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LRC READING/WRITING WORKSHOPS

Writing Workshops:

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

Click below to read about / sign up for our reading and writing workshops!

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

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

 

Outlining and Pre-writing: Strategies for Organization *Now Enrolling!*

Outlining and Pre-writing: 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 February 19th, 3:30-4:30pm
Location:  LRC, 3rd Floor, Oviatt Library
Presenter: Sean      Click here to sign up for the Outlining and Prewriting Workshop

Crafting a Standout Personal Statement *Now Enrolling!*

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, February 20th, 3:00pm

Location:  LRC, 3rd Floor, Oviatt Library
Presenter:  Melissa           Click here to sign up for the Personal Statement Workshop

The Essay Refresh *Now Enrolling!*

The Essay Refresher

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
  • Organizational strategies
  • How to properly address an academic audience

Date and Time:   Thursday, February 21st, 3:30pm

Location:  LRC, 3rd Floor, Oviatt Library 
Presenter:        Click here to enroll in the Essay Refresher Workshop

Writing Powerful Paragraphs *Now Enrolling!*

Paragraph like a pro!

Everyone has heard some rules about paragraphing, but likely everyone has also seen professional writers break those rules. 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
  • Relations and Transitions
  • Ways to Arrange Paragraphs
  • Development and Length

Join us!

Date and Time: Tuesday February 26th, 3:30pm

Location: LRC Classroom, 3rd Floor, Oviatt Library 
Presenter:  Sean            Click here to sign up for the paragraphing workshop.

Using Academic Sources Effectively and Correctly *Now Enrolling*

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:  Wednesday, February 27th at 1:30pm

Location:  LRC, 3rd Floor, Oviatt Library 
Presenter:  Melissa           Click here to sign up for the workshop on working with academic sources

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. 

Date and Time:  Thursday, February 28th at 2:30pm

Location:  LRC, 3rd Floor,  Oviatt Library

Presenter: Loretta         Click here to sign up for the MLA Formatting Workshop

Understanding APA Formatting *Now Enrolling*

APA Formatting Workshop

Many students learn MLA format in their composition classes.  Then they need to adjust to APA style in their majors or GE courses.  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

Date and Time:  Thursday, February 28th at 4:00pm

Location:  LRC, Oviatt Library 

Presenter:  Loretta    Click here to sign up for the APA workshop on 2/28

Writing the Literature Review *Check back in March!*

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

¨ Correct formatting

Day/Time:

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

Building the Annotated Bibliography *Check back in March!*

The Annotated Bibliography

Getting started on some research?  Need to write an annotated bibliography, but aren't sure how?

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

Day/Time: 

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

Visual Thinking Strategies *Check back in March!*

Visual Thinking Strategies

Visual thinking is a vital skill for generating and developing new ideas and projects. It can help you to organize your thoughts and improve your ability to think and communicate. It can also function as an effective tool for conveying complex information.

At the Visual Thinking workshop, we will provide tools and techniques to help you use visual rhetoric in order to better:

  • Generate ideas
  • Organize thoughts
  • Communicate clearly

Date and Time: 

Location:  LRC, 3rd Floor, Oviatt Library 
Presenter:   Sean P.    

Effective Presentations *Check back in March!*

Effective Presentations

 The ability to give effective presentations is not just an academic skill, it is a crucial life skill that everyone should develop. Strong content, delivery, and presence is a winning combination that is both powerful and memorable. Come learn how to plan, design, and implement the kind of presentation that will shine! We will cover how to:

  • Structure
  • Engage
  • Communicate
  • Persuade!

Day/Time: 
Location:  LRC, 3rd Floor, Oviatt Library
Presenter:

How to Produce Good Writing that Works and Flows *Check back in April!*

Good Writing that Works and Flows

"Wow! That's good writing!" "That sentence is really working!" "This essay really flows!" These are all things writers want to hear about their work.

We invite you to join us at this dynamic workshop where you will learn techniques and methods for creating effective, fluid, concise writing. 

Date and Time: 

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

Avoiding the Top Five Grammar Errors *Check back in April!*

Avoiding the 5 Most Frequent Grammar Errors
Are you struggling with run-ons and fragments? Confused about punctuation? In our “Avoiding the Five Most Frequent 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:  

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

Finding Frequent Grammar Errors for Non-Native English Speakers *Check back in April!*

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:  

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

Strategies for Proofreading and Revision *Check back in May!*

Strategies for Proofreading and Revision 

 Are typos, misspellings, grammar, and punctuation errors stopping your work from looking polished and professional?

 Do you want to learn how to re-enter your work with "fresh eyes" in order to find ways to improve it?

This one-hour workshop will provide you with techniques for editing and revising your writing before you hand in your assignment.

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

Writing a Winning Scholarship Essay *Check back in May!*

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: 

Location:  LRC, Oviatt Library 
Presenter:  

Creating a Powerful Resume *Check back in May!*

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.
Date and Time:  
Location: LRC Classroom, 3rd Floor, Oviatt Library
Presenter: Eric D.    

Creating Great Cover Letters *Check back in May!*

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.

Date and Time:  

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

Mastering the Text: Close Reading and Annotation *Completed for spring 2019-check back next semester*

Mastering the Text: Close Reading and Annotation

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

Summarizing, Paraphrasing, and Quoting: How to Integrate Seamlessly *Completed for spring 2019-check back next semester*

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: 
Location:  LRC, 3rd Floor, Oviatt Library
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