This Fall, the Writing Center is hosting three workshops for undergraduates. Registration is easy; click on the link below the workshop you’d like to attend! All workshops will be held in the Writing Center, 122D English/Counseling Services Building.
Tues., Sept. 12, 3:30-4:30pm: Interpreting Assignments and Assignment Sheets
Have you ever been handed an assignment sheet and then thought, “I’m not sure what this means?” or “What do I do next?” In this interactive workshop, Writing Center staff will demystify the assignment sheet genre. We’ll look at sample assignment sheets from various disciplines and you are welcome to bring in assignment sheets from your courses to discuss with our staff. The workshop will cover how to meet assignment requirements, how to communicate and negotiate with your professor over an assignment, and how to break down or “chunk” assignments into manageable parts. Whether you’re new to campus or a veteran student, you’re welcome at this workshop!
Register for "Interpreting Assignments and Assignment Sheets"
Tues., Oct. 3, 3:30-4:30pm: Professional Correspondence
Let’s face it: communicating via email with faculty, staff, and potential employers is a big part of a student’s life, and it’s hard to know how to do it effectively and professionally without training. In this workshop, we’ll cover the A to Z of professional correspondence, including titling emails, addressing professors and potential employers, and writing with the readers’ needs and expectations in mind. We’ll also share and examples of professional (and unprofessional) correspondence. This workshop will help you whether you are new to the University or whether you are a veteran student preparing to go on the job market.
Register for "Professional Correspondence"
Tues., Nov. 7, 3:30-4:30pm: Designing Effective PowerPoints
Most of us have had to design a PowerPoint presentation and most of us have probably been bored by one. Common problems plague PowerPoints, such as having too much text, having content that is identical to what the speaker is relaying verbally, and just being too busy. In this workshop, Writing Center staff will teach effective models for PowerPoint design, discuss effective graphic design principles, and explain common misuses of PowerPoint. Whether you’re an undergraduate or graduate student, by the end of this workshop, you’ll have the tools to create an effective PowerPoint that will dazzle instead of bore!
Register for "Designing Effective PowerPoints"
For more information, contact:
Cydney Alexis, Writing Center Director
English/Counseling Services Building 122