Brainstorming and Organization - Completed for Fall 2020 but come see us for an appointment

Pre-writing & Outlining: Strategies for Organization

We have all felt it before: the panic, the paralysis, the mental block that always seems to arrive after the writing is assigned. Where to start? How to turn scattered thoughts into organized gold? What can help every writer turn away from procrastination and towards productivity?

No matter what type of assignment you are working on, pre-writing and outlining are helpful tools in the writing process. Come to the outlining and pre-writing workshop where you will learn tips and tricks to help you

  • stimulate thoughts
  • choose topics
  • organize ideas
  • get writing!

Day/Time: Tuesday September 22nd at 3:00pm

Presenter:  Star

Click here to sign up

Location: Zoom, click here for the virtual room (5-10 minutes before the workshop)

Writing Powerful Paragraphs - Completed for Fall 2020 but come see us for an appointment

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: Thursday, September 24th, 3:30pm

Presenter:  Eric

Click here to sign up

Location: Zoom, click here for the virtual room (5-10 minutes before the workshop)

 

The Essay Refresh - Completed for Fall 2020 but come see us for an appointment

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:   Tuesday, September 29th, 3:00pm

Presenter: Star

Click here to sign up!

Location: Zoom, click here for the virtual room (5-10 minutes before the workshop)

 

Crafting a Standout Personal Statement - Completed for Fall 2020 but come see us for an appointment

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. 

Click here to sign up! (You need to sign up ahead of time so that we can email you the workshop materials)

Working with Sources, Part 1: Finding and Evaluating Sources - Completed for Fall 2020 but come see us for an appointment

Working with Sources, Part 1: Finding and Evaluating Sources
Conducting research for a paper or project can be overwhelming! If you need to work with outside sources for a project or paper, this workshop can help you get started. The first part of successfully using outside sources is finding ones that work well for you! In this workshop, we will cover:  
·        Figuring out what sources to look for
·        Understanding how and where to find quality sources
·        Evaluating the sources you have found
·        Keeping track of where you are getting sources

Date and Time:  Tuesday, October 6th at 3:00pm
Location:  Location: Zoom, click here for the virtual room (5-10 minutes before the workshop)

Presenter:  Star

Click here to sign up! (You need to sign up ahead of time so that we can email you the workshop materials)

NEW! Group Work That Works - Completed for Fall 2020 but come see us for an appointment

Group Work That Works
You are a hard-working student, dedicated to doing the best work you can in all your courses. But what happens when you are given a group project that asks you to put your trust and your grade in the hands of your peers and asks them to trust you as well? End your group work anxieties and learn to effectively work as part of a team. Join us for this workshop, where we will cover:  •Using technology to collaborate
•Best practices for “meeting” virtually
•Strategies for assigning roles and duties
•Avoiding pitfalls

Date and Time: Wednesday October 7th at 3:00pm

Presenter:  Loretta

Click here to sign up

Location: Zoom, click here for the virtual room (5-10 minutes before the workshop)

 

Working with Sources, Part 2: Incorporating Sources - Completed for Fall 2020 but come see us for an appointment

Working with Sources, Part 2: Incorporating Sources
So, you’ve done your research and found some sources to use in your project or paper. Now what do you do with them? This hands-on workshop will help you to skillfully integrate those sources into your work in a meaningful way. We will cover:
·        Understanding what it means to “engage with” sources
·        Incorporating those sources into your writing
·        Citing those sources responsibly

Click here to sign up! (You need to sign up ahead of time so that we can email you the workshop materials)

 

Writing the Annotated Bibliography - Completed for Fall 2020 but come see us for an appointment

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!

Writing with "Flow" - Completed for Fall 2020 but come see us for an appointment

 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 21th, 3:00pm

Presenter:  Loretta

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

Location: Zoom, click here for the virtual room (5-10 minutes before the workshop)

The Literature Review - Completed for Fall 2020 but come see us for an appointment

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:  Thursday, October 22nd at 4:00pm

Presenter:  Eric

Click here to sign up

Location: Zoom, click here for the virtual room (5-10 minutes before the workshop)

Avoiding Grammar Errors: Verbs, Articles and More - Completed for Fall 2020 but come see us for an appointment

Grammar Errors: Verbs, Articles, and More! 

