Tuesday, February 19
Friday, Feb 22
Instructor: Holli Tonyan
Academic Arguments: How to Pick and Win a Good Fight
This workshop proposes that in order to make an effective argument, social scientists must refute any evidence that might support a counter-argument. Dr. Tonyan will organize this workshop around a metaphor: Why take ten "punches" if it only takes three to "knock out" an "opponent," or a counter-argument? Students will learn to organize their "punches," or evidence, in the way that is most effective in supporting their own arguments by besting potential counter-arguments.
Tuesday, March 5
Friday, March 8
Instructors: Ashley Frazier and Dat Tran
Facing the Blank Page: Strategies for Getting Started
In this workshop students will learn multiple strategies to start their essays. This workshop will feature numerous approaches to writing prompt-based and individual-research based essays. Participants will engage in discussion and activities aimed at dissecting the prompt, sketching an outline, and collecting quotes.
Tuesday, March 12
Instructor: Mark Otten
Writing Times and Places
Should I go the living room, the library, or... the beach? This workshop will be a practical discussion of when and where one might find it best to write. For example, we have more stuff than ever to distract us from being productive: phones, iPads and laptops with notifications going off constantly, etc. A collection of options will be presented for students to consider (e.g., hiding your phone for an hour, playing music - or not, writing with a buddy, finding the right time of day/night to write).
Tuesday, April 2
Friday, April 5
Instructor: Aimee Glocke
The Language of Liberation: How to Write in a Culturally Centered Way
Students are often hesitant to take Ethnic Studies courses, or to even choose paper topics that discuss different cultural groups because of their lack of personal exposure to these cultures and/or because they do not want to offend anyone in their writing. Therefore, this writing workshop will teach participants how to write in a culturally centered way, no matter what topic they choose to write about, by providing information on how to honor people’s culture, gender, religion, sexuality, class, etc. in every written assignment in the future.
Tuesday, April 9
Friday, April 12
Instructor: Miriam Neirick
Writing Tips and Tricks
In this workshop we will share common writing challenges that we’ve experienced along with tips, tricks, and strategies that have helped us to overcome them.