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In-Class Workshops

Handling Writer's Block (45 to 60 minutes)

This workshop explains to participants what writer's block is and how it manifests physically and mentally. Participants will learn about what writer's block looks like for them and how to break through what is keeping them from writing.

Making Time to Write (45 to 60 minutes)

Students often struggle to find time to write even when as due dates loom. Writers learn about the differences between finding time to write and making time to write, and how making time to write is a smarter strategy in the end.

Developing a Thesis Statement (50 minutes)

Writers learn how to craft a thesis statement around a narrow topic and stance and then refine it by brainstorming document content.

Building Strong Paragraphs (60 to 75 minutes)

Participants learn how to write clear topic sentences and to revise paragraphs for unity, coherence, and adequate development. Writers also practice using transitions and signposts within and between paragraphs.

Responding to Peers' Writing (50-75 Minutes)

This workshop prepares writers to respond to peers’ writing through a demonstration of effective feedback practices followed by a peer response session. Faculty should make grading rubrics available before this workshop.

Revising a Draft (50-75 Minutes)

Writers explore the differences between revision and editing and the importance of both in the writing process. They learn revision techniques and then revise their own work.

Writing a Literature Review (50 minutes)

During the workshop, writers learn to incorporate sources into a focused review of the literature for a specific research project.

Creating Poster Presentations (50 minutes)

Participants follow a four-step process to create informative and visually appealing posters for class or conference purposes.

Writing in APA Style (50 Minutes)

Writers are introduced to the rationale behind APA Style. Discussion topics include integrating sources and avoiding plagiarism, paraphrasing and direct quotations, in-text citations, and reference lists.

Writing in MLA Style (50 Minutes)

Writers are introduced to the rationale behind MLA Style. Discussion topics include integrating sources and avoiding plagiarism, paraphrasing and direct quotations, in-text citations, and works cited lists.

Writing in Chicago Style (50 Minutes)

Writers are introduced to the rationale behind Chicago Style. Discussion topics include integrating sources and avoiding plagiarism, paraphrasing and direct quotations, in-text citations, footnotes, and bibliographies.

Custom Workshops

Do none of the above fit your goals for your students? We can create a workshop specific to a course project. Please contact Terese Thonus at 785-864-2398 or at tthonus@ku.edu.

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