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: Tuesday October 27th at 3:00pm

Presenter:   Star

Location:  Location: Zoom, click here for the virtual room (5-10 minutes before the workshop)

Click here to sign up (make sure you sign up before the workshop so that we can email you the materials) 

Avoiding Grammar Errors: Run-Ons, Commas, and More - Completed for Fall 2020 but come see us for an appointment

Grammar Errors - Run-ons, Commas, and more!
Are you struggling with run-ons and fragments? Confused about punctuation? In this 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 29th at 4:00pm

Presenter:    Eric

Location:  Online via zoom, click here for the virtual room (5-10 minutes before the start time)

Click here to sign up for grammar errors: run-ons, commas, and more

 

Writing a Winning Scholarship Essay -Completed for Fall 2020 but come see us for an appointment

Writing a Winning Scholarship Essay

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 3rd at 3:00pm

Presenter: Star

Location: Zoom, click here for the virtual room (5-10 minutes before the workshop)

Click here to sign up (you need to sign up ahead of time so that we can email you the workshop materials!)

Presentations that Succeed - Completed for Fall 2020 but come see us for an appointment

Presentations That Succeed
Has your professor assigned a presentation that makes your palms sweaty? You are smart and knowledgeable but does the thought of presenting your work in front of a class stress you out? Presenting or speaking in front of an audience is one of the most common fears people face. But communicating your ideas clearly and presenting them in a public forum is important for success not just in college, but in many professional settings as well. Come learn tips and strategies for presenting like a pro.•Planning and strategizing for your presentation
•Making a great impression
•Pacing yourself
•Overcoming nerves
•Presenting in an online forum/classroom

Date and Time:  Wednesday November 4th at 3:00pm
Presenter: Loretta

Location:  Location: Zoom, click here for the virtual room (5-10 minutes before the workshop)

Click here to enroll in the Presentations that Succeed workshop

 

APA Style - Completed for Fall 2020 but come see us for an appointment

APA Style

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, November 17th at 3:00pm

Presenter:  Star

Click here to sign up

Location: Zoom, click here for the virtual room (5-10 minutes before the workshop)

MLA Style - Completed for Fall 2020 but come see us for an appointment

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:   Thursday, November 19th at 4:00pm

Presenter:  Eric

Click here to sign up

Location: Zoom, click here for the virtual room (5-10 minutes before the workshop)

Chicago Style - Completed for Fall 2020 but come see us for an appointment

Chicago Style

You are practically an expert at writing a paper in MLA format. APA papers are a breeze for you. But now you are asked to write a paper in Chicago style, and you want to get it right. We are here to help in this hands on, interactive workshop. If you are currently working on a Chicago style paper, feel free to bring it. Whether or not you have been assigned a Chicago style paper, you will leave this workshop with a template that will help you format your work correctly every time.

In this workshop, you will learn to:

•Format your paper properly,
•Create a bibliography,
•Incorporate in text citations, both footnotes and parenthetical.

Join us! 

Date and Time:  Wednesday, November 18th at 3:00pm

Presenter:  Loretta

Click here to sign up

Location: Zoom, click here for the virtual room (5-10 minutes before the workshop)

 

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 December 1st at 3:00pm

Presenter:  Star

Click here to sign up for the proofreading workshop 

Location: Zoom, click here for the virtual room (5-10 minutes before the workshop)

Revising with Confidence - Now Enrolling!

Revising with Confidence

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

Join us!

Date and Time: Thursday December 3rd at 4:00pm

Presenter: Eric

Location: Zoom, click here for the virtual room (5-10 minutes before the workshop)

Click here to enroll in the Revision Workshop

Writing the Abstract - Now Enrolling!

Writing Abstracts
Need to write an abstract? This short-but-important document can be challenging to create, but our workshop is here to help! Come to this interactive, hands-on Writing Abstracts workshop, where we will help you to:
·        Understand the purpose of an abstract
·        Identify the key features of an abstract
·        Learn strategies for writing an effective abstract

Date and Time:  Wednesday, December 2nd at 3:00pm

Presenter:  Loretta

Click here to sign up

Location: Zoom, click here for the virtual room (5-10 minutes before the workshop)

 

Creating Great Cover Letters - Now Enrolling!

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: Monday December 7th from 3:00pm

Presenter:  Star

Location:  Online via zoom, click here for the virtual room (5-10 minutes before the start time)

Click here to sign up for the Cover Letter Workshop

Creating a Powerful Resume - Now Enrolling!

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:  Tuesday December 8th at 3:00pm
Presenter: Star

Location:  Location: Zoom, click here for the virtual room (5-10 minutes before the workshop)

Click here to enroll in the Resume workshop