Through our Education and Outreach Committee, the Writing Center offers in-class workshops focused on foundational concepts in academic writing. Workshops are delivered by undergraduate Writing Center Tutors, and feature a mix of participatory presentation and hands-on exercises. Faculty may request these workshops for any undergraduate course. They are designed with first-year writing audiences in mind, but can be adapted slightly for other curricular settings. Without modification, each workshop takes approximately 45 minutes.
Crafting a Thesis: Our "Crafting a Thesis" workshop teaches students how to unpack complex assignments that, for example, pose multiple questions or ask the writer to make connections between seemingly disparate ideas. Our workshop identifies three primary pillars of thesis-writing — scope, significance, and stance — and gives students strategies for handling each via interactive discussion of sample prompts and theses. These strategies will help your students prepare to navigate different writing scenarios. This term, we include an option for your students to review their own theses at the end of the workshop.
Writing with Style and Clarity: Based on Joseph William's Style: Lessons in Clarity and Grace, our "Writing with Style and Clarity" workshop covers concision, nominalization, quote integration, flow, and passive vs. active voice. We will help your students identify stumbling blocks in their own writing, understand the problems they cause, and develop strategies to deal with them. This interactive workshop includes hands-on exercises that help students grasp these important concepts by finding and revising stylistic inefficiencies together. Your students will leave the workshop better equipped to revise their writing for style and clarity.
Using Zotero: This presentation teaches students how to use the Zotero citation management system. Students will learn about citing and organizing sources in support of writing projects, and we will underline the importance of accurate, thorough referencing throughout. We will help students navigate the software and apply their news skills to practice scenarios. Students will try the text annotation and key words features to strengthen their research skills. After this presentation, students will feel equipped to use Zotero for future assignments.
Custom Workshops: If you would like to develop a specific workshop not listed here - for example, a workshop focused on understanding the genre conventions of a particular assignment for a larger course - please contact us at rwit@Dartmouth.edu